The growing season is drawing to a close here in north Alabama. The temperatures have been dipping near the freezing mark all week and a frost is sure to come this week. Yesterday seemed like a January or February day with dark skies, wind and rain. Heavy black clouds made me think that it could snow.
Today though was sunny but cold. We took advantage of the day to get the leaves up (we are amazed at how many there are), put away the fountain pumps and disconnect the urn fountain. A few flowers and bright autumn colors are still lingering -
A shasta daisy (above) still looks fresh, oblivious of the cold weather.
Hydrange blooms can take on interesting hues in cooler temperatures. This is "Charm" and "Blushing Bride" -
The leaves of the oakleaf hydrangea are always spectacular in the fall months -
The Japanese maples are still beautiful. I don't know the name of this one. It is only about two feet tall.
This aster, named for garden designer Ryan Gainey, wasn't as pretty as it usually it this year. The color was all washed out and the blooms were somewhat puny.
There are other flowers, like roses, salvia and camellias that are blooming but I didn't have time to photograph them but most of those were featured in last month's bloom day post.