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Toad Lily – a delicate flower in chilly october

It was chilly & the rains were back.  With the soil moist it was a good time to dig & destroy dandelions.  It’s my ongoing mission, to keep the flower beds free. A depressing mission really, because it’s a task that’ll never be done.  Regardless, and especially on wet days, I persevere.

toad lily bloom in autumn
photo by SVSeekins

On this one wet day I received a delightful reward.  A toad lily bloom.

A flower in October!  Woo Hoo!   I knelt beside it to get a closer look.  The poor little thing is so tiny & delicate – – but so pretty!

The starter plant wasn’t substantial when I got it from MT of the View Royal Garden Club during a garden tour in July.  I’d marked it carefully hoping not to weeded it out by mistake.  It had grown a little.

Now there was sign that deer enjoyed it too.  Little nibbles showed where more blooms would’ve been.  Obviously I hadn’t been as attentive as the deer.  Thankfully they’d left this bloom for me to admire.

Happily, the flower has lasted well over a month. I’m looking forward to watching this perennial establish.  It’s such a nice part of the autumn garden.

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Cotoneaster – great color in october

cotoneaster seasonal color
photo by SVSeekins

In summer the Cotoneaster flowers are inconsequential, but in fall the berries really shine.

Identifying the 5 foot tall shrub that was on the property when I arrived had me stumped.  Recently KC told me it is a Cotoneaster.  I’m familiar with the short  groundcover. There are several samples of that around the yard.  CM doesn’t like them because fall leaves get caught up in them, and they’re not friendly to rakes.  But this shrub is a much taller relative. Who knew?

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