Though I do have blooms in the garden, there is little to show for October that hasn't already been shown in September or August. The temperatures and humidity may have moderated, and some of the trees are just now starting to bronze, but it is basically still summer here. So I am stretching the rules for this month's Bloom Day and will show some of what I saw last weekend in Shenandoah National Park - where it was indeed fall.
The campground where we ended up staying was nearly overrun with two plants, Clematis virginiana with its showy seedheads and...
... Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus).
There were several varieties of Aster still blooming though I am not entirely positive which species they are. Perhaps this one is Heath Aster (Aster ericoides).
There were still a few Thistles in bloom.
Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) was just comming into bloom.
The Coralberry was not the only fruit showing color. The Hawthorns (Crataegus) and...
... American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) were adding lots of color to the park.
The seed pods of Purple Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) were popping out everywhere to ensure next summer's blooms,
and I was not the only creature enjoying them.
I will continue sharing our trip through the park in the next few posts, but if you would like to see what other gardeners are sharing at this time of year, please visit Carol at May Dreams Garden who graciously hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.