Storey staffers and friends share October garden scenes.

Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite season in New England (and no, it’s not just because apple cider donuts are suddenly available everywhere). It’s the cooler air, the brilliant foliage, the bustle of creatures preparing for winter, the gradual turning inward, and gardens going slowly, brilliantly quiet. This month, all of contributor MaryAnn Nøbben’s photos show a world covered in frost’s jagged lace. She is in Norway, of course, but such scenes are on their way to us soon enough. In the meantime, let’s soak up as much autumn garden splendor as we can. What’s (still) blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor

Deanna Cook, Northampton, Massachusetts


Sunny zinnias in bloom on the front path.

Gwen Steege, Williamstown, Massachusetts



Grasses and Cotinus

Grasses and Cotinus

Sassafras in fall colors

Sassafras in fall colors

Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts

Purple asters

These purple asters are everywhere these days, offering a quiet contrast to fall’s bold colors.

Red dahlia

My dahlias were slow to arrive this year, but now they’re out in full force.

Sedum flower

I love how sedum is simultaneously hardy and delicate.

Ornamental grass against sky

I don’t remember what kind of ornamental grass this is — and I guess it’s not technically blooming — but I found these silhouetted seedheads stunning.

English Shepherd with helenium

My English Shepherd is usually good about staying out of the garden, but she must have known this was her last chance this year to get into a Bloom Day picture. Here she is guarding our helenium.

MaryAnn Nøbben, Norway

Foggy landscape Norway

We’ve had over a week of freezing night and half the day temperatures as Lady Fall makes her departure, taking the warmth with her. Our mornings start out with very thick fog, which freezes so beautifully on everything, and then burns off, leaving us a clear, sunny, but cool day.

Frost covered wild yarrow and geranium

Wild yarrows and geraniums

frost covered pea blossom

The last of the pea blossoms.

frost web

Lacy frost covering the columbine and poppy seedheads.

Cows grazing frost landscape

The cows enjoying their last days of fresh grass, fresh air and sunshine before being closed in for the winter. I kind of know how they feel!!

Debbie Surdam, Hoosick, New York

yellow mums

Sunny yellow mums

white mums

More mums

Pink zinnias

Zinnias provide a pop of pink.

pink gerbera daisy

Gerbera daisy in bloom

Sweet potato vine

Trailing sweet potato vines provide a burst of cheerful green.

Lisa Hiley, Williamstown, Massachusetts


I’ve been cutting this foxglove back all summer and it just keeps blooming.

Alyssum, portulaca, and zinnias

Alyssum, portulaca, and zinnias — still going strong.

Chokecherry bush

My new chokeberry bush in front of something crazy prolific — I can’t remember what it is!

Pansy and lantana in a pot on the porch

Petunia and lantana in a pot on the porch.

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