I was at a local apple and pumpkin and cider stand recently, and they had a rack of sad-looking bedding plants greatly marked down; some perennials, some annuals. Some had already clearly been affected by a hard frost. I figured, for only a couple bucks, I’d take a chance on a yarrow with silvery foliage, and also something missing its tag that seems to be in the dianthus/carnation family. When I got to the cash register, they threw them in for free!
The dianthus is inside, but the yarrow is outside since I thought I’d try to plant it next to our heated garage before the weather changed. Or not; perhaps it will come inside too until the spring. In the meantime, it’s an unexpected late fall bloom as I go in and out of our door.
This weekend’s weather is predicted to be unseasonably mild and even sunshiney one day. Time to get out in the garden one last time!