Third week in October and I had to take my jacket off…

The Gardener's Lodge.

Built in 1902 the Gardener's Lodge next to the Greenhouses was built to house the superintendents of the Public Gardens. Today it is used as an administrative building for HRM.

Tilia x europaea (European Linden).

A better example of an Allee than the Grande Allee (it wasn't as hard hit by Hurricane Juan), this line of Tilia x europaea (European Linden), above the serpentine beds along Summer st., were probably planted in the late 1800's. They perfume the air in mid to late June.

The golden apricot color of the Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree) by the Jubilee Fountain, heralds the arrival of fall and the presence of that mouth-watering cotton candy scent.

This disfiguring fungal disease ( Tar Spot on Acer (Maple) , is widespread on Maple trees around HRM. Fortunately it only becomes apparent late in the season, and does no serious harm. To contain it, fallen leaves must be raked up and destroyed during the fall.

The pink "flowers" on this Aralia elata (Devils walking-stick) , are actually inflorescences (the structure that bears the flowers and fruit). During summer, they are green and bear white flowers, turning pink as their black berries ripen then fall.

This 113 year old Platanus x acerifolia ( London Planetree), may be commonplace in Europe, but not so in the Maritimes. It is valued for its beautiful bark (which resembles camouflage material, with patches of olive-green, browns and cream).

Now a close-up of the bark of the Platinus x acerifolia ( London Planetree). No two trees are alike. Notice the entrance some critter has made into the heartwood of this tree.

Madonna may turn her nose up at these flowers, but I can't imagine a garden without them. The flowers are true chameleons, beginning life as small pale green clusters, morphing to blue, then lavender with dusty rose accents.

I told you this place is blessed... we can even grow Hibiscus! Actually these are a hardy variety and not the tropical ones. But they sure look the part, even in late October.

Hybrid Tea Roses are too fussy for my taste as a gardener. Fortunately the Gardens have a wonderful dedicated bunch of gardeners who take on the fuss and leave me with the pleasure of admiring these beauties.

Bottoms up!!!

As you can see, there is still lots of life left in this old season. You just have to get a little closer or narrow your focus  a bit. The effort is worth it.