The white Abyssinian gladiolus bloomed. Some years our summers are not long and warm enough for that to happen.

Today's photos are from Nancy Sarpola's garden out in Oregon. We've visited Nancy's garden several times over the last couple of years--you'll find the most recdent post and links to previous posts HERE.) She says, "Our 1/4 acre garden is on a hillside in the Willamette Valley. October began warm and sunny..." **The rest of the descriptions are in the captions, in order.** Nancy, such lovely scenes. Thanks so much! Keep sending in updates, please.

SEND ME PICS OF YOUR GARDEN, OR A GARDEN YOU'VE VISITED! Email me at GPOD@taunton.com. Thanks! --Michelle

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There were a lot of dahlias, including this red and yellow one called 'Pooh'.

In November, we dropped to 23 degrees and most of the flowers froze, but the Cyclamen hederifolium was still blooming at the very end of November.

Our coralbark maple turns a lovely yellow in late October. 

The stellar's jays come down from the woods in fall. This one is giving me a worried look and soon flew away. 

The hummingbirds are so drawn to this tender salvia that they are fairly easy to photograph! The salvia is also gone since the big freeze.  

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