It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for October, and since I missed September, and have posted very little for the month, I figured I better put a post together. With my son's wedding in September and the travel that came along with it, I seem to have spent most of the last month in some kind of altered state, rarely thinking about the blog much.
The flowers I have to show this month are actually pretty much the same ones that were flowering last month, so no harm done with missing a month's post. Even though we had a frost last week, many flowers haven't missed a beat and are still flowering today.
|A second wave of flowers on Centranthus ruber -- I allowed the previous to go to seed, and I can already see that was a mistake -- babies everywhere!|
|Astrantia major 'Vanilla Gorilla'|
|Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and Leucanthemum 'Crazy Daisy'|
|Calamintha nepeta 'Marvelette Blue'|
|My neighbor's side of the new prairie bed is a riot of flowers, many grown from seed this past winter|
|Heliopsis helianthoides 'Burning Hearts'|
|Veronica teucrium 'Royal Blue'|
|Poppy mallow/Callirhoe involucrata|
|Not a flower, actually, but a berry drupe, on Leycesteria formosa/Himalayan honeysuckle|
|Floppy spent flowers on Eucomis, looking very octopus-like|
|A tall Aster whose name I've lost|
|Eryngium 'Blue Glitter'|
|Cyclamen that has popped up from seed in an out-of-the-way spot|
|Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' is smothered in flowers|
|Normally there are quite a few of last year's berries still hanging with this year's flowers, but I had to hunt hard for these two|
|Most of the Dahlias have collapsed, but a few are still standing upright|
|Ready to give up the ghost|
|Last few flowers of Geranium 'Wargrave's Pink' which has a first spring flush and then flowers sporadically all summer|
|Most of the oakleaf Hydrangea flowers have faded to brown, but it has produced two bright white new ones|
There are more flowers inside the greenhouse, where all the summer players from the front porch display have been put away.
|Pelargonium sidoides, which never flowers here until I put it away for the winter|
|Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'|
|Packed away in an obscure corner of the greenhouse, the flowers of Aloe 'Christmas Carol' rise above the fray|
Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here.