I did brave the rain on Sunday to get out there and take some pictures of my plants that are still blooming, but some of these were taken last week when it was still dry. Others were taken just this morning, during a break in the rain when the sun actually came out again and there were patches of blue sky.
|Penstemon 'Tubular Bells' beside the stream
|I actually forgot this was there, planted from seed. There were so many other earlier bloomers covering it up, and when I cut them back, the Penstemon saw its opportunity and took it.
|Also 'Tubular Bells' but a slightly different set of colors
|Joe-Pye Weed 'Little Joe' and little bee
|Kniphofia 'Creamsicle' -- a tiny, delicate flower in the gravel garden. I planted three different torch lilies this year, and this was the only one to bloom
|Hydrangea 'Pistachio' still in its container, blooming profusely.
|Impatiens omeiana, also flowering in its pot. I bought it for its foliage, had no idea it produced such lovely little flowers.
|Enormous Fuchsia magellanica has been flowering for months. It never needed cutting back after our easy winter, and hasn't skipped a beat for flowers during our long, dry summer. I'm sure the hummers are grateful.
|I've had some minor success rooting cuttings this year, so I may give this Fuchsia a try in the early spring.
|'Sheffield Pink' Chrysanthemum
|This seed-sown Dahlia has now returned two years in a row
|NOID Dahlia, but I love the colors. I'm going to give this one a much more prominent spot in next year's garden.
|Japanese Anemone 'Pamina' looks a bit beaten down by the rain
|Pennisetum 'Karley Rose' also heavily laden with rain, has been drooping all summer actually
|It's the wrong time of year for our native Dicentra formosa to be blooming, but this one self-sowed this year in an odd spot, and it's been determined to grow big and strong so it could bloom before the year is out.
That's about it for October, here in my Pacific Northwest Garden south of Seattle, in what is probably zone 7b, but might be 8 (who knows any more?). Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted by Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens, and lots of other great posts are waiting for you at the link.