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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- October 2013

I can't do much out in the garden right now, because of my back, but at least I can walk around with the camera. And walking is good for me. I seldom realize just how much is blooming until I go out there to take photos.

Here's what I have to show off for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

Echinacea purpurea

Penstemon ('Blackbird' I think), whose flowers contrast nicely with the leaf splotch on my Geranium 'Samobor'

Yellow Corydalis

Penstemon 'Tubular Bells'

Erysimum is one of those plants whose flowers just keep going forever

I can always depend on Fuchsia magellanica to flower from spring to fall

Now is the time of year when Cyclamen coum makes its appearance

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrow' is so much happier since I moved it into more shade

Aster 'Purple Prince' has such tiny flowers

Fall is the time for Tricyrtis formosana to make its presence known too

This Aster, whose name I don't know, has been in full bloom for a while now.

I sowed Alyssum in this bed under cloches way back in February or March, and they are still going. Some of the seeds spread into the gravel of my neighbor's driveway, and she left them.

They make a nice contrast with the purple cloud of Aster

The Brugmansia that I bought earlier this year at Means Nursery in Portland is putting on a second flush of flowers.

This variegated Brug is not as far along, just starting to produce its first buds. I wonder if it will flower before frost.

I'm going to have to bring this Aloe glauca in soon.

Pink Begonia boliviensis

Bougainvillea from our recent visit to WeHop is looking healthy. I'd like to put it in a nicer pot, but I keep reading on the web how fragile their roots are, which puts the fear of God into me. Who needs a prettier pot when the flowers are this beautiful?

So far the only plant I've moved into the house to overwinter is my banana. Everything else is still happy out on my front porch, and in the gravel garden. We are having such a nice sunny week, with no frost in the short-range forecast, although the temps at night have gone down to the high 30s. Such a dilemma. Leave them out to benefit from the last rays of full sun, or bring them in just in case the temps go lower than expected? Well, it may be risky behavior, but I'm leaving them out till the weekend.

I hope you still have lots blooming at this time of year. Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day every month on the fifteenth. Go to her post here and check out what other bloggers around the world are showing off on their posts.


  1. If they've all been outside this long then I'd say definitely leave them til the weekend, they'll love the sunshine AND perhaps Nigel will be around to help so you don't stress your back?

    Are the new flowers on the Bougainvillea pinker? I was seriously considering purchasing one (in New Mexico) with flowers that started out pinkish and then faded to orange.

  2. Fantastic flowers and colors

  3. Even though it's flirting with disaster, when plants still look this good in mid October I can't bring myself to cut them down and toss them in the house either. Penstemons and Echinaceas are long gone but I have many of the same bloomers here on the right coast. Happy GBBD!

  4. Beautiful blooms! I've been slowly bringing things into my sunroom, just because it's less hard work doing it over time , than trying to get it all done at once.

  5. Golden Arrow really does prefer a bit of shade, doesn't it...sadly, it took me a year to realize it!

  6. You have a nice collection for GBBD! I particularly like that Aster 'Purple Prince' - I've never seen it before.

  7. I say be a risk-taker, at least through this week when the sun is so nice! You made me realize I didn't look for blossoms on my Tricyrtis formosana: It's hidden behind a vine maple and hard to see...must check it tomorrow! Happy GBBD, Alison!

  8. After looking at this months Bloomday posts, I am reminded about the Asters I want and never seem to remember to buy. I've made a list, if I actually buy and plant I'll thank you next fall ...

  9. Nice selection Alison! Hopefully you'll get some relief from your back pain soon.

  10. My favorites are that aloe glauca and penstemon 'Blackbird'. I love the deep saturated pinks you use in your garden. Have you tried whiskey for your back? It's worth a shot.

  11. On the porch with a roof overhead, everything should be happy unless there's a hard freeze. Early freezes tend to just last a few hours, unlike cold that comes and stays.

    I think I'll go sprinkle alyssum seeds between my cabbages.

    Yay! for the Brugs. I love when they put on that next flush of bloom.

  12. LOL at Heather's remedy for your back. I am treating my sore arm with chocolate. Kit Kats and Reese's pieces don't do much for the arm, but it sure makes me happy.

  13. I love sweet alyssum, especially that scent! The only thing is it fizzles when the summer turns hot and humid, so I don't plant it anymore.

  14. You have so many things still blooming! The brugs are fantastic, I hope you get to see the variegated one bloom. I fixed my back taking MSM, magnesium, boron, and colloidal (trace) minerals.

  15. An impressive arrary. I never can figure out when you garden bloggers do your bloom days and such! I guess I always have a work story to write about but...where is this schedule set down, anyway?

  16. I enjoyed seeing your plants and blooms. We've had lows down to 28 at the airport a couple times, but no hard freeze. Larry was all worried, so we have brought a few plants in. I need to be picking the last of the tomatoes and peppers.


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