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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- October 2015

I do still have a few flowers to show for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. The garden is on its last legs, although we don't have a frost in the near forecast at this time. We're having fewer sunny days, and more rainy and foggy ones, although I would still say not as rainy as a normal October. Just yesterday I was digging holes to plant some Allium bulbs, and only 5 inches or so down, the soil is dry as dust.

Anyway, here's what's flowering in my garden and in the greenhouse.

My Brugs are still going strong, but all you get today is a closeup of a flower.  They're still filling the garden with wonderful scent.

I don't recall offhand the name of this Dahlia, but it's perfectly matched with the Panicum behind it.

The same Dahlia, but a different flower with a bit more pink on the petal tips.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Calendula 'Solar Flashback' is still producing flowers. I need to get out there and gather seeds.

This pink Nicotiana sowed itself from plants originally planted over a year ago.

One of just a few last California poppies

A golden Alstroemeria (possibly 'Tangerine Tango')

Arbutus unedo compacta

Chocolate Joe Pye Weed (not called Eupatorium anymore, right? Ageratum something?)

 Fuchsia magellanica has been flowering pretty much all summer

Fuchsia magellanica aurea too. Although they're common in the PNW, no garden here that wants to attract hummingbirds should be without these great plants.

Newly planted Geranium 'Ann Folkard' has produced its first flower.

This past weekend, Nigel helped me with "The Great Migration" of tender plants into the greenhouse. I had already cleaned all the dying tomatoes out of it, and installed two more wire racks for holding plants. Some of those plants are flowering.

Aloe backed by the strappy leaves of a magenta Cordyline


Also a Begonia

Tiny Cactus flower

Pelargonium sidoides

Alstroemeria 'Rock and Roll' might survive the winter outside if we actually have the mild winter they're predicting, but I had room for it, so it came in.

Euphorbia millii (Crown of Thorns) has been flowering since I bought it this spring

And, in the category of incipient flowers, here are a couple of buds.


Christmas Cactus (or maybe Thanksgiving Cactus)

That's it for Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Check out her post here, and also the many posts from bloggers around the world.