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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- October 2017

Once again, it's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. It's hard to believe that we are halfway through October already. Where does the time go? I still have so much I need and want to get done this fall, but I am rapidly running out of time.

Unfortunately, I started September by pulling my shoulder, and once the muscles finally stopped screaming, I realized I also had a pinched nerve, which left my right arm and neck in pain and my fingers tingling, which gets worse if I sit at the computer for any length of time. The doctor gave me a prescription NSAID, but the only real help for a pinched nerve is time. I have lots of pictures and posts in the pipeline, but really need to take it easy on the shoulder.

Something for you to look forward to over the winter!

This tall purple aster is the biggest and brightest thing in my garden right now

The pollinators, like this cutie-pie hoverfly, love it

I managed to follow him from one flower...

...To the next.

My overflowing pot ghetto has plenty of flowers in it too.

I bought two Mahonia 'Soft caress' at the Heronswood Sale.

Still unplanted pink flower whose name I can't remember

Three gallon pots of Agastache, bought at discount because they were past it, have rebloomed after being cut back severely

The tuberous Begonias are still flowering well. Now I just have to figure out how to overwinter them.

Hummingbird favorite Fuchsia magellanica


Chocolate Eupatorium (which isn't called Eupatorium any more, but I don't care)

Yellow Corydalis pops up everywhere, here it is amongst Geranium phaeum foliage

A little fall rebloom on native bleeding heart Dicentra formosa

Calamagrostis brachytricha

Golden Hakone grass beside the waterfall

Sheffield Pink Mums are just starting to open

This huge cluster of buds on Tetrapanax will never open before frost, but its flower look like every other Araliaceae family plant, clusters of white puffballs.

I moved almost all my tender plants off the front porch and into the greenhouse a couple of weeks ago. We've had some pretty cold nights lately, and I've even turned on the heater out there.

Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' flowers look like just about every other Begonia grown for its foliage


Pelargonium sidoides

'Old Lady' cactus looks very much like I might if I decided to wear flowers in my hair

That's most of what's blooming in my garden right now. I managed to finish this post without too much pain, so things might be looking up.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here, and all the other posts by bloggers around the world celebrating their blooms.


  1. In the course of my fall revisions for next year I decided I have been remiss in the Aster dept. I used to have quite a few and I miss them.Love that dark purple on yours !

  2. That aster is drop-dead gorgeous, Alison! Seeing the tuberous begonias and the fuchsias makes me wish my lath/shade house wasn't still a dream at this point. However, the plant I covet the most this month is probably that golden hakone grass but I suppose it wouldn't like our bone dry summer-fall conditions :(

  3. Enjoyed seeing what's up in your garden. The Aster is a stunner and the Begonias even better. I hope you can overwinter them successfully!

  4. Hope that shoulder improves quickly. Too much keyboard time years back gave me a pinched nerve near the scapula, and the first and only time I visited a chiro solved the problem. Just an FYI -- I know people have strong opinions on chiros. That is one of the best photos I've seen of P. sidoides!

  5. Sorry about your shoulder and nerve! Lots of happy blooms in your garden this month! The tuberous begonias will be fine if, after the frost kills the tops, you put them, pots and all, in your garage or greenhouse and ignore them until you see new growth in March or so when you see new growth begin. Then they'll want a bright warm location, food and water and you'll have even stronger plants next year! Looking forward to seeing those posts in the pipeline!

  6. Persistent pain is no fun. Be careful and get better.
    What do I have blooming? Roses and fuchsias and sedums, primroses, cyclamen, hydrangeas, geraniums. That's about it. I guess.

  7. Love your close-ups of the tender stuff...and hope you're back to 100% soon.

  8. Oh gosh, I'm so sorry for your pain. I'm sending you healing thoughts. I love all your wonderful plants but most especially the "Old Lady" cactus. I can relate to the hair color.


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