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Monday, October 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- October 2018

Here's a record of what's blooming in my garden this October.

Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' is covered in flowers, and often frequented by hummingbords

Most years it has both flowers and last year's strawberry-shaped fruit at the same time, but not this year

A handful of Calendulas are still hanging on, despite some very cold overnight temperatures, close to freezing

Helianthus and purple Aster

A couple of California poppies have rebloomed since our return of rain

Most of the Echinaceas are dried seedheads, but they have produced a few new blooms

Hardy Geranium 'Wargrave Pink' goes on all summer and into fall

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is mostly finished blooming, I think, sometimes it's hard to tell

This Japanese Anemone whose name I've lost has produced one bloom, it's in a terrible weed-infested spot where it gets neither enough sun nor enough water

The tuberous Begonias are still flowering, although the foliage doesn't look its best.

Dahlias are still flowering heavily too, although the rain we've had has beaten some of them down a bit. I'll have to try to remember to give them more support next year.

Dahlia 'Black Beauty'

'Black Beauty'

Dinner plate Dahlia

Leaning over (I won't show the ones that have planted their faces all the way down in the dirt)

Cyclamen hederifolium

Chocolate Eupatorium

Geranium 'Ann Folkard'

Corydalis lutea


Most of the oakleaf Hydrangea flowers have turned brown, but there are a couple of new white ones

I've lost track of the name of this pink Hydrangea still growing in a pot, I wonder if some day I'll get it in the ground

I was very late getting my Brugmansias out of the garage, and they only started flowering about two weeks ago, just in time to go back in

All the tender plants have made it into the greenhouse to be overwintered once again, and a few are flowering.
Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' stands in for all the other leafy Begonias, since all their flowers pretty much look the same

I realized when I moved my Hindu Rope Hoya into the greenhouse that it has been producing flower clusters for a while, since there were quite a few dried ones

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the fifteenth of the month. Check out her post here.


  1. There are quite a few bright spots of bloom left in your garden even as it declines for the winter. Good to see a post from you again. Hope all is well.

  2. Beautiful! Love the Begonias and Dahlias!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  3. California poppies! Your tuberous begonias are gorgeous - mine are unimpressive and as a result probably will not earn permanent spot in my small lath house. Your dahlias are looking great despite all the rain, whereas many of mine collapsed in response to a single storm - but maybe that was from shock.

  4. I guess I have some of those blooms in my garden too. but we just chopped down all of the dahlias, which had gone to mildew. It's that time oif year when it's hard to know whether to whack it off or wait. It's good working weather now, but ....

  5. Your garden is looking beautiful as it moves into fall. I love the Cyclamen hederifolium and your begonias. I wish my hoyas would bloom, but none ever have.

  6. Wow, there is so much to see! I love the begonias.

  7. You have so many lovely flowers for this time of year. Your begonias are doing really well, will they be coming in soon? I must get mine in, it can't be long before we get our first real frost.

  8. Your Arbutus unedo is amazing! Trying to place it (from clues in the photo) tells me it's to the side of your driveway, by the gravel that right? Also there's something about that Phygelius that grabs me, it's pretty...

  9. Those begonias are gorgeous! I had the same trouble with my dahlias too. I had some supports, but they still managed to flop over.

  10. Nice that your sunflowers are still pumping out a few summery blooms.

  11. We haven't gotten close to freezing yet. It's been down to 37 though. This extended summer is really intense. I'm still hand watering. Ugh!! Your begonias are gorgeously colored! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine; I still have a tan line from all my weekend soccer coaching. Insane!

  12. So much gorgeousness! The begonias are a source of envy for me. It seems I can never really get them to bloom, other than very sparingly. What's your secret?

  13. Loved the foliage on the variegated one!

  14. I'm always surprised by how long our summer flowers carry on into the fall. Your garden looks great--still!

  15. Ohmygosh those tuberous begonias!

    The purple splattered Dahlia might be 'Avignon'? Got one at the hardware store this spring. (Nothing but the best for me.)

    "Come forth, spirits of the dark time!"
    You and me both. Sick of hot weather!


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