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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- October 2019

It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for October, and since I missed September, and have posted very little for the month, I figured I better put a post together. With my son's wedding in September and the travel that came along with it, I seem to have spent most of the last month in some kind of altered state, rarely thinking about the blog much.

The flowers I have to show this month are actually pretty much the same ones that were flowering last month, so no harm done with missing a month's post. Even though we had a frost last week, many flowers haven't missed a beat and are still flowering today.

A second wave of flowers on Centranthus ruber -- I allowed the previous to go to seed, and I can already see that was a mistake -- babies everywhere!

Astrantia major 'Vanilla Gorilla'

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and Leucanthemum 'Crazy Daisy'

Calamintha nepeta 'Marvelette Blue'

My neighbor's side of the new prairie bed is a riot of flowers, many grown from seed this past winter


Heliopsis helianthoides 'Burning Hearts'

Veronica teucrium 'Royal Blue'

Salvia azurea


Poppy mallow/Callirhoe involucrata

Not a flower, actually, but a berry drupe, on Leycesteria formosa/Himalayan honeysuckle

Floppy spent flowers on Eucomis, looking very octopus-like

A tall Aster whose name I've lost

Eryngium 'Blue Glitter'

Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'

Cyclamen that has popped up from seed in an out-of-the-way spot

Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' is smothered in flowers

Normally there are quite a few of last year's berries still hanging with this year's flowers, but I had to hunt hard for these two

Yellow Corydalis

Most of the Dahlias have collapsed, but a few are still standing upright

Ready to give up the ghost

Cyclamen hederifolium

Last few flowers of Geranium 'Wargrave's Pink' which has a first spring flush and then flowers sporadically all summer

Most of the oakleaf Hydrangea flowers have faded to brown, but it has produced two bright white new ones

Hydrangea arborescens

There are more flowers inside the greenhouse, where all the summer players from the front porch display have been put away.



Euphorbia millii

Pelargonium sidoides, which never flowers here until I put it away for the winter

 Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

Packed away in an obscure corner of the greenhouse, the flowers of Aloe 'Christmas Carol' rise above the fray

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here.


  1. Cyclamen growing from seed! That's something I can't even imagine happening here. I covet your asters and your hydrangeas. Your statement that the blooms in your October garden are mostly the same as those in your September garden resonated with me - I seriously considered a post saying "see September" but then that'd be very un-Kris like, wouldn't it? I'm looking forward to the seasonal shift, and completion of our blasted remodel.

  2. Gorgeous blooms and I did enjoy your website. It made me laugh out loud.

  3. 'Vanilla Gorilla!' I had to look that one up, but it's not something I could grow. It's lovely though.

  4. You have lots of blooms! With the hail storm leaving most things in tatters, we have pretty much given up on blooms and are beginning to chop everything down .

  5. Wonderful blooms, some of which I've never seen before, thinking of that Himalayan honeysuckle in particular. Gorgeous berries! And for the first time ever, an Eryngium to tempt, your Eryngium 'Blue Glitter' is new to me. Wow, quite handsome! Thank you for this enjoyable post. And, yes, I'm beyond ready for October. •Hate• Texas summers! If it weren't for the cats and the garden, I'd leave hell on earth every single year.

  6. Loved the chocolaty shade of coreopsis.All blooms are so bountiful and beauty .Happy bloggers blooms day.

  7. You have had a lot going on in your life. The bloomers keep on despite no oversight. Yes, I am ready for fall and all that comes with it. Happy GBBD.

  8. I didn't know that there is such day as Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! But there is always a perfect opportunity to show some pictures of your garden! It is so good that this frost did not harm your flowers. Last days were a bit cold in my country but fortunately it also did not destroyed anything in my garden. I was afraid about geranium which I bought on and it says that it lasts till the first frost in the autumn. I am surprised that it is so resistent but good for me! Again, beautiful photos!

  9. Ha! I love your Beetlejuice pic. All of your blooms - Alison - you have so many wonderful things still in bloom! You know that Pelargonium sidoides you gave me has survived outside these past few years? Now I've cursed it, surely. But I love it and think of you every time I see it.

  10. Could your tall aster by New England Aster? I didn't know there was a blue calamint.

  11. I cracked up reading the name of Astrantia major variety, 'Vanilla Gorilla' (although you'd think the blooms would be white...). Any issues with rampant reseeding? I read warnings about Astrantia and made sure to never let it go to seed.

  12. You have lots of blooms for October and I so enjoyed the visit. We have many of the same blooms, only you have some really interesting plants that we do not have here on the east coast! I also never thought of growing Hoya inside and will have to give it a try!


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