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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.