Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - October 2008

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts a monthly Bloom Day. On the 15th of each month, garden bloggers post comments. The comments link to pictures of gardens posted on their blogs. It's a great way to see what's blooming in gardens around the world.

This is my first ever post for Bloom Day.

Since we have not had a killing frost here, annuals as well as fall perennials are blooming. The past weeks have been cool and sunny. Perfect fall weather.

As I worked on fall garden cleanup, I was surprised at the number of blooms I found. But, I know it won’t be long until we’re raking leaves. First frost in zone 6 is usually between the 15th and the end of October.

I've posted some pictures of my blooms.

Marigold ‘Safari Yellow’ & Petunia ‘Rose Madness’


Aster Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome’ - A dark, spectacular aster prone to a little mildew. This plant was "pinched back" effectively by some critters this year.

Coleus - may be ‘Solar Sunrise’ or ‘Atlas’

Coleus 'Pele' - I know it's not really a bloom but the colors are great!

Pink impatiens ‘Super Elfin Lipstick’ and Bloodleaf. A re-seeded impatiens 'Bright Orange' pokes out of the right side in the picture.

This is the same area last year with an orange theme.

Zinnia 'Painted Daisy' - in need of dead heading.

Volunteer mum
Cleome - sometimes called Spider plant. My grandmother called them 'Lectric Light Plants because they reminded her of a chandelier.
Another yellow mum volunteer

Also blooming:

Garden Phlox ‘David’
Zinnia 'State Fair'
Rose ‘Blaze’
Sweet Alyssum
Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’
Hardy Geranium ‘Splish Splash’
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
Japanese Anemone pink and white

Wow! That's quite a lot.


Gail said...

welcome to your first Bloom day! Soon you will be a pro! gail, clay and limestone

Matriarchy said...

Love that purple Cleome. Great job! I meant to do bloom day, but I am having camera trouble, darn it.

Naturegirl said...

Marie a most colorful 1st Bloom Day!
A Canadian Bloom Day gal!

HappyMouffetard said...

Welcome to GBBD. It's addictive, and makes you look at your garden with fresh eyes each month. Great flowers.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marie....
Loved seeing what is in your October garden.
We always called the cleome "gran'daddy's whiskers!"

Carol Michel said...

Thanks for joining in for bloom day. I did a double-take on your first picture of the grasses. For a minute I thought that was snow on them!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Marie said...

Thanks everyone for your comments on bloom day. It's great to be able to share my garden.