Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day October 2013

Oxalis hirta 'Gothenburg'

Oxalis hirta ‘Gothenburg’

It’s mid-October and time to take stock of what is flowering on the hill.  As always, we have to thank Carol at May Dreams Gardens for having initiated this tradition.  The regular posting allows me to see from year to year how the flowering changes and gives pause to think about what is going on in the gardens.

When you drive up to our house right now an eye-catching plant is the Plectranthus that Beth received as a Mother’s Day gift.

Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender'

Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’

This is not a hardy plant for us (I think it may be a zone 10 item) but it looks like it will be well worth trying to carry over.  Not only did it flower this spring, but it’s repeating the process now for the fall.  Also in the front yard is the vivid pink Allium that is a fall staple.

Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'

Allium thunbergii ‘Ozawa’

It has a long flowering period and seems to be holding it’s own with the sedum and the coreopsis.

Another long-time resident of the front yard is the Japanese Anemone ‘ September Charm’.

Anemone × hybrida 'September Charm'

Anemone × hybrida ‘September Charm’

Although the Azaleas and Pieris generally outgrow this vigorous anemone, by late fall it still manages to raise it’s stems enough to be seen.

As we move around to the backyard, I have to note once again our striking red Fall Camellia that, if past is any indicator, will be in flower for the next several months.

Red Camellia sasanqua with bud opening

Red Camellia sasanqua with bud opening

Red Camellia sasanqua

Red Camellia sasanqua

Behind the garage, the Canna are still holding forth.

Canna 'Orange Punch'

Canna ‘Orange Punch’

I’ve watered there the whole year and they have taken full advantage.  This particular Canna came from Plant Delights in March and has never stopped flowering.

In the vegetable garden there is one very nice Dahlia growing amid the annual Zinnias, Marigolds, Tithonia, and Cosmos.

Dahlia 'Karma Prospero'

Dahlia ‘Karma Prospero’

At the door to the greenhouse I’ve put a large round pot of Nasturtiums and they are still flowering up a storm.

Nasturtium

Nasturtium

In the greenhouse itself there are still new Oxalis unveiling themselves with each day.  Today it was Oxalis hirta ‘Gothenburg’ and Oxalis obliquifolia in a beautiful white form from Telos Rare Bulbs.

Oxalis hirta 'Gothenburg'

Oxalis hirta ‘Gothenburg’

Oxalis obliquifolia

Oxalis obliquifolia

Well, that’s a sampling of what is happening around here for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.  What’s growing in your garden?