Friday, October 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

On the 15th of each month, garden bloggers around the world post about what's blooming in their gardens.  Although I don't always participate in this event, this month I was especially curious to see (and share) what would still be in flower here in mid-October.  October is really the last viable month for dependable blooms, and from year to year - depending on the weather, of course - it can vary greatly.

I took a stroll through the garden yesterday afternoon (it was bright and breezy, so please forgive the poor quality of the photos!) and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of flower color still to be found. Here is a baker's dozen of blooming plants:
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Sedum 'Frosty Morn'

Aster x frikartii 'Monch'

Gaura lindheimeri

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Phlox paniculata 'David'

Aster 'Lady in Black'

Aster 'Alma Potschke'
Verbascum bombiciferum

Helianthus maximiliani

Berlandiera lyrata

Zauchneria and  Rudbekia
A few additional plants had a flower or two: Hypericum frondosum (a woody shrub), Geranium sanguineum, Callirhoe involucrata, Centranthus, and Origanum laevigatum.  What's blooming in your garden today?

Please visit May Dreams Gardens, the instigator of this monthly flower orgy, to find links to other gardeners participating in October's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.  Have fun!


Wendy said...

your garden looks great! I love all the yellow.

Darla said...

Still have some color hanging around. Nice.

noel said...


what a very nice tour of your garden this morning, i enjoyed the beautiful flowers and i'm such a fan of plumbago it is so effortless

thanks for sharing that with us

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Wendy, I love yellow, too. It is the signature color in my garden!

Yes, Darla, surprising, but true---at least this year!

Noel, plumbago is a late season powerhouse that, as you say, is effortless. I have it in several locations throughout my landscape.

Les said...

I am glad you have so much blooming. I would have thought that you would have had a frost by now.

scottweberpdx said...

You are so right, the garden at this time of year is a bit of a crap-shoot! That being said, your is looking lovely, I especially like the pic of the Gaura against the weathered fence.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Les, you would be right! Denver's average first freeze date is October 7th, and our average first snow date is October 19th. How much snow do we get in an average winter season? 61.7 inches. Now you know!

Scott, thanks for stopping by. Gaura is one of my favorite perennials. I'm especially partial to the white form - glad you liked the photo!