Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - October 2014

I'm trying to hold off the dread that comes with writing the last Bloom Day post of the year. Pretty soon I'll be seeing nothing but gray skies and dirty snow but for now, the fading blooms in the garden are keeping my spirits alive. And hopefully at this time next year, I'll have a lot more to show for the end of autumn after making some recent strategic perennial purchases.


The back yard

Ipomoea lobata, an annual vine, grows along my fence

The old reliable Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Iforgettheexactname'

The allée

Geranium 'Rozanne' and my Energizer bunny, Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'

Not flowering but lovely foliage from a hibiscus

The Pharm

Annual I overwintered for Neighbor M (and then took some). Can'trememberus 'Thenameii'

Butternut squash is still blooming

The end of the Russian sage

A bee on the Gaillardia

Aster 'October Skies' along the front wall. The dead looking stuff to its
right is creeping phlox.

Aster 'Alma Potschke' surrounding an echinacea seed head

And that's all she wrote for 2014 Bloom Days! Thanks to May Dreams for hosting.


  1. Fingers crossed for less gray sky and dirty snow this winter. Maybe if we're lucky there will be something blooming worth doing a November bloom day post. Hey, a girl can hope. In the meantime I think I need that Aster 'October Skies'. Happy GBBD!

    1. Fingers AND toes crossed. We had a very mild winter a few years ago - I'm hoping for a repeat of that! And yes, Aster 'October Skies' is a must-have. Just make sure to cut it back in the summer or it gets too rangy.

  2. The cute blue flower looks like Plumbago. You have lots of nice colorful flowers still, I hope you will still have some next month. I hope to have some asters, threadleaf coreopsis, and Gaillardia blooming next fall. The Gaillardia colors are just smashing. My little plants just have to make it through the winter.

  3. I thought it was Plumbago but my plant is an annual and I keep reading that Plumbago is a perennial, so it's been confusing me. Fingers crossed your plants emerge in the spring.

  4. Your plumbago might return. There are different types. The trailing one is a tough perennial that will definitely come back. I love that Spanish Flag vine. I was considering planting that next summer. Love all those asters!

    1. I overwintered plumbago inside and it did fine. I mean, everyone who saw it thought it was dead but I knew it was fine!

      The Spanish Flag is great, though it only bloomed at the end of September! I kept waiting and waiting, but the show it's putting on was worth the wait.