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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Oct 2011

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – October 15

Finally before it’s passed I remember that the fifteenth of every month is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. I  got outside with the camera before the sun went down, which is happening earlier and earlier these days.  We have been blessed by regular rain, no frost as yet and moderate temperatures, so the annuals and several perennials are still very colorful. I am cherishing all the plants that are still in bloom while at the same time already planning for next year.

In addition to the Profusion Zinnias, the Jade Princess Millet, Blue Horizon Ageratum, and Russian sage are in full bloom.

Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' - a favorite with the hummingbirds.

Dendranthema 'Sheffield Pink'

I deadheaded this Nicotiana Whisper Mix right after the first flush of flowers finished, and it exploded with more blooms shortly afterwards.

Annual Alley is still full of dahlias, Ageratum, Gaura and other colorful plants.

4 Responses to “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Oct 2011”

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    Zoey:

    What a beautiful garden you have. I love the rockwall and rustic arbor/fence in Annual Alley. You still have so many booms in mid October. I have just spent a little time reading through some of your older posts as well. I am adding you to my blog list so I don’t miss any of your posts.

  2. 2
    CL Fornari:

    Thanks, Zoey. I like your blog as well – I stumbled in yesterday and enjoyed reading several posts. I’ll be back! We’re blessed with very late frosts here near the ocean…no spring whatsoever, but a long, warm fall.

  3. 3
    Laura W @ HV Garden Journal:

    Holy smokes! That plectranthus looks outstanding! Never seen that one before…thanks for sharing.

  4. 4
    CL Fornari:

    The Plecranthus Mona Lavender is a fantastic plant – the undersides of the leaves are black, and the flowers – yikes. Here’s the thing to know about it, however: when you get the plant in the spring it’s just green. It will grow round and full without pinching, and start flowering when the days get shorter in August. But it’s the fall when it shines. I know people who bring it in the house when frost threatens because it continues to flower indoors for a long time.