Saturday, October 15, 2011

Bloomday, October 2011

The Clematis is blooming! Clematis tibetana var. vernayi that is… I started off photographing for this Bloomday post thinking I’d only share blooms that are new this month, nothing that was featured in Septembers show. Then I recognized I often look back at old Bloomday posts to see exactly when/for how long something was blooming, do you do this too? (if you have a garden blog I mean, if you don’t maybe you have a journal that you reflect on) So that’s my long way of apologizing for the repeat performers, I figure if they keep on entertaining then I’ll keep on photographing.

The other bloom I am most excited about this month (along with the Clematis) it the Araeococeus flagellifolius. This is a Bromeliad that looks more like a grass with teeth. So far these little blue flowers are only appearing one at a time. Here’s the winner for a fall-like bloom shot, Eucomis 'oakhurst.’ They’ve gotten worn out and are lying down now, blending in with the fallen leaves. Eucomis ‘Freckles’ Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo’ Hesperaloe Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Liriope Our silly confused Hydrangea… Roscoea ‘Cinnamon Stick' Aztec Arrowhead, finally blooming for the first time this year. Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' Orange Canna Kangaroo Paw Mahonia fortunei ‘Curlicue’ And finally, I realized I hadn’t shared any of my vegetable blooms this year! Here’s a pretty little pepper bloom, sadly with the cool temperatures and grey skies that October has brought it doesn’t have a chance of producing a pepper. As always visit Carol, at May Dreams Gardens for more October blooms!


  1. I love that Sedum "Autumn Sage". It's beautiful this time of year and that tiny blue blossom on the bromeliad is really interesting. Is it rare happening?

  2. Glad you showed the pepper bloom. Black Pearl peppers have a purple blossom that is just wonderful and I forget to order seed.

  3. LOVE the Araeococeus flower! Such a great contrast between the vicious leaves and delicate bloom.

  4. Love the clematis! It must be my favorite of all the yellows, and with such sweet (I mean, horrible and almost spiny-looking - definitely NOT NICE!) foliage! :-)

  5. Those blooms are all new to me. Wow! Love that clematis. You really are a plantswoman.

  6. Yay for your Clematis..isn't it great!!! I don't know why, but I love faded Hydrangea blossoms more than fresh ones...that odd mix of colors is so appealing.

  7. I only tolerated autumn joy's flowers for the wonderful views in winter with snow. The flower color itself never thrills me.

  8. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!

  9. What a crazy little flower that Araeococeus flagellifolius is! I love those three little blue petals. And it's good to see your Hesperaloe parviflora is still performing in a stellar way. Mine have also have been wonderful this year.

    You know, Loree, for a spiky plant person, you have a lot of blooms!

  10. Why is it that I don't have a Eucomis ?? Just as bad as being out of wine or avocados.

  11. Hi Loree,
    I think you win my vote on most unusual flowers for this round of GBBD! I really like them all so I won't pick a favorite. I'm like you; I didn't want to put any repeats. But, after checking my last October GBBD, I was shocked at how different my current GBBD is compared to a year ago. It's a good idea just to show how a garden evolves over time.

  12. Is the Kangaroo Paw hardy for you? If it isn't, do you grow it as an annual, or do you stow it inside for the winter? I'd love to know as I have admired that plant for some years now and always condidered it something only available in the florist trade.

  13. Glad to see your Arrowhead blooming - mine is pretty reliable. And that's some intense blue on the Araeococeus. Happy GBBD!

  14. Roherbot, I just bought the Bromeliad this spring so it's my first year...I think next year (no greenhouse living) will be the true test.

    Nell Jean, me too! Pam @ digging has shown that a lot and I meant to get one!

    Green sparrow, agreed!

    kate, see it's sort of a cut foliage...that makes it dangerous!

    Lancashire Rose, that is a wonderful compliment, thank you!

    scott, I love faded mopheads but I've never really loved these in their faded stage.

    Jenny, I tolerate them for how much the bees love them!

    Thank you Lauren!

    MulchMaid, you're right...and I don't know how it happened!

    Ks, get on that! NOW....

    David, so true...this blog thing is such a great record keeper.

    Les, I tried to over-winter the K-paw last year but it didn't go well. I swore I wouldn't buy one again this year but when I saw those blooms and it was only $9.99 I couldn't resist.

    RBell, I thought about you when I saw the bloom actually, your plant goes on and on. I think mine was slow to bloom due to a long cool spring and sumer.


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