October, a month that can be both miserable and gorgeous here in Portland. Miserable when there's nonstop grey cloudy skies and rain, gorgeous when we get those crisp sunny days when the colors of autumn shine. We're currently in the midst of gorgeous and I'm loving it. For this month's Bloomday post I walked out the backdoor and started snapping photos as I came across blooms, they're posted in that same order...
I cut back all the Impatiens omeiana in the heat of the summer, when they'd been so trashed by insect damage they ceased to look good. Whaddya know? They regrew and are blooming again.
And really, the Schefflera blooms are the perfect complementary backdrop.
That bee, heading into the flower on the top right-ish side? He dive-bombed me a half-dozen times while I was taking these photos. I was definitely annoying him.
Ditto for Abutilon Nuabatang...
After its eruption of flowers last week, the Passiflora lutea has slowed. There are still buds though, so I am hopeful.
Leo is still looking grand (Leonotis leonurus).
The golden Syneilesis aconitifolia kept catching my eye, as though it was a yellow flower that needed to have its photo taken.
Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel' is not slowing down! (P. 'Snow Queen' was a no show)
I don't think I've shared the small white flowers of Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ yet this year, even though they've been blooming for months.
I thought the Bougainvillea was done for the season, then I spotted a couple of small blooms — it's been going since May.
A dried up Bromeliad flower, that still looks fantastic.
Isn't it fabulous?
Okay, not flowers, but rather seeds...Amosonia hubrichtii.
Not flowers but fruit, Poncirus trifoliata.
The race between the Tetrapanax papyrifer buds, and the killing frost, has begun. Will this finally be the year they bloom all over the Pacific Northwest? Only time will tell...
Verbascum blattaria, from Tamara.
She gave me three plants, one of which had stems with brown seed pods, but what do you know, there are flowers! Love the basal foliage most of all.
Finally, my long suffering Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Hindwarf' is throwing out a few blooms. If only it got more water! That's a wrap on the blooms here, check out May Dreams Gardens and all the bloggers sharing flower photos over there.
Weather Diary, Oct 14: Hi 70, Low 42/ Precip 0
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