Garden mum 'Hannah' (small, new quart-sized pot that needs to be planted) temporarily sited between golden oregano and Spanish foxglove foliage.
Can we file this one under "Better late than never?" I missed last week's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day (hosted by the lovely Carol, of May Dreams Gardens) because I was so busy at work. As per its usual, the garden went on blooming... not even noticing the absence of its gardener, or so it seems. While I try not to pout about that too much, let's show the blooming highlights from October:
'Black and Blue' salvia blooms get a little lost against the deepening leaves of 'Sykes' Dwarf' oakleaf hydrangea
Caryopteris and 'Hameln' in bloom above, with the spent flowers of 'Purple Knockout' salvia lyrata and 'Voodoo' sedum below.
A closeup of the mingling of caryopteris and 'Hameln'... both rather fine and frothy, but I like them together anyway.
My 'Party Dress' is falling down... what a faux pas! Luckily, it looks good against the golden oregano and Japanese maple leaves.
Red snapdragons are my favorite--so velvety and rich, especially against this unnamed (but probably 'Walker's Low') catmint.
In the backyard, there are a few surprises. 'Blue Balsam' basil is supposed to be one of the most cold-tolerant, and is so far living up to its reputation. (It's been tested by a few nights in the upper 30s!) Observant herb lovers will notice a few orange calendula blooms in the background here, too.
Chocolate eupatorium, being overrun by the sprawling 'Sioux Blue' indiangrass, sorghastrum nutens. My gypsy heuchera, 'Regina' is nestled at its feet.
The native coral honeysuckle still blooms in a messy corner with various weeds, 'Hopi Red Dye' amaranth, 'All Gold' hakone grass, scaly Buckler ferns and yellowing foliage of goatsbeard.
A single toad lily bloom remains, held delicately over the foliage of an unnamed (garden center rescue) pulmonaria.
An overview of the back bed, including the flowers and seedheads of panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch,' Russian sage, pineapple sage, zebra grass, and the amazing lantana that keeps on blooming in the clay tile planter.
Other things in bloom here still include:
hardy blue plumbago (ceratostigma plumbaginoides)
Butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa) seedlings
'Sweet Kate' spiderwort
two other kinds of basil
a couple of peppers and tomatoes (crazy!)
dark blue angelonia
'Vodka' wax begonias
Parlor Maple (abutilon megapotanicum)
annual dark purple salvia
'Vancouver Centennial' geranium (pelargonium)
'So Sweet' hosta
'Sun Power' hosta (which has a lightly sweet scent)
To see what else is blooming around the world, visit Carol's post via the link above. And now that my crazy work month is almost over, I promise to return to my regularly scheduled posting soon. :)