Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - October 2020

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day in this Zone 8b looks more like spring than days after our first frost date!  Of course, if I go by the zip-code a block away, I have another week. 

There was one nice rain last week, and the plants really responded well, so much better than hose water, even though I have nice hose water!

I'm presenting my blooms in a new way this month, sorted by color.  

Yellows and Oranges and Reds

Black-eyed Susan, unknown kind, so I need to let it self-seed and save some seeds myself.  A very late bloomer, a short plant thick with small flowers.

 'Moonbeam' Yarrow's second wind, after I cut it back.

Sulfur Cosmos is the only flower showing early morning signs of a cold night by starting out with dropped stems.  It perks back up once the sun has been on it a while.

Larger Black-eyed Susans and Blanket Flowers in the Pollinator Garden.

Calendulas and late sown zinnias.

 Lots of coreopsis.  Upper right is Plains, upper left is lance-leaf and UpTick™. Lower photo is UpTick.

My favorite right now, the common ordinary Ditch Lily!  Blooming for the second time this year, each stem is loaded with buds.

Left is Mexican Red Sunflower, a very late planting that defied my low expectations.  Right is creeping zinnia, not much alone, but an adorable container spiller.



 I hope to be forgiven for including a weed, and with a weed this lovely, I should be!  This is the lovely, yet invasive (and very, very hard to completely eradicate!) Oxalis or Wood Sorrel.  I never had oxalis until last year, now I have it in the herb garden (boo!) and the blueberry bed (small clumps are welcome).  Let's not be too hard on oxalis, after all, we can actually pay money for purple leaved varieties ('Burgundy' or 'Zinfandel') and it is just a type of shamrock.

Blues and Purples

Dragon Tongue Bean

Black Cumin

Left is Rocket Larkspur hiding in the Pollinator Garden.  Right is re-blooming Wild Basil, which is not a basil, but is a perennial in the same mint family.  Mine does as well in full sun and shallow soil (as here) or under the canopy of other plants in the more fertile Pollinator Garden.

'Blue Boy' Rosemary


Prostrate Rosemary, a small transplant from a stem I rooted in water.

Tuscan Blue Rosemary

Right is Ellagance Snow lavender, second bloom of the year. 
Right is good ol' alyssum, which never quit.
Below center are Slenderette bush bean flowers.

Right is 'Angel' Shasta Daisy, the only one I really like.  It stays small!
Then left is the shrub I identified only recently when it bloomed well for the first time since 2011, Abelia.

 Coneflower, actually Purple coneflower, but they are much more pink.  I cut down the stems, and these lower flowers started blooming, much nicer ones than the plant had at its so called prime.

Comsos to the right, zinnia to the left with a visiting skipper.  The cosmos are Candy Stripes.

Left is Knautia Macedonica 'Red Knight' which came back after being cut to the ground.  I tore out most of the morning glories, but a few blues and these delicate pinks are left.
My amazing six month bachelor buttons are on the left.  Only pink are left.  The seller of these fabulous seeds is no longer selling, so I will have to give others a try.  Gaura is dependable as usual in the front yard. 

And that brings us to a close of another Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!  See you in November, for a much shorter version.  I predict I will have... rosemary!


  1. So many gorgeous blooms. I enjoyed my visit to your garden. Happy Bloom Day.

    1. You too! It was cold this morning, but it's just about 11:00 now and time to get out in the garden!

  2. For November - I will have - maybe a geranium? Or an indoor African violet? Seriously, I used to try to overwinter a lot of stuff (to answer your question on my blog, no, we don't try to overwinter the pineapple sage). We do overwinter rosemary and have for years. Anyway, I am so impressed by all your flowers. We bought wild basil at a garden show in Virginia last year so I will ask you - what do you think of its flavor? It was a big disappointment for us. I feel like ripping the whole thing out. It is already flexing its mint heritage muscles.

    1. I have never tried wild basil! I don't actually eat most of my herbs, I just "collect" them. I eat the boring ones, sage, rosemary, thyme, etc. I grew mine from seed winter 2018-2019 (wintersown jugs!), so am thrilled it's spread in my pollinator garden. Tossed seeds came up too, which is the plant shown above.

  3. You have lots of sweet blooms happening. Love your Gaura, I've never been successful with that one and I think it's such a beauty.

    1. I don't think I'd be able to get rid of my gaura if I tried, it's been self-seeding and spreading for the past few years. I may have to dig out some of the biggest in spring.

  4. I'm glad you're enjoying a second spring, Lisa! I wish I'd cut my Achillea 'Moonshine' back hard as you did - mine hasn't done much of anything since May. I love that you included the very pretty Oxalis too. The general manager for a very large and well-respected garden center in Orange County once confided in a presentation that he collects species in that genus and I've looked at the plants differently ever since. I posted a photo of my own Oxalis triangularis in flower this month too.

    1. Growing up we had different oxalis. It was much bigger, taller, with long stems topped by larger bell-shaped flowers. My parents would pull it out by the handfuls, but mostly leave it as it was so pretty under the tulips.

  5. Lovely array of blooms.Yellow oxallis foliage is so pretty.It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to Gardening here

    1. Yellows are "in season" right now! Last night was the first frost though, so who knows what will be out there later today.

  6. So many beautiful flowers in your gardens. I'm partial to the lovely.

    1. Once the prostrate rosemary starts it will bloom all winter. The Tuscan Blue is just starting too, it's a darker blue. It's not as cold hardy though, I lose a branch or two each winter. I use them both in cooking. Not Blue Boy, he's too tiny!

  7. You have so many beautiful blooms for October. I love how the Rosemary is blooming. Mine bloomed for the first time this spring and now again in the fall. Your Oxalis is interesting too.

    1. My oxalis is quite a different sort than what I grew up with in CA. It was a big plant, bright green, tall stems and large flowers that hung down. It was really pretty blooming, and my parents usually left it under tulips.


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