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
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.
Prostrate Rosemary, a small transplant from a stem I rooted in water.
Tuscan Blue Rosemary
Right is good ol' alyssum, which never quit.
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.