|Black-eyed Susans, a bit of floral flotsam|
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for October 2015.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the growing season is slowly coming to a close.
While I should be pulling out annuals and vegetables, deadheading rampant self-sowers and otherwise preparing for winter, I find myself pausing, virtually leaning on my hoe, waiting for the first frost to signal to me that this season is really over.
Without that first frost, I think I have more blooms at this point than in past years, but that could just be wishful thinking, a glass-half full view of the garden.
Much of what I see in bloom is floral flotsam, those bits of blooms here and there on plants which were in full bloom earlier in the season, then manage to put out one or two new blooms late in the year.
There are a few black-eyed susans, Rudbeckia sp., peaking out from under the grape arbor. I assume the shade of the grape leaves kept this chance seedling from blooming until now.
In the vegetable garden proper, the back border is still colored by zinnias and marigolds, and the purple blooms of Purple Hyacinth Bean, Lablab purpurea.
|Lablab purpurea, grow it just for the name!|
Had I known how long this vine would flower, I would not have waited my entire gardening life to plant it in my garden. Now that I know about it, I’ll replant it each year.
And I will also keep planting Alyssum along the edges of the vegetable garden beds.
|And the Alyssum attracts pollinators.|
When I tear out the majority of the crops in the vegetable garden this weekend, I will leave the alyssum to grown on until it is covered by snow.
Over in Plopper’s Field, where I plop in perennials wherever there is a blank spot, I love the rusty brown color of the tall sedum.
|Rusty brown is the new “in” flower color, right?|
Though the pollinators are leaving these dried flowers alone now, they are still finding pollen on the Asters.
|Can’t have a fall garden without Asters!|
I noticed in one area of Plopper’s Field there is some common fleabane, Erigeron annuus, growing and flowering.
|A welcome native, self-sowing itself in my garden.|
I remember reading about fleabane in a British garden magazine last year, about how it is a good flower to fill in a border, but if left to go to seed, it can become a nuisance. But it is a nice nuisance, don’t you think?
I am still enjoying the blooms of Dendranthema.
|Dendranthema, the new, better garden Chrysanthemum.|
This is one of the Igloo series, but I’m not sure which one. No matter, they are all lovely flowers.
Another lovely flower is Colchicum.
|Three colchicums walked into a bar…|
These are literally the last three Colchicum blooms I could find in my garden.
What else adds color to a mid-October garden?
The berries of beautyberry, Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’ are as lovely as blooms.
|Not native, but the birds still like the berries|
As are the red and black berries of Viburnum x juddii.
|Viburnum x juddii, one of the best viburnums for scent|
Is that the last of the blooms in my garden? Perhaps, but maybe not. I am closely watching the flower buds on some hardy Camellias in the back garden.
|A delight or folly? Time will tell|
Perhaps they will bloom yet this fall?
We can only hope.
What’s blooming in your garden on this lovely autumn day in mid-October? We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden on or about the 15th of the month and then come back here and put a link to your blog post in Mr. Linky and leave a comment to tell us what you have for us to see.
And then remember, as always…
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence