Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for October 2016.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we’ve been enjoying a mild fall with moderate temperatures. Though our usual first frost date is around October 10th, we’ve yet to see even a hint of frost, so the garden grows on.
Up first, is a dahlia named ‘Tutti Frutti’. I planted this out rather late in the spring. And by late I mean early June. I’m told those who grow dahlias regularly will often pot them up in April indoors to give them a head start and then plant them out as soon as it is frost-free.
I guess I wanted more of a challenge. Though I am showing just one bloom the plant has a dozen blooms on it right now. Thank you to blogging friends Leslie and Cindy for sending me the dahlia tuber last spring. I believe they grew the same variety in their gardens in California and Texas, so I’ll be watching for their bloom day posts to see if they have any ‘Tutti Frutti’ blooms to share.
Moving along through the garden, the usual fall flowers are blooming, but fading. These include asters, mums, goldenrods, hardy begonias, toad lilies, and colchicums.
I snapped a picture of this toad lily while gingerly stepping through the garden border where the autumn crocuses should be blooming.
I hope to see the autumn crocuses in the next few days. I don’t know what’s keeping them. It could be it just isn’t cold enough or perhaps the squirrels ate the corms? I sure hope not!
One flower I am excited to see starting to open up is the Camillia ‘Snow Flurry”.
This isn’t the best picture, but you get the idea. There were five flower buds on this camellia, which is barely hanging on in the Garden of Southern Follies and Delights. I’m letting this one bud open and bloom but pinched off all the others. This camellia is far too young and fragile to be involved in flowering and bees and reproduction! It needs to put its energy into become a stronger plant so it can survive another winter here in zone 6a.
What else is blooming? Well, the zinnias are still going strong in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral.
I’ve started working on cleaning up the vegetable garden and almost ripped these the other day out but since they are still blooming, I decided to let them go awhile longer. Truthfully, they will probably be the last plant standing in the veg garden later this fall.
I know there are lots of bloom day posts to read, so I’ll keep this short and conclude with a picture of the fading asters.
They bring a lot of color to the garden at this time of year and attract all kinds of pollinators who know that in spite of the lack of frost, the days are still getting shorter and soon enough we will all be left with just memories of this growing season.
What’s blooming in your garden? Join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what ever is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month, then come back here and leave a comment telling us what you have and a link in Mr. Linky to make it easier for us to find you.
And repeat after me, as many have…
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence