Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for October 2020.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we are still in the midst of a late-season dry spell that is in its eighth week.
Ever the optimist, I think that surely it is going to rain soon. And we have gotten rain twice, but only one-tenth of an inch each time. So because I think it is going to rain soon, I don’t spend much time watering, and the garden is a testament to that.
But all is not completely lost in the dust! Up first are some marigolds I direct sowed in the garden in late spring when it became apparent that the local greenhouse was out of marigold plants and wouldn’t be getting any more.
I know. I know! Marigolds are so easy to grow from seed, why was I even thinking about buying plants?
There are some other annuals I bought as plants way back in late March that are still blooming. These include alyssum and snapdragons.
I would imagine the snapdragons would have even more blooms on them if I had taken the time to deadhead them.
I have had good luck with alyssum planted in early spring the past several years. And by good luck I mean they are still blooming in October. That’s a long run for an annual.
No fall bloom day post is complete without some mums.
It’s hard to tell from the picture, but these blooms are tiny, not even an inch across. It’s a keeper, whatever its name is.