Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for October 2021.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, I thought I would have the usual mid-fall flowers to show off, like these mums that I no longer know the name of. But I know they return to this spot each year, stay fairly short, and bloom profusely.
Then what was that I caught a whiff of? An iris?
Yes, an iris. Just a good ol’ blue iris that grows with mostly neglect. I can only surmise that the garden fairies got bored…
Nearby, some Rockin’® Blue Suede Shoes™ salivia from Proven Winners has a nice bit of re-blooming going on and the bees are loving it.
I whacked them back pretty hard a few weeks ago and they’ve responded with new growth and new blooms. I see no signs of frost in the forecast, so far, but I know it is coming eventually, though a little later than normal this year, it seems. In the meantime, the salvias rock on. Get it? Rock on?
Amongst the perennials, the usual suspects including asters, Japanese anemones, more mums, tall sedum and these roses are adding color.
Yes, technically these roses aren’t perennials, but you know what I mean!
Out in the vegetable garden, the star is definitely the nasturtiums.
Though the snapdragons and alyssum, both planted in March, are strong contenders, coming back mightily now that the weather is starting to cool down a bit.
But wait, the zinnias would like to be considered for top billing too!
Though they are fading, they are still drawing in pollinators.
But there are other stars out in front, like these little Sorbet™ violas.
Ha ha! You knew if you read down far enough, eventually I’d show you violas (and for the curious, that’s a little pink tickseed missed in there.)
Finally, a shout out to the viola seedlings like this one that are coming up in various places.
More of those, please and thank you.
And that’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in my garden in the middle of October. Your turn!
Join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day by posting on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden each month around the 15th. Then come back here and leave a link in the Mr. Linky Widget and a comment to tell us what you have to show us. All are welcome!
And remember, what Elizabeth Lawrence wrote! “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.”