I've been on a bit of a blogging hiatus, and for the first time in years I even missed last month's GBBD. I'm not sure just what happened - day after day went by and apparently my garden just wasn't inspiring me enough to blog about in those hot, dry days of September and early October. Or maybe I was just having too much fun in real life.
Anyway, now that the rains have decidedly returned, I plan to be a bit more regular. So I'll start with the few flowers I have for this month's Bloom Day.
Every year Salvia guaranitica
'Black & Blue' looks so wimpy and takes so long to bloom that I swear I'm taking it out. Then along comes that bewitching color combination and I'm enthralled once again. This year it's been particularly striking backed by Pennisetum rubrum
'True Dwarf' took a mid-summer break from blooming but came back again in September and has been blooming ever since. Do you suppose that was because I watered it?
'Passionate' feeds the hummingbirds after everything else they love is over. I love its dark orange flowers and reddish leaves so much that I bought another plant when I found it at Windmill Gardens
in Sumner, WA, two weekends ago. That 75% reduction in price didn't hurt, either.
'Acapulco Orange' is seemingly back from the dead: a happy volunteer seedling from the dear-departed mother plant is now gracing Longview Ranch. I couldn't be happier!
Rosa 'Sally Holmes' is a little rain weary, but I had to include this shot: most of my flowers are small or quiet which makes 'Sally Holmes' the showiest blooms in the garden this month.
'Perle d' Or'.
has pretty light red seedheads that match its reddish autumnal stripes.
just blooms on and on.
This Penstemon is on its third bloom phase.
I can't ever get the minute flower/seeds of Persicaria
'Lance Corporal' in focus!
Our new Berberis verruculosa
are sending out a few little bright yellow blooms. Check out those handsome thorns, too!
gets honorable mention this month for its resolutely upright bloom spike. This one has never been staked and is still standing tall.
Last today is a Streptocarpus
I've had for at least twenty years. Re-potting by the Mulch Man and a summer vacation on the patio was the secret to these beautiful, rich blue blooms.
Bloom Day is generously hosted each month by Carol Michel of May Dreams Gardens
. Click over there to see more October flowers. To participate just visit her site, upload your blog post there, and then add a link to it on your own post.
Happy Bloom Day!