Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - October 2016

For Bloom Day this month, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, I took my photos on Wednesday, in anticipation of the storms that would sweep through for the rest of the week. The fuchsias are all still blooming, a freaky clump of Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' with extra big leaves has fresh flowers while all the rest is taking on fall colors, bits of Prunella vulgaris that didn't go completely dry in summer are still blooming, and some of the 'Mikado' California poppies are still blooming here and there. Ok, that shortens my post a little bit, but it's still pretty long, so I'll keep my comments to a minimum. Ready?

Lapageria rosea continues to pump out flowers at a ridiculous rate. It's safely tucked away in the greenhouse while the wind rages outside.

Toad lilies continue to open new flowers. Tricyrtis hirta was the last to open. It wasn't particularly happy this year. I need to move it to a spot with a bit more moisture.

'Blue Wonder', not so blue in the ground.

And finally, 'Empress'.

 Years of pulling Erigeron karvinskianus has failed to eliminate it from this bed. I think I might just give in to it.

Cyclamen hederifolium in full bloom.

Leycesteria formosa 'Gold Leaf' still has a few blooms.

 I'm not sure which Disporum is, though I'm pretty sure it's a form of longistylum.

I'm also not sure why it has fruits in two different sizes. The color difference is just a matter of age.

Begonia grandis

Anaphalis margaritacea, pearly everlasting, one of my favorite natives.

Leucosceptrum stellipilum 'October Moon' is racing against the frost to open it's feathery pink blooms. It would probably be blooming already if I hadn't cut it back earlier in the summer to get it to branch out more. I actually love the bud at least as much as the flowers.

I didn't realize Colchicum kept pumping out blooms like this.

Daboecia cantabrica still gaining steam after a stressful division and relocation last year. Starting to look good now.

One last bloom on Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria' against the bronze Carex comans.

I love this Erica cinerea.

One very late bloom on an Echinacea purpurea.

Grevillea x gaudichaudii keeps producing blooms. I'm getting more and more nervous about leaving it in the ground this winter. But I don't think I'll try digging it up.

Geranium robustum still producing flowers.

Epilobium septentrionale 'Wayne's Silver' (I guess today I'll cave to the updated name for Zauschneria) fades well.

Meanwhile, Epilobium canum 'Catalina' is still blooming.

 As is 'UC Hybrid'

Do Leptospermum lanigerum flower buds overwinter, or is this silly thing trying to bloom again this year?

Is this the last bloom of the season from Glaucium flavum var. aurantiacum?

Alstroemeria 'Glory of the Andes' blooming in a pot after I painstakingly dug as many of the tubers as I could find out of the Acer griseum bed. I figure I'll scatter them around in the new bed surrounding it. It should be significantly slowed in the denser clay soil.

Heptacodium septentrionalis continues to bloom.

Though most of the flowers have faded and the ruddy calyces have expanded to produce a secondary show.

This Sidalcea campestris came up from the wildflower seed I sowed in spring.

 Ok, so I didn't hate all of the Coreopsis that the seed company threw into the PNW native mix I sowed. A couple of them came up red and orange. I kept them.

I don't think this rose is a native. It climbs well over 30 feet if given the chance, but it does have pretty hips. And this one in particular gets decorate mossy rose galls.

Abutilon megapotamicum. I love the way the petals fade to peach tones.

 Elaeagnus pungens 'Maculata' blooming for the first time in my garden. I love the fragrance of these fascinating little flowers.

Crinodendron hookerianum, now planted in the ground (fingers crossed) has one open bloom and a ton of buds.

I don't know the name of this dahlia, but it's just ridiculous with blooms.

One last bloom on Eccremocarpus scaber.

 The fall and winter-blooming heaths are starting to put on their long-lasting show. I'm planning to take rooted branches off of these white ones to plant elsewhere.

The happy Parahebe perfoliata that never stops blooming.

Aster x frikartii 'Monch' are on their last leg. This clump was rather floppy, though the other two were kept nicely upright by the surrounding plants, just as I'd hoped.

Serendipitous color echo with this dark orange Erysimum seedling and Carex testacea.

Silly Berberis x stenophylla 'Corallina Compacta' is blooming again.

And finally, these orange Bidens keep blooming. The color darkened significantly after a few cool nights. This is one annual I might actually plant again.


  1. So many blooms still. I would be interested to know how the Alstroemeria excavation turned out. It's a particularly tough and voracious plant. I LOVE the blooms but otherwise, it scars the hell out of me :-) Made a note of Erica cinerea: so well behaved it's hard to go wrong with that one!

    1. I'll let you know. 'Glory of the Andes' isn't supposed to be an aggressive spreader, but I'm sure it will come back from tubers that I missed in its original spot. It doesn't run like Alstroemeria psittacina or some others.

  2. You have so many wonderful plants, fun to see them. The Glaucium, the Lapagerium, Crinodendron, the Zauch--uh, Epilobiums--great plants. I hope your Grevillea survives what might be a rainy winter. Send most of the rain down south, if you can. A thousand miles south should do it.

    1. I still prefer to call them Zauschneria, but oh well. Almost all the grevilleas I've planted are tried and true in the PNW, mostly selections of Grevillea victoriae. The biggest risk is the Grevillea x gaudichaudii. I would send some of the rain down your way, if I could, though not most of it. Maybe half.

  3. Yes, there is a LOT in bloom in your garden! I love the toad lilies but I haven't a chance in hell of growing them here. I did plant a Leycesteria formosa last year - it didn't bloom this year and is currently losing its leaves but I hope it'll come back following the winter rain (assuming we get some of that). I hope your garden suffers no significant damage as the current storms blow through!

    1. If I didn't have a moist area of the garden, I wouldn't be able to grow toad lilies without heavy supplemental water, either. Hope you get that rain. We'll see when this system passes tomorrow what damage is done here. I don't think there will be anything significant, at least in my garden.

  4. I just planted a Glaucium flavum, thanks for the preview of what to expect next year. I love that Alstroemeria, I know it can be an aggressive spreader, but it's still a fave. My golden Leycesteria is covered in drupes of deep purple berries, no flowers anywhere any more. It's so beautiful in this stage. I've seen it at Watson's paired with smoke bush with dark purple foliage, and that combo is really striking.

    1. Glaucium flavum is yellow, but if you planted var. aurantiacum it will be orange like mine. 'Glory of the Andes' is supposed to be well-behaved, not one of the invasive Alstroemeria. But in the soil of the AG bed, everything goes crazy. They won't grow as fast in my native soil, but with this many tubers I'll be able to scatter them through a large area and make them look naturalized.

  5. Such lovely and interesting blooms you have in the garden this month! Not many are present on our Lot. It's like I'm looking into a different world. Thanks for sharing!

  6. It's an odd time for the Disporum to be blooming isn't it? Mine are all spring bloomers. Oh and re: leaving the Grevillea x gaudichaudii too. I've got three in the ground. I think I'll be ready to dig one (two?) at a moments notice, should things look dire.

    1. Yeah, I'm not sure what that Disporum is up to. It seemed to have a few blooms all summer. I think I'll just keep an eye on the forecast this winter for that grevillea. If it looks to get really cold, I'll toss a bunch of fir branches and fern fronds over it.

  7. Really? They are changing the name of Zauschnerias now - just when I finally learned how to spell it? Typical... I had no idea Daboecias can be divided. That's good to know for the future... Would love to know what that 30' rose is - it must be absolutely spectacular, both in bloom and in hip(?). And, I was severely tempted by those cute Bidens this summer, but was a good girl and put them back on the table. Now I regret that. Oh well, next year...

    1. That name change was made awhile ago. It's just been very slow to be accepted by the horticulture industry. I still like saying "Zauschneria" better. Daboecias can sort of be divided. It's not like a perennial with a crown of multiple growths, but it roots wherever it touches the ground and those can be separated. The rose in the photo is growing out of a salal thicket, with nothing to climb on, but the same rose is growing up a tree on the fence line. It has 1-2 inch, single flowers in white, blushed pink. I can't see the big one very well through the tree it's climbing up, but the one in the salal is pretty.

  8. I saw toad lilies for the first time at Oudolf's plantings at Battery Park in NYC and was completely smitten. What a great fall garden you have. Love the colchicums too.

  9. Great autumn blooms! I hope your Crinodendron hookerianum makes it in the ground. Mine have been fine outside for the last few years but did suffer a little die back one really cold year.

    1. Thanks! I'm taking a chance with the Crinodendron. My garden is a little colder than yours. I may have just jinxed the entire PNW into a horribly cold winter.


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