Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - October 2016
The Pacific Northwest is current under siege by some strong wind and rain storms. Generally, these types of storms arrive in November and December. A EF-2 tornado made landfall after starting as a water spout yesterday. (Not a common occurance). The video and images are quite stunning.
I took pictures and did yard clean-up/prep mid-week as I knew with the impending weather that the garden could get be trashed by the end of the weekend. We may have wind gusts of up to 60mph (about 100km per hour) with the second big storm rolling through this weekend.
So, here are my October blooms, in full glory, before I cut most of them down and made pretty bouquets for myself and my neighbors to enjoy.
|nasturtium, asters and dahlias|
Oh...and this guy stood guard to make sure I was working hard enough....
A perennial I don't see enough of, is Trollius Chinesesis. I have 'Golden Queen' and it bookends the blooming season nicely with a fall reappearance. I read a bit more about the plant and it likes boggy soil. It's doing well enough in my heavy clay, but I wonder if it might be more prolific in another spot.
|Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen'|
It wouldn't be a fall garden without asters.
|Aster Novi-Belgii 'Marie III Dark Pink|
|Aster douglasii, a PNW native plant|
And it wouldn't be fall without dahlia blooms.
I love perennials that give me a long blooming periods and/or a second flush of fall blooms.
Salvia 'Amistad' has been the best purchase of the year.
It continues to pump out blooms for the hummingbirds despite the weather turning cooler. It's such a gorgeous shade of indigo blue.
Verbena bonariensis is the prettiest petite bloom. I am getting more self seeded starts every year.
Someone wasn't too impressed with my fab photo taking.
And this guy just wanted to get out of the way...
And finally, pumpkins! The kids picked them out of our garden and now it's time to prep for pumpkin meat preserving.
Wishing everyone a lovely October! Happy GBBD! Visit Carol over at May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming around the world every 15th of the month.