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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day October 2015

On the fifteenth of each month,  Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, an opportunity for garden bloggers from around the world to document what's blooming in their gardens each month.  Click over to her blog to see her blooms and those of garden bloggers around the world.

October isn't the most floiferous month in the Outlaw Garden but here's what's happening.

This heather was a September purchase and is still looking good.  I usually kill these in the ground so will keep it in a pot and see how it does.

Asters mostly pst their prime but with still a few more buds.

Holdovers from summer, the hardy fuchsias will keep going until we have a freeze.






A few Japanese Anemones are left.

Cyclamen purpurascens 

Cyclamen hederifolium

Perennial impatiens (forgot which one) from Annie's Annuals many years ago.
Brugmansia
Tuberous begonia


Abutilon megapotamicum 'Red'
Abutilon Megapotamicum 'Blurry' :)

Abutilon 'Hot Pink'

Persicaria 'Golden Arrow' looking a bit less than golden right now. 
Alstroemeria


Dahlias


That crazy Pelargonium (Geranium) that never stops blooming (in the greenhouse for the winter now.)

New Guinea Impatiens.  I'm putting a few of these in the greenhouse for the winter to see if I can keep them & perhaps they'll get larger.


Bougainvillea.  Fingers crossed that I can keep it alive this winter. 

Already moved inside for the winter brugmansia.

Because of it's size this permanent greenhouse resident brugmansia is beginning another flush of bloom.

Aster and Chrysanthemum



Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'

Tall Zebra Grass.

Red 'Knockout' roses are so easy, drought tolerant and disease resistant.  If only they had a stronger fragrance, they'd be perfect.

Happy GBBD all!

38 comments:

  1. Wonderful fuchsias, Peter. I also love your Impatience!
    Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thanks, Nadezda! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. It looks pretty floriferous to me Peter. Those abutilons are such good value, you seem to have had them blooming for months!

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    1. There are many blooms but they're so spread out through all of the foliage that the overall visual impact is less than in summer. Abutilons have become a favorite because they bloom nearly year round both outside and in the greenhouse.

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    2. There are many blooms but they're so spread out through all of the foliage that the overall visual impact is less than in summer. Abutilons have become a favorite because they bloom nearly year round both outside and in the greenhouse.

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  3. I'm so amused that one of your Brugs has already gotten so big that you can't get it out of the greenhouse. My 'Golden Arrow' Persicaria is very rangy-looking, and never really looks good. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your Bougainvillea if you keep yours crossed for mine. You still have way more flowers than I do. Happy GBBD!

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    1. That Persicaria always looks so good in the nursery and other people's gardens but mine flops all over the place. Too much sun and it pouts, too little and it's not golden. Fingers are crossed for your Bougainvillea!

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    1. It's more the climate than anything that I do. Wish I could take credit!

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  5. You have beautiful flowers in your garden!

    Greetings, Sofie #26
    http://sofies-succulent-beads.blogspot.be

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  6. You still have quite many bloomers in your garden! Beautiful! Happy weekend!

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  7. I spotted several clumps of Cyclamen when visiting your garden last weekend, you do them well. In fact so well you almost (almost) convince me I should be growing some.

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    1. They would love your garden and would fill in nicely in areas where other things might be less than stellar in the winter. Oh wait, your garden looks so good in the winter that there aren't spaces like that.

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  8. I'm always tempted by Cyclamen...but I'm not sure where I could plant them that they would actually ever see the light of day!

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    1. Fortunately they don't need much light, especially in the summer when they're happy to have other things shading them. Such nice winter foliage. Go ahead, try one, you'll soon want more!

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  9. I always enjoy your bloom day photos.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I know that Tom likes Cyclamen, and think of you two when I see them come up in the fall.

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  10. Love those fuchsias, especially the white and the white/blue.

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    1. Luckily some are hardy here including that white/blue one. To help it along, it'll spend the coldest couple of months in the greenhouse.

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  11. Cyclamen and Fuchsias. If I could get those to thrive I would be most happy. Not in this climate, I'm afraid.

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    1. I guess that there are trade offs to gardening in any climate. We envy some of the heat loving plants that you grow to perfection that don't like our mild summers.

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  12. Is that heather in the first picture for real? the multi color bloom is unusual. I love your variegated Bougainvillea: for some reason it takes me to a sunny beach with a margarita in hand. I had Persicaria 'Golden Arrow' on my radar for a little while: how do you like yours? what conditions did you give it?

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    1. Several nurseries have that heather right now; it's actually three heathers (Calluna) that have been grown in a single pot. Having limited space, I like it as a pot specimen. We'll see how it fares over time. I love Persicaria 'Golden Arrow' especially when the foliage is truly golden and those pink flowers begin. Zowie! It likes some sun to keep the golden color but if it gets too much sun, it isn't happy (wilts, gets brown edges on the leaves) unless you water it a lot. Although, I've seen it in gardens in full sun. Mine is in partial shade, gets a couple of hours of morning sun, and not a lot of water.

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  13. Is that heather real? All my blooms have turned to silvery seed capsules. Maybe someone glued those flowers on, like big box store cacti. It would only take a few months, after all. I love your patch of white cyclamen! Beautiful!

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    1. I can just see someone gluing on tiny Calluna blooms - funny image. Thanks. It was purchased in bloom at Valley Nursery in Poulsbo, but I've seen it since at other nurseries. It's three heathers grown in one pot. Don't know why it's lasting so long but I'm enjoying it!

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  14. Peter, all of your photos are lovely. The begonia pictures reminded me of your experiment with tubers from various vendors. Did the source of the tuber make a difference?

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    1. Thanks, Anon! The vendor source didn't seem to make much of a difference. I didn't feed them heavily enough and kept them in the greenhouse too long where they didn't so much like the light and heat, especially in the evening so none of them was outstanding but that's my fault and the hot summer, not so much the tubers themselves. There's always next year as I'll save them over the winter.

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  15. Hardy fuchsia is a plant I can't wait to grow out there!

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    1. Soon and very soon! I'm very excited for you!

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  16. You have so many wonderful flowers, indoors and out, what a beautiful selection! We are just bringing in our plants from outside if I want them to last the winter, but I don't have anywhere near the number that you have!

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    1. I've a few too many tender plants as I've over estimates the space I have to winter them over. It would be nice for the greenhouse to be a beautiful space; instead it looks a bit more like a warehouse of plants. This will be my second year with the greenhouse and I'll start culling the collection.

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  17. Nice Fuchsias! They are some of my favorites, because they are the Energizer bunnies of plants - they just keep going and going and going... Happy belated GBBD, Peter!

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    1. Thanks, Anna. Fuchsias really are wonderful that way aren't they!

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  18. I love heather! I remember seeing it planted around my daughter's apartment complex when she lived in Portland and wished I could grow it. I don't think it would like our Midwest climate, however; hope yours thrives. You're making me feel like a real procrastinator with all that you have already brought in for the winter, Peter. We're supposed to get a frost tonight, so I'd better get busy!

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    1. We're very lucky to live in this climate where we can grow such a variety of plants. It makes choosing difficult which is why I have a mish mash of a garden with one of everything. Yikes! I want to live in denial that frost will ever come. There are only a few plants left outside to come in before that happens & hopefully those will come in today!

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  19. Your fuchsias and begonias make me miss my old shady garden - oh, and the water needed to keep them alive. A belated happy GBBD Peter!

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