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.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day October 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted on the fifteenth of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  To see what's blooming in gardens all over the world on this day, click here.

Can you believe that it's already the middle of October?  Fall has definitely arrived in my garden with some fresh blooms but most of what's blooming now has been blooming most of the summer.

Here are some of the fall bloomers:

Japanese Anemone 'Lucky Charm'  


Impatiens omeiana 'Silver Pink'

Cyclamen hederifolium

Mahonia 'Soft Caress'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'

 Zauschneria californica

Winter pansies.

The first blooms of Viburnum x bodnantense 'dawn' perfuming the air.  This workhorse of a shrub will flower until late spring. 

Next are things that have been blooming for months now:

New Guinea Impatiens

Some of the many hardy fuchsias. 

F. 'Black Cherry'

 'Delta's Groom'


 'San Leandro' 

'John Maynard Scales'

Tuberous begonias bloom over a long period of time, are easy to grow and can either be thought of as annuals or the tubers can be thrown, pot and all into a dark dry place for the winter and they'll start sending up new growth in about February or March.  

A shocking pink bloom on Pelargonium (geranium)  

'Fragrant Cloud' rose will represent many that have put on a new flush of bloom.

Geranium 'Rozanne'

A surprise encore from the variegated Ceanothus in the hell strip.


Abutilon somethingorother

Abutilon 'Red Tiger'

Dichroa febrifuga

Out in the greenhouse, the big brugmansia is welcoming all his summer-vacationing friends back inside for the cold months.
Happy GBBD all!


  1. Oh gosh - it's already that time... Glad I saw your post, Peter. Bloom Day had completely escaped my mind. Maybe I'll managed to get a few photos tomorrow morning - it will definitely be less abundant than yours. You have proven to me that I NEED more Begonias...

  2. That Brug is a monster! Next year I may try some tuberous Begonias. I love the flowers. Happy GBBD!

  3. What an abundance of blooms! That shot of Miscanthus makes it look like you live in the country but I don't believe that is the case, is it? We haven't had frost yet so there are actually a few things blooming here.

  4. Your beautiful zone 8 is not my zone 8. I must find violas, all I saw yesterday were flats of big pansies.

  5. You have a lot going on, Peter! How do you like your Mahonia 'Soft Caress' ? I have been thinking of adding some to the garden. Great variety, wow! Thanks for sharing.

  6. That brugmansia is wonderful. Perfect placement I would say!

  7. Too wet to go see what's blooming today, so I'm just enjoying yours!

  8. Oh that Brugmansia is so so so sexy! And the Abutilon 'Red Tiger', remind me...do you grow it as an annual or have you had it overwinter?

  9. So many great blooms! But I absolutely love the way that Brugmansia fills the rafters with flowers.

  10. Your brugmansia is stunning; what a display! Good to see your Mahonia 'Soft Caress' blooming. I thought mine was a little off schedule since other Mahonias don't bloom till much later. How do you manage the Japanese Anemone? I hear they are thuggish.

  11. The Brugmansia hovering over all--wonderful. Great post.

  12. That Brugmansia summed up the difference between our gardens for me - mine has a single bloom and yours has a multitude! As usual, I remain exceedingly envious of the fuchsias and the begonias in particular.

  13. What a wonderful selection of blooms, like the others, I'm amazed at your Brugmansia. I've been surprised at my Begonias surviving the winter outside in pots, maybe I could start them off indoors to get a longer flowering season from them.

  14. I forgot all about Bloom Day this month, nice to see all yours.Soft Caress is a lovely thing even without blooms. Oh that Brugmansia! How intoxicating. Does it get white fly living inside?
    Your photos are stunning as ever.

  15. No, Peter, it isn't yet autumn in your garden, so many blooms!
    Lovely Cyclamen - nice color, I see you have large collection of hardy fuchsias, they all are pretty.
    Happy GBBD!

  16. I can't believe the V. bodnantense is starting to bloom! Here in the Washington D.C. area it's a February (or there abouts) bloomer. Love the Red Tiger Abutilon. Almost bought one this weekend until I came to my senses when I remembered I'd have to bring it inside with all the other tender things.....

  17. loving your garden, your greenhouse looks amazing, would love one just like that!


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