Bloom Day – October 2014

Surprisingly, I do have a few flowers in my garden this month. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t spent much time out there, so it was nice to see that they do their thing without any interference from me.

Canna 'Chocolate Sunrise' planted with marigolds, velvety brown Salpiglossis, and a couple of dark-leaved Pennisetums. I really love this hot orange color, and have to make sure I remember to bring it inside before it gets too cold around here.

Canna ‘Chocolate Sunrise’ planted with marigolds, velvety brown Salpiglossis, and a couple of dark-leaved Pennisetums. I really love this hot yellow-orange color, and have to make sure I remember to bring it inside before it gets too cold around here.

Anna's Promise - a new rose whose creation was inspired by Anna in the hit TV-drama Downton Abbey. We got it as a sample at the nursery this spring, and my friend and co-worker William thought I should take it home. I'm glad I did!

Anna’s Promise – a new rose whose creation was inspired by Anna in the hit TV-drama Downton Abbey. We got it as a sample at the nursery this spring, and my friend and co-worker William thought I should give my namesake rose at home. I’m glad I did!

Another rose - Twilight Zone. Cool color, and great fragrance!

Another rose – Twilight Zone. Cool color, and great fragrance!

The Edgeworthia chrysantha has set buds for this spring. I make a point to enjoy them now, in case we have a colder than usual winter again - in which case they will most likely freeze off.

The Edgeworthia chrysantha has set buds for this spring. I make a point to enjoy them now, in case we have a colder than usual winter again – in which case they will most likely freeze off.

I was originally intrigued by the pretty veining pattern on the leaves of this Salvia mexicana, but I should have known better. I have so little of the hot sunlight it craves, that it took it until now to bud. I doubt I will see any blooms before frost hits. If it does survive the winter, I think it will either have to move to my hell strip, or find a new family to live with.

I was originally intrigued by the pretty veining pattern on the leaves of this Salvia mexicana, but I should have known better. I have so little of the hot sunlight it craves, that it took it until now to bud. I doubt I will see any blooms before frost hits. If it does survive the winter, I think it will either have to move to my hell strip, or find a new family to live with.

The Eupatorium purpureum is finally blooming, but as you can tell, it is flopping over rather badly. Again, a sun issue, which also manifests itself in the fact that the leaves are a lot more green now than the pretty black leaves I fell for. I guess it will have to move too.

The Eupatorium purpureum is finally blooming, but as you can tell, it is flopping over rather badly. Again, a sun issue, which also manifests itself in the fact that the leaves are a lot more green now than the pretty black leaves I fell for. I guess it will have to move too. Nice plant, though – I like it!

Happy to announce that the grasses are blooming! Little blue stem 'The Blues' and Botleya 'Blonde Ambition' are doing alright. They are on the west side of my house, and don't really get hit by direct sun until mid afternoon. A little floppy maybe, but not bad considering the light situation I've forced them into.

Happy to announce that the grasses are blooming! Little blue stem ‘The Blues’ and Botleya ‘Blonde Ambition’ are doing alright. They are on the west side of my house, and don’t really get hit by direct sun until mid afternoon. A little floppy maybe, but not bad considering the light situation I’ve forced them into. Apologies for the fuzzy photo.

Salvia greggii and Anemanthele (Pheasant grass) - also without enough light to truly thrive, but they are being troopers and hanging in there.

Salvia greggii and Anemanthele (Pheasant grass) – also without enough light to truly thrive, but they are being troopers and hanging in there.

The Fuchsias are the true stalwarts in my garden in late summer/fall.

The Fuchsias are the true stalwarts in my garden in late summer/fall.

Asters!

Asters!

Started bringing in the tender varieties this past week. Yikes - the shelf above my kitchen sink is awfully crowded...

Started bringing in the tender varieties this past week. Yikes – the shelf above my kitchen sink is awfully crowded…

Finally, I figured out what my problem is. I garden in vignettes! I can't help myself. I always look at things in context, and this doesn't necessarily change when I'm among plants. Where a normal gardener might just buy the plant(s) he or she needs for a particular spot, I end up with a new vignette. Who cares if I have a spot for it - it looks good! So these four came home with me today. William says I'm an addict. I'm afraid he's right. To see what grows in more disciplined gardeners' gardens, head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Finally, I figured out what my problem is. I garden in vignettes! I can’t help myself. I always look at things in context, and this doesn’t necessarily change when I’m among plants. Where a “normal” gardener might just buy the plant(s) he or she needs for a particular spot, I end up with a whole new vignette – or in this case parts of two vignettes. Who cares if I have a spot for it – it looks so good! So, these lovelies came home with me today. I really like how the stray Little blue stem flower looks with the Aster and the Kale… It just might have to become a pot somewhere. But where…?

I have been told I’m an addict. This is true – if there was such a thing as Plantoholics Anonymus, I’d be the first to join. To see what grows in more disciplined gardeners’ gardens, head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens. As always, thanks for hosting, Carol, and Happy Belated Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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6 Responses to Bloom Day – October 2014

  1. Loree says:

    Love that canna! You plan to dig it? Also I’m curious, did you loose your Edgeworthia buds last winter?

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes, it’s in a pot with no drainage, so I need to dig it soon, before it drowns. As for last winter’s Edgeworthia – I tried to cover it with a sheet, but most of the buds froze anyway. The only ones that survived were the ones that were closest to the ground. When it bloomed, it reminded me of a christmas tree decorated by preschoolers – all the pretty stuff was along the bottom of the shrub.

  2. Alison says:

    That Canna flower is my favorite color right now, great plant! And it sounds like you gave it some lovely companions too. My ‘Blonde Ambition’ is not in the best spot either, it’s ok when it’s dry, but the recent rains have made it flop all over. You still have some beautiful flowers! Happy GBBD!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Alison! Made some long overdue headway in the garden yesterday. Dug up a maple tree, put it out on the sidewalk in hopes that someone rescues it, and moved my Melianthus into its spot. I fear that move came too late in the season, but hopefully it will make it through the winter. Doing what I can to make more light and reduce floppiness for next year! Another maple is set for removal this evening, if I can make it home before dark. I’m really looking forward to having more room for smaller things! 🙂

  3. Kris P says:

    Beautiful! I love your peach-colored rose. I miss having fuchsias in my garden – maybe next year. Although I don’t think of them as drought tolerant, strangely they’ve appeared on some lists of drought tolerant plants I’ve pulled on-line. Of course, I suspect one area’s definition of drought tolerance may be different than another’s.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Kris! I think you’re right about our drought not quite being the same as what you are going through, but in case you do want to try, I can tell you that my Fuchsia magellanica has performed way beyond any expectations in terms of drought tolerance. Mind you, it only gets morning sun, but still… It has held up surprisingly well.

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