Bloom Day – October 2015

I just finished helping my 12-year old dye his hair blue. Now on to the reds:

Rosa 'Hot Cocoa'

Hot Cocoa rose – delicious with its dark exterior petals.

Pretty nice thorns too.

Pretty nice thorns too.

Trusted Fuchsia magellanica will keep going until frost does it in.

Trusted Fuchsia magellanica will keep going until frost does it in.

Agastache 'Raspberry nectar' has a really nice, rich red.

Agastache ‘Raspberry nectar’ has a really nice, rich red…

...as does this red Salvia.

…as does this red Salvia.

Gladiolus nanus 'Atom' is flopping wildly all over (not enough sun), but I enjoy its white-lined red even so.

Gladiolus nanus ‘Atom’ is flopping wildly all over (not enough sun), but I enjoy its white-lined red even so.

This is what it looked like last month, when it was still upright.

This is what it looked like last month, when it was still upright.

Who can resist a fiery Zauschneria?

Who can resist a fiery Zauschneria? Not me…

Salvia greggii 'Flame' is still going strong.

Salvia greggii ‘Flame’ is still going strong.

Stachys albomentosa - also called Hidalgo or 7-Up plant. The leaves smell like 7-Up.

Stachys albomentosa – also called Hidalgo or 7-Up plant. The leaves smell like 7-Up, and it has soft, fuzzy leaves.

Another Agastache - I think this might be 'Orange nectar', and Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'.

Another Agastache – I think this might be ‘Orange nectar’, and Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’.

And again...

And again…

... such a photogenic combo!

… such a photogenic combo!

The flowers of Little bluestem are pretty awesome on their own too.

The flowers of Little bluestem are pretty awesome on their own too.

Anisacanthus wrightii - one of the best things to come out of Texas.

Anisacanthus wrightii – surely qone of the best things to come out of Texas – it’s on its third month now.

The red Abutilon is still blooming.

The red Abutilon is still blooming.

A shorter version than the one I really wanted. Should have read the tag, but I was just so excited to find it - a black Scabiosa.

A shorter version than the one I really wanted. Should have read the tag, but I was just so excited to find it – a black Scabiosa.

Aster lateriflorus 'Prince' is doing its thing,...

Aster lateriflorus ‘Prince’ is doing its thing,…

...but it is nowhere near as fabulous as the one at work. I sometimes wonder if it is the same plant...

…but it is nowhere near as fabulous as the one at work. I sometimes wonder if it is the same plant…

I feel like I just showed you the exact same plants as last month, and many even the month before that – just different photos. Sorry for the repetition. Click over to May Dreams Gardens to see if other gardeners can offer more than essentially a repeat of the last two months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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19 Responses to Bloom Day – October 2015

  1. Never mind any repetition. Great photos. Is that rose the one we call Hot Chocolate? If so, ours is doing well too.

  2. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Lovely! I’ve stopped trying to keep track of my Agastache names, especially when seedlings may have replaced the parent plants. I must get one of those great Aster lateriflorus cultivars. The one at work might not be ‘Prince’, but who cares — gorgeous!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Alan – I bought it hoping it would be the same. The flowers are identical. If Prince continues to be as compact as it is right now, I will send it your way so you can give it a try. But first I’m going to move it to see if it does better in more sun – if I can find some. My yard is so shady…

  3. Nice, Anna…just lovely. Now where’s the photo of the blue kid? haha…yes, the aster at work got some attention yesterday, someone was asking where she could find one.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks T – he’s still asleep. You’re right – I should have taken a photo. I have to say, he looks pretty snazzy. That Aster is a showstopper for sure.

  4. Alison says:

    You can show that Hot Cocoa rose as much as you want! It’s beautiful. My son had multi-colored hair when he was a teen.

  5. Pauline says:

    Lovely Asters, Agastache,Gladiolus, in fact everything is gorgeous! Late summer plants are so precious, and extend the season for us before the dreaded frost finished everything off!

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  7. Rose says:

    What beautiful reds! I won’t even ask why your son wanted to dye his hair blue:) Love the combo of the Agastache and the grasses–gorgeous!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Rose! It was Crazy hair day at school. Not only did he dye it blue – he also used two little rubber bands, to make it appear as if he had antennae on top of his head. I’m so happy he is taking part in all these themed days they have. My other son couldn’t have cared less when he was in middle school… 🙂

    • annamadeit says:

      Just tried to add a comment to your GBBD post, but it wouldn’t let me… I was going to say – nothing like fall in corn country. You still have a lot of wonderful abundance in your garden. I grew a Pineapple sage last year, and it was a hummingbird favorite. It doesn’t overwinter here, unfortunately – it is a great plant!

  8. Evan says:

    No need to apologize for a beautiful array of plants. The combo of little bluestem and agastache is simply amazing, especially with the parahebe in the background. This is one of the reasons I love garden blogs, seeing great combinations to steal, I mean borrow, for my own garden.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, that Parahebe is definitely one of my fave additions to the garden this year. It will elevate the looks of just about anything. But thank you for the compliment, and go ahead and get inspiration as much as you want. That’s why we do this, right?

  9. Kris P says:

    That’s a wonderful collection of reds, Anna. I surprised myself by falling for that gladiola (as I generally dislike them). How long will your son be happy with blue hair? Are you going to be charged with dying it a new color each month?

    • annamadeit says:

      I know… I’m no big fan of glads either, but this one was so cute and so much smaller. (Albeit apparently it does demand full sun to remain standing.) As for the blue hair, he came home from Crazy hair day, mighty pleased with himself and the comments he had gotten, so now he wants it all blue – not just the highlights. But, it’s easy enough to do, so I think for the next make-over, he’ll be on his own. 🙂 That kid is so hard to predict – there is no telling what he’ll do next.

  10. You’ve got so many bold red flowers! That Anisacanthus is a winner! I wonder if I could grow it, maybe as an annual? I have the species Symphyotrichum lateriflorus – but ‘Prince’ is so obviously superior. I should think about getting some to replace the species.

  11. annamadeit says:

    Thanks, Jason! I’m sure you could grow it as an annual where you are. Or in a planter that you’d move into the garage in winter. It likes a lot of sun, and on my partially shaded westside, it tends to flop a bit, even though it gets hot sun for most of the afternoon. If you put it in a pot, you could move it to ensure its happiness…

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