A wet Bloom Day – October 2016

It is a bit stormy here in the Pacific NW this weekend. So far no damage in our neighborhood, but the news showcased several trees down in various parts of Portland, so I think we’re just lucky over here in our corner of the city. There are still things blooming here – several of which you’ve seen before.

My red Abutilon is still going strong.

My red Abutilon is still going strong.

So are the Fuchsia magellanica...

So is the Fuchsia magellanica…

... and the Hot Cocoa rose is still putting out buds.

… and the Hot Cocoa rose too, is still putting out buds.

There are still a few blossoms on the Zauschnerias, and I noticed blue fruits on the Myrtis communis.

There are still a few blossoms on the Zauschnerias, but even more interesting – ย I noticed blue berries on the Myrtis communis!

Until today, I had no idea it actually bears fruit! How about that!

Until today, I had no idea Myrtleย actually bears fruit! How about that!

The Magnolia will flower until frost.

The Magnolia has flowered all summer, and will flower until frost.

The Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' seed head was sparkling after the rain.

The Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ seed head was sparkling after the rain.

Wet, and looking droopier than normal, the tails of Pennisetum purpureum are still pretty.

Wet, and looking droopier than normal, the tails of Pennisetum purpureum are still pretty.

Can't get enough of the cute little flowers of the Aztec sweet herb - Phyla scaberrina. They are just adorable, and so perfect with their purple leaves.

Can’t get enough of the cute little flowers of the Aztec sweet herb – Phyla scaberrina. They are just adorable, and so perfect with their purple leaves.

I've got to get that Bronze fennel out of there before the seeds fall off.  A Calico aster in the background.

I’ve got to get that top heavy Bronze fennel out of there before the seeds fall off. A Calico aster in the background.

The Chocolate Eupatorium is finally blooming. Sorry about the politics, but this one is SO important!

The Chocolate Eupatorium is finally blooming. Sorry about the politics, but this one is SO important! The fiery fall color of the Stewartia in the background. I will say goodbye to this tree when it goes dormant – I have found it a better home. But for now, I do enjoy it very, very much.

Not sure which I like better  - the spent or the new flowers on Santolina 'Lemon Fizz'.

Not sure which I like better – the spent or the new flowers on Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’. I kind of like the dark, spent dots on their black stalks.

I love when the leaves of the Bitter orange tree (Poncirus trifoliata) turn yellow.

I love when the leaves of the Bitter orange tree (Poncirus trifoliata) turn yellow.

A NOID perennial sunflower I got as a gift. It is still in its pot, and although it has suffered mightily over the summer, it is an admirably tough plant as it has recovered from several close calls when I forgot to water it. A keeper, for sure.

A NOID perennial sunflower I got as a gift. It is still in its pot, and although it has suffered mightily over the summer, it is an admirably tough plant as it has recovered from several close calls when I forgot to water it. A keeper, for sure.

Clematis henryi is still blooming - it is quite the trooper.

Clematis henryi is still blooming – it is quite the trooper.

Mahonia gracilipes is full of its tiny flowers.

Mahonia gracilipes is full of its tiny flowers.

A few sporadic blooms on Begonia 'Santa Cruz'. It didn't do all that well for me this year, but fair enough - it got planted late, and probably had too much shade. Well, I'm grateful for the few I got.

A few sporadic blooms on Begonia ‘Santa Cruz’. It didn’t do all that well for me this year, but fair enough – it got planted late, and probably had too much shade. Well, I’m grateful for the few I got.

I liked this orange Cuphea (Strybing sunset) with...

I liked this orange Cuphea (Strybing sunset) with…

...this thorny Solanum pyracantha. They were supposed to go in a planter together, but never actually got planted. Oh well - they are taking the high road, and acting like everything is okay. They deserved better than they got, this year.

…this thorny Solanum pyracantha. They were supposed to go in a planter together, but never actually got planted. Oh well – they are taking the high road, and acting like everything is okay. They deserved better than they got, this year.

I guess one can't have an October Bloom Day post without some sort of Aster. I'll let this one round out the set. Appropriately for the day, it is bowing its heads to the weather gods who have watered them liberally today.

I guess one can’t have an October Bloom Day post without some sort of Aster. I’ll let this one round out the set. Appropriately for the day, it is bowing its heads to the weather gods who have watered them quite liberally today.

Click over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what else blooms in gardens the world over.

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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24 Responses to A wet Bloom Day – October 2016

  1. Lovely photos of the year’s survivors

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Derrick. It feels like I’m posting the same blooms month after month, but some of them are such great performers – I just can’t leave them out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tina says:

    Lovely, drippy blooms. My son is in Eugene and has been whining about the wet. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Tina! Sometimes the grey gets a little overbearing, but I will never say no to free water from the sky. Especially since I know how dry we get in the summer! I still have planting to do, and I hope – by now – the soil is a little softer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Alison says:

    Glad to hear you survived the storms so well. No problems here either, the second storm fizzled out very quickly, a few big gusts of wind and then nothing. Love the flower on Mahonia gracilipes.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I’m sitting here looking out, waiting for something to happen. It looks wonderful outside, and the sun is out. I think it might be safe to say that we’re over the worst. Which – thinking about the devastation Matthew left in his wake – our worst (if it is indeed over) was insignificant at best – except for along the coast, and inland,where a few misplaced cars got crushed.

  4. Evan says:

    Great, photos, Anna! The Aztec sweet herb is pretty cool, and something I wasn’t familiar with. Those myrtle berries are edible. Actually, I guess the flowers are, too. The berries are supposed to have a sweet, spicy flavor, more commonly described as “aromatic”.

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s cute, isn’t it? Except, only hardy to Zone 9, so will have to be protected soon. Cool that myrtle can be eaten – will have to head out for a trial soon! And, I’m always looking for edible flowers, so thank you for that information! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. joanna says:

    Such treasures hidden away amongst the foliage. Some very unusual plants too. Your rain must be doing it all good.

  6. It was plenty windy here yesterday afternoon, I think we live in one of the windier parts of town on a normal day, and our power was out for about an hour…all in all not to horrible! I love seeing the yellow leaves on your Poncirus trifoliata, mine were all blown away. Thankfully the fruit that I left in place is still there! (I was a little worried they’d be blown away).

    • annamadeit says:

      You got fruit??? Dang – now I feel a little sting of envy… Oh well, that’s what I get for keeping it in only part sun, in a pot. Poor thing… Yeah, I experienced the storm on the west side, so who knows… I don’t think we had a power outage. Would have seen it on the microwave, if we had. All in all, I’m grateful we got off scot free. Could have been so very much worse…

  7. hb says:

    Looks so wonderful, all of it–I love drippy. Nothing brown or shriveled–fuchsias that haven’t died–aahh! Love it.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Hoov – fuchsias are moving higher and higher up on my favorites list. They are such trooper. I honestly don’t water that one much at all, and I don’t think I have ever fertilized it. It just keeps going, and going, and going. And, just to make you feel better – there ARE some brown and crispy things. I just didn’t photograph them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Pauline says:

    Lots of lovely flowers enjoying the rain! You have lots still flowering and lots of berries too. Thanks for the photo of the Myrtle berries, I dashed out to see if my Myrtis communis had berries and sure enough, it has, I’ve never noticed them before.

  9. rusty duck says:

    That dark leaf magnolia is lovely. Which one is it? Apologies if I asked you before..

    • annamadeit says:

      I honestly don’t know, Jessica – it is probably from the 1940’s some time. I imagine it was planted right after the house was built. Right now, its more than twice as tall as the house, which would make it about 50 – 60′ – at least. It’s a massive tree, and – for as messy as it is with its constant leaf drop – I love it!

  10. Kris P says:

    I love seeing raindrops on plants but I’m glad that typhoon didn’t cause you any damage. I’ve been concerned about all of you up in the PNW since the weather warning hit the news. Your Mahonia is a gorgeous thing – I’ll have to look into whether that one can tolerate conditions down here without continuous life support.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Kris – I spent the windiest day in a greenhouse built in 1937, so was a bit nervous. It was pretty gusty, but not anywhere near what I expected – thankfully! I know the Mahonia is supposed to be pretty drought tolerant when established, and it is happy in shade. Not sure if it’s anywhere near as tolerant as it would have to be in LA, but I honestly don’t know. I hope you find one, so you can try it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Rose says:

    I love the photo of the bronze fennel seedheads–glad you waited to pull them till you took this photo. I’m glad you and your garden have come safely through the storms; it’s been a scary few weeks for so many people on both coasts recently. Lovely blooms!

  12. I heartily approve of your sign – I hope it passes! Love the Mahonia flowers.

  13. annamadeit says:

    Thanks Jason – I hope so too. Fingers crossed! ๐Ÿ™‚

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