Monday, October 14, 2013

October 15, 2013: Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

The deep purple berries of native American Beautyberry--Calycarpa ameriana. I've been waiting for them to turn from green to this vibrant shade of purple for months!


Monkshood: Aconitum x carmichaelii is the most beautiful blue plant...but I'm getting a little nervous about having it in the garden now, after reading that it's one of the most poisonous plants known to man. I do watch my dogs at all times...but I've read that the seeds, roots and all parts of the plants are extremely toxic. I will have to decide if I will remove the two plants after they finish blooming...


Toad Lily: Tricyrtis 'Sinonome' a cross between T. hirta and T. formosana


native Willow Leaved SunflowerHelianthus salicifolius


For the sake of comparison, below are some photos of the same plants in October, 2012. They clearly did not do as well this year, as you can see in the collage above. Last year they went crazy!


Pink Chrysanthemums and Sedum 'Autumn Joy' AKA Stonecrop


I couldn't resist including the deep red foliage of native Highbush BlueberryVaccinium corymbosum


The native Goldenrods (Solidago) are still in bloom, even after a week of monsoon rains.


And last but not least, the Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) is still going strong. I actually
had to comeback and add this to the completed post because I've gotten so used
to seeing it in bloom that I (almost) took it forgranted!


Oh, wait! Some of the Japanese Anenome (Anenome japonica) are still blooming, too! 


There. That's about it, except for a few tall garden phlox still in bloom but they're fading and have some mildew on them so I won't subject anyone to those right now.

Join Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, to see what's blooming this October in gardens the world over.

**October 20th update: I dug up and discarded the Monkshood. It's not a native, was getting leggy, and with the high toxicity factor, I just couldn't take anymore suspense! So I'm done with it...pretty as it was.

What gifts have you discovered today? Until next time,

Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @ http://www.thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/
Not to be reproduced or re-blogged without express permission of the author.

19 comments:

  1. Wow, Jan, you have a lot of stuff still blooming in your garden! Mine is in the "sad state" of decline these days. I should plant stuff that will bloom into October next year.

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  2. Oh, I almost forgot my toad lily, I'll have to put mine in my Bloom Day post when I finally pull it together. It's such a small, delicate flower.

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  3. I love your title...I have actually been looking for milkweed...I was unaware of waystation but this year I love the butterflies as much as the flower....I'm glad I stopped by...Happy gbbd!

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  4. Beautiful photos of beautiful flowers. I love Beautyberry - but it is too tender for me. Fortunately I can have all the Japanese anemones I want - or I could if the deer didn't eat them all. The deer have been particularly voracious this year.

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  5. Every camera has its quirks. The one I am using now refuses to record the blue of the Aconitum. Now that I have discovered you via Carol, I can just enjoy yours.

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  6. Happy Bloom Day...Everything looks lovely even after your heavy rains! I found that some of my wildflowers were not happy with all the rain we had this summer and their bloom suffered. Lot's of mildew, too. gil

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  7. You really have quite a bit blooming yet. I love the beauty berry. That color is electric.

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  8. Wow, so many beautiful blooming flowers! They all look fantastic.

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  9. You have make beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  10. I enjoyed visiting your lovely gardens filled with so much fall color. Your Callicarpa is an excellent addition with its vibrant purple berries...LOVE IT!

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  11. The beautyberry! I saw them at the garden centre but didn't know what they are and there didn't seem to be a label. We were fascinated. Can't think of any other plant with that colour. Thanks!

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  12. I just love the Beautyberry, too. I temporarily planted a tree seedling in front of mine and need to move it soon so that I can enjoy these purple berries without obstruction. I've often thought about adding some Monkshood to my garden because I love those blue blooms. But thanks for the warning--I'm not sure I want anything like this around my curious dogs, after all. Lovely blooms, Jan!

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  13. Another lover of Beautyberry. I don't have one, but there is one adjacent to my meadow in our shared neighborhood space.

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  14. Wonderful blooms Jan. I love Beautyberry. I don't have one but there is a lot of it in a local nature center. I used to have a toad lily in a container on the patio, but a family of wrens nested in it a couple of years ago and I wasn't able to water it and it ended up dying.

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  15. Autumn is filled with fabulous colors! You still have some fabulous blooms in your garden, and your Beautyberry collage is so lovely. Thanks for commenting on my own blog; it was good to hear from you! Good luck with your fothergilla!

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  16. Your flowers are beautiful. I wish my turtlehead lasted as long as yours, it finishes in September. I love my monkshood but don't have any dogs. It is very hard to photgraph and I was admiring your photos.

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  17. Jan your garden is so stunning in fall...

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  18. Your garden looks great! Monkshood is such a beautiful plant. Do you have a spot for it where your dogs can't access it?

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  19. Beautyberry makes me drool, I wonder why I don't have one!

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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