Wednesday, October 14, 2009

GBBD October 2009

The middle of October already. No frosts just yet, although the temperature has hovered around 2degC on a couple of mornings.
There are still a lot of flowers in the garden, although with the nights drawing in, I leave home for work in the dark, and come home in the dusk. The orange of the calendulas and Heleniums show up beautifully in the growing dusk. Because of the dark evenings, I had to cheat and take these photos on Sunday.

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' - flowers for ages and looks after herself nicely. She's loved by the bees and hoverflies.

A Penstemon (no idea which one as I failed to make a note of the cultivar when I bought it). A lovely lilac blue.

Japanese anemone 'Pamina' - a lovely looking lady who appears tres elegante but can put up a very good fight in a crowded border. Handbags ahoy!

Fireworks! Unknown aster, given to my father by someone he did some work for. It's around 36" and loaded with flowers. Any suggestions? Its legs are a little bare, so it likes to hide behind a shorter colleague.

The cool blue of Perovskia

The shocking pink of Nerines

The elegant twisted petals of Cyclamen floating up from the darker hoop.

I may have a tendency to put lots of Helenium photos up at this time of year, but I'm not going to apologise because they really are gorgeous.

Schizo stylis coccinea - not doing quite so well this year as last, due to the dry autumn, but they have still been flowering for several months now.

And if I may just extend the remit of GBBD and include some of the stunning colours from foliage at this time of year - as bright as many of the flowers...

Cornus canadensis

Witch Hazel
Thanks, as always, to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD. Visit her blog which has links to many, many more people taking part in October's GBBD.


Bay Area Tendrils said...

Hi HM,
'Pamina' has colonized an entire bed (once were roses, before the shade descended from neighboring trees).
It grows with soft pink Anemone 'Mont Rose' ...but 'Pamina' is overtaking this other variety. An interesting instance of witnessing the vigor of one cultivar over another.

chaiselongue said...

Wonderful colours and some flowers I don't know, being more of a vegetable gardener. I love the 'Pamina' and admire her toughness!

Joanne said...

Great shots and wonderful colours. Hopefully a good weekend again so you can enjoy the daylight hours.

Gail said...

Lovely photos! Just to my right as I type this the wonderful colors of your with hazel leaf is tempting me to dash out in the rain to see if mine have begun to change. Not gonna do it~~so I will continue to admire yours! gail

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Lovely bloom day post Happy M. Lemon Queen is looking rather nice, and your Anemone "Pamina" is great too.

I can take as many Helenium photos as you can post they are my new favorite flower :)

Sheila said...

Could that shocking pink aster above be Alma Potschke? it's in my garden, it has very bare legs, and it seems to have the same eye-popping colour as yours.

HappyMouffetard said...

Hi Alice, yes - it is interesting; Pamina certainly holds her own.

Chaiselongue - thanks. The veg are looking pretty good too. Not so pretty, perhaps but certainly eye-catching (the crazy parsnips in particular).

Joanne - thanks, here's hoping for a dry weekend, although I've got to work on Saturday :(

Gail - good choice. They look much better in the sun than the rain, anyway.

Karen - thanks you. I love the colours of Heleniums, and the way the flowers change over time.

Sheila - I think you could be right - thank you!

Nutty Gnome said...

Gorgeous colours HM - I'm really going to have to get some Heleniums, they're stunning!
I've been catching up on your other posts too, having been a very busy bee for a couple of weeks, and all i can say is ....Aaah, Vogon poetry!!!Peotry at its very worst:)
(have you heard the new Hitch Hikers book being serialised on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime this week? It's not bad - not Douglas Adams, but not bad!)