GBBD: They Think It’s all Over….

GBBD.Oct13…. but it certainly isn’t yet, as the above blooms show. From the top and left to right:

  • one of the increasing number of clumps of Cyclamen hederifolium
  • sunflower in the hot border
  • a second flush of Astrantia ‘Buckland’
  • Lonicera belgica, a late flowering honeysuckle on the screen separating the woodland edge from the hot border
  • a pleasing combination of Rudbeckia fulgida and Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw
  • Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, loving its new position
  • another sunflower (I really must keep seeds from these)
  • long flowering Clematis ‘John Howells’
  • Dahlia ‘Procyon’, as yet untouched by earwigs!

I addition to these there are splashes of colour from the new asters which I have featured recently, and second flushes on most of the roses. Although I have bought pansies, violas and primulas from my local garden centre’s recent half price promotion I don’t feel that the plants they will replace are ready to be ousted from their pots – the petunias in the baskets at the front of the hose perked up a little after recent rain, but only one of the three shades are still in flower and there is as much foliage as flower now, so these will be the first to go. The ‘ice cream’ planters however are still going strong, particularly the ‘New Guinea’ impatiens which have been smothered in flowers from the start, about 5 months ago.

basketsnpotsI know from writing this blog throughout the autumn and winter last year that there will always be something in flower, and even now in mid October there were other blooms I haven’t shown. To check out what’s flowering in other people’s gardens have a look at Carol’s blog May Dreams Gardens today and on the 15th of every month, as she kindly hosts links to other sites on this Garden Bloggers Blooms Day.

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19 Responses to GBBD: They Think It’s all Over….

  1. Pauline says:

    Such a lot of lovely colour and fantastic that your clematis is flowering this late on. Your pale sunflower is beautiful, much nicer than the hard yellow.

    • Cathy says:

      I am sure this is the first year the clematis has flowered, Pauline – I can’t remember where I moved it from the previous year, or if it was a starter clematis – and I have been really pleased with these sunflowers and hope to save seed and sow some of them earlier to get a longer succession of flowering

  2. Janie says:

    October is the prettiest time here in Alabama….I love your blooms…happy gbbd!

  3. Christina says:

    Looks like you’re having a second spring too!

  4. Annette says:

    Great flowers, Cathy, you must be delighted. I like your sunflowers as I said before. 🙂 Are your sure it’s Hagley Hybrid? Looks very purple to me, a lot more colourful and intense than it usually is.

    • Cathy says:

      Annette, you are so observant – I have two growing up that post and I attributed it to the wrong label – it must be ‘John Howells’ (which was sent to me in error but I was told to keep it 😉 ). I shall correct it on the blog – thanks!

  5. Helen says:

    Now honeysuckle is something I keep meaning to get! note to self. Good flowers

    • Cathy says:

      Every year Aldi have a week when they sell them – not just one variety, but usually a dozen named varieties and all of ‘garden centre quality’. I think I have bought about four different ones since last year. Great value of course.

  6. Kay Wilson says:

    Love your garden pictures. I owned a small landscaping company and when I designed a landscape, I always planned to have something in bloom for each season:)

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kay – I hope your clients didn’t demand LOTS of colour every month of the year! 😉 I myself have quite recently come to appreciate the benefits of foliage and the different shades of green – always plenty of that in the garden!

  7. Anna says:

    Aren’t those second flushes of astrantias most welcome Cathy? Brilliant post title!

  8. You’re so right. It’s only when you start gardening that you realise there is never an absolutely dead time in the garden – something is always flowering, even if it’s one bloom at a time. Love your honeysuckle; always prefer the pink ones to the yellow

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Helen – and recording the garden in a blog has really brought this home to me, particularly as I try to post everyday

  9. croftgarden says:

    Satan get behind me! What lovely blooms. Am I envious – you bet. Apart from moving house any suggestions for autumn plants for a windy garden in the far north west.
    In despair – off to barrow some muck!

    • Cathy says:

      I know you love what you have and what you do so I am not going to be drawn into any suggestions of plant envy on your part – sorry! 😉

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