The appearance of the above bright beauties (Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’, Tithonia ‘Torch’ and Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’) on Garden Bloggers Blooms Day this October is, like last month and even the month before, very misleading as they and other blooms are few and far between in the garden. Nevertheless, they are joined by a number of other individuals to give lingering pleasure at the tail end of the season. Thank you to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly meme, and do pop over to her blog to find links to what is blooming in other people’s gardens.
Here, there are more bright beauties in the cheerful Tagetes ‘Paprika’ and the bright autumn leaves of Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ with its completely insignificant white flowers (I forgot to capture the more striking blooms of its cousin P ‘Firetail’):
….. and pretty flowers on the recent division of a friend’s tradescantia (possibly ‘Osprey’?), a young Astrantia ‘Bloody Mary’ and lingering blooms on some of the sweet peas. I have tied string round the stems of these last ‘Mollie Rilestone’ flowers to identify them and save the seed once they have finished:
Cataloguing October’s blooms in this way makes me realise just how many things are still flowering in the garden (and I will have missed some, I am sure), but believe me they really are few and far between, albeit little gems in their own right.