Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, October 2020

There is a definite autumnal feel to the garden now, the days are shorter, the sun lower in the sky and it is certainly a lot colder this week than last. This howerver doesn’t stop all the flowers from flowering, some in fact have just been triggered into flowering mode, just when I thought everything had finished for this year.

I thought my variegated yucca had decided not to flower this year, when all of a sudden, I noticed a few days ago, that it had started putting up a flower spike. I hope it manages to flower before the frost really gets going.

Liriope muscari in the woodland has just started flowering, another plant that leaves it to the last minute.

My new little Mahonia Cabaret which will only grow to 3ft tall and wide has red buds which open to yellow/orange flowers.

I think the flowers are rather lovely.

Lots of Michaelmas Daisies have seeded through the front border, I wouldn’t be without them as the bees love them. The red leaves behind belong to Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt, they are now having their moment of glory before the leaves drop.

Also running through the front border is what I think is Geranium procurrens, but it was bought as G. Ann Folkard. I forgive it it’s invasive quality at this time of year when it looks so pretty, but half of it gets pulled out each year as it spreads so far.

Across the other side of the driveway is a white seedling Aster, shining out from the shade of a nearby bush.

Having my usual wander round the garden I suddenly noticed the sun shing through one of the plumes on my pampas grass, Cortaderia selloania, looking stunning against the dark background.

Stipa gigantea is still looking good in the sunshine. This view looks across the circular lawn, through to the archway in the back garden.

My pot by the front door is still looking good, but for how much longer I wonder. It is fairly sheltered here so maybe it will continue for a while yet.

With sunny days and cold nights, the autumn tints are beginning to show their change of colour. This is Acer Osakasuki which will be fantastic in another week, just in time for another post.

This is my offering for this months Bloom Day, thanks go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this each month, do pay her a visit to see flowers from far and wide.

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18 Responses to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, October 2020

  1. Lisa says:

    You have so many beautiful tiny things! The yucca bud is gets to open for you. Pretty mahonia, I looked it up and apparently is quite rare in the US.

    • Pauline says:

      Hi Lisa, nice to hear from you! Hopefully the Yucca flower will develop nicely, It has me worried each year when it flowers so late. I think Mahonia Cabaret is new here too, so far I am very pleased with it, I just hope it stays as small as they say!

  2. Arun Goyal says:

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  3. Paddy Tobin says:

    All looking beautiful in your garden at the moment. Yucca has decided to flower here also, so very late in the year.

  4. Denise says:

    The variegated Yucca is lovely Pauline and the little Mahonia. I reall must try and buy the latter. Also a lovely combination with the Michaelmas Daisy and the red-leaved shrub (which is what?) behind.

    • Pauline says:

      I think The little Mahonia is quite a new plant Denise, it was pure chance that I found it when looking for small plants for the rockery. Sorry, forgot to mention that the red leaved shrub is Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt, will go now and add it to the post, many thanks for mentioning it!

  5. Very pretty!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Cathy says:

    Always lovely to discover new things blooming at any time of year, Pauline. What are the conditions like in the part of the woodland where the liriope is growing?

    • Pauline says:

      I missed a few flowers Cathy, they will have to wait until next time, but always welcome. The Liriope is in shade through the summer but gets winter sunshine when the leaves are down, I would think it is quite dry in the summer with all the tree roots but in the winter it is rather wet in that part, it is where I grow my snakeshead fritillaries and even floods there in the winter!

  7. Anna says:

    Oh your new mahonia looks like a stunner Pauline. Off to find out more about it forthwith. I like your front door pot too – what is the plant with the orange flower?

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Anna, I was so pleased to find the Mahonia when looking for small shrubs for my rockery, I just hope it stays the size it is supposed to! The orange flower in the pot by my front door is a begonia, I bought a few plug plants and am hoping they will have formed tubers so I can keep it for next year.

  8. snowbird says:

    Your autumn flowers are just lovely, such a bonus at this time of the year.I do hope that lovely yucca bud comes to fruition. The pampas grass does shine out against that dark background. Just lovely.xxx

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Dina, I missed a few flowers when out photographing these so they will have to wait until next time, but every one is appreciated at this time of year. The Yucca bud doesn’t seem to be growing as yet, I keep hoping!x

  9. Yvonne Means says:

    Beautiful looking gardens!

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