Ten Blooms for October

Flowers are getting harder to find in the garden as it is winding down, ready for a rest, but there are flowers still opening at this time of year. Some plants actually choose to start flowering at this time of year and they are more than welcome.

Starting with Mahonia Charity, this is the time of year when it is at its best.

The flowers have just started to open and will keep going for quite some time. My bush has grown quite tall, I think I’ll need to get the loppers out when it has finished flowering.

Another plant that starts flowering just as everything is shutting down is the winter Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum. This will soon have lots more flowers for me to enjoy.

My cane Begonia by the front door has been wonderful all summer, but I think I’ll have to bring it in soon before frost strikes, I’ll keep it going over the winter in the conservatory.

Geranium Ann Folkard is the only plant now flowering in the border by the drive. It has woven its way through the whole of the border even though I pull most of it out each spring. At this time of year I’m really glad to still have it.

In the border by the field at the side, Viburnum bodnantense Dawn has started flowering and will carry on and off all winter as long as the temperatures stay above freezing.

Another viburnum , this time V. plicatum Maresii, by the dead oak, is having a second flowering at the same time as its leaves are changing colour.

Cyclamen hederifolium are still making the woodland a place I must visit each day. The ones that have jumped through the hedge to the road outside are doing very well, there are now 4 white ones and one pink one, I always slow down to check on them as I’m driving past, just as well that I live in a quiet village!

Liriope muscari in the woodland get better and better as the days go by. I must try some in other shady areas of the garden.

More flowers that will have to come in soon, This Fuchsia has been wonderful all summer long and I have taken cuttings so that I can have more next summer. The Bizzie Lizzies have been really good too.

I can’t praise Fuchsia Delta Sarah enough, she has been wonderful all summer long and now is absolutely fantastic. She has grown so much and has been covered in flowers, in fact all the fuchsias have done really well this year.

These are my ten blooms for October, roses and geraniums are still flowering, along with quite a few other plants, so any bees and butterflies that are still flying around the garden will find pollen and nectar for quite a while yet.

Do pay Chloris at The Blooming Garden a visit to see other blooms that are braving the cooler weather at the moment.



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14 Responses to Ten Blooms for October

  1. snowbird says:

    Just love the Mahonia! You have some delightful blooms! Wish I did!xxx

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Dina, I like it too! It’s wonderful that some plants choose to flower at this time of year, I’m not ready to put the garden to bed yet.

  2. Denise says:

    It’s surprising really just how many flowers one can find so late in the year. Here, it really is time to put the garden to bed!

    • Pauline says:

      Gardening never really stops here Denise, I think if I need a rest I’d have to move to Scotland! No sooner do I try to have things tidied than the snowdrops start popping up everywhere once more! At the moment I’m waiting for my autumn tints to develop, they have just about started, so maybe another week will see them develop properly.

  3. Chloris says:

    My mahonia is not out yet. It is lovely to have blooms that choose to appear so late. I love your Fuchsia ‘Delta Sarah’, is it hardy? Thank you for joining in Pauline, I always enjoy seeing what you have in bloom.

    • Pauline says:

      Delta Sarah is hardy Chloris and she is a big girl so give her plenty of space. All the hardy fuchsias have been wonderful this year, maybe they have enjoyed all the rain!

  4. Jason says:

    I really like your Viburnums – I had no idea that there were species that bloomed in autumn.

    • Pauline says:

      Jason, Viburnum bodnantense Dawn is supposed to flower on and off all winter, but Viburnum plicatum Maresii flowers in the spring and then sometimes has a few flowers at this time of year, but spring is its main flowering season.

  5. Anna says:

    I like the thought of your jumping cyclamens Pauline. What beautiful foliage on the viburnum plicatum Maresii.

    • Pauline says:

      The cyclamen in the road do look nice Anna, I’m wondering whether to leave them there or bring them back into the woodland because in years past they must have been strimmered away when the bank they are on has been cut. Some of the corms are so large, they must have been there for some time, but this is the first year that they have been seen, it would be such a shame if they were strimmered again.

  6. debsgarden says:

    I love your viburnum – and your mahonias! They take on an entirely different attitude when they are in bloom. Happy autumn.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Deb, they do brighten up the garden at this time of year. I love this time of year with all the changing leaf colour, the only down side is that I’ve have to start raking all the leaves as they fall!

  7. Cathy says:

    It’s always good to see what is growing in other people’s gardens, Pauline, especially out of the nain sumner season

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