Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – October 2011

I really thought that September would be the last of this year’s offering for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day  but the weather has been so warm lately, the flowers are getting their seasons mixed up.    My earlier post A Guernsey Garden in October where azaleas are flowering and lemons are growing is a prime example.

Every GBBD I seem to show my Passion Flower.  I can’t get over it this year, it grows in the smallest of pots, I forget to water it yet it continues to grow rampantly and flowering non-stop.

As you can see from the top pictures and the one below, the Passion Flower is winding its way through the fuchsias which keep flowering regardless.  I expect they may be around for a good several weeks, if not months to come.

I wanted to capture the intense violet/blue of the Salvia Mystic Spires but not too sure if I have managed it.   This plant is still in its pot because I have not decided yet where to place it in the garden.   I may just nurture it until the Spring when the flower beds are empty and then give it a new home.

 Surprise of all surprises, was that tucked away under a shrub was a primrose in flower!  I had pushed it under there in the Spring and forgot all about it.   The leaves look a little droopy and that is due to lack of water,  I rectified that, but not until after I took the photo.

My final contribution to October’s GBBD is the swan song for my Compassion Rose.  These are the very last blooms, however, with the confusion going around with the plants and shrubs, you never know, it may just flower again.  Isn’t nature wonderful!!

If you hop across to May Dreams Gardens  who hosts this monthly meme, you will see some of the lovely gardens in the US which are still in bloom as though it is the middle of Summer.

14 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – October 2011

  1. Saliva Mystic Spires! It sounds . . . er . . . delightful!

    Your primrose – it makes me realise the one I had in my garden which seemed perpetually to be in flower, regardless of season, must have died because I haven’t been astonished by it recently. I’ll have to go and look.

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    1. Oh Esther! Thank you for pointing that out. Goes to show despite spell check and proof reading several times, the odd word can slip through. Now corrected 🙂

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  2. We have a flowering primrose too. Love your Compassion rose, so pretty. Sara

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  3. Dear Ronnie, I was given ‘Compassion’ this year; it had just one bloom. I am thrilled now I see yours and hope mine turns out so beautifully. I enjoyed visiting your garden. P. x

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  4. Your roses are gorgeous! And I have never thought to put passion vine in a pot! Love it!

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  5. If you have passionflower, you should have longwing butterflies if they live in your area. When I was a child, we called them ‘Maypops.”

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    1. Sadly there are very few butterflies around in this area, not sure why though. I will keep an eye out.

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  6. I too have confused foxglove like Janet. Many plants this year are out of kilter. I enjoyed your selection this month though. The rose is very pretty. Happy GBBD.

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    1. It is a very fragrant rose too. They look like a bunch of roses but are all on the one stem.

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  7. Hi Ronnie,

    You’ll be surprised what’s still around in November too; I usually at least have something to show in November. However come December I really am scraping the bottom of the barrel! Basically I rely on violas and cyclamen in pots by December. If we’re lucky then in January we’ll have the first signs of spring and maybe even have Snowdrops like this year; but I don’t think it’ll happen two years in a row 🙂

    Lovely photos, your roses are very pretty! 😀

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  8. Happy GBBD. I have one of those U.S. gardens on the cusp of fall – fortunately the first frost hasn’t struck yet but – any day now, any day…..my primroses won’t bloom until spring.

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  9. Hi Janet, I have just realised that I didn’t add the rose photo to the post, and have now rectified it. You must have wondered where it was!

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  10. Happy GBBD – I’ve got some slightly droopy primroses too, but mine aren’t in flower. Unlike the foxgloves, which are clearly very confused…

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