Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – October 2013
Move along, there’s nothing to see.
Ok, so slight exaggeration. However things have very suddenly changed seemingly overnight. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t been out into the garden this week or because it’s been somewhat cooler, but also very windy and now perpetually drizzling; that awful drizzle which seems light but somehow magically drenches you within 2 second of walking outside.
I think I saw the last butterfly of the year on either Wednesday or Thursday before the weather turned. A Small Tortoiseshell flitting around. Oh, and I saw a ladybird… Indoors. A Harlequin! The first this year and no doubt looking for somewhere to hibernate indoors as they are known for; often around windows.
First up is the Honesty, although technically not blooms, their pretty empty seed cases are just as interesting. The recent near constant rains seem to have caused the pods to open and many are now empty.
Campanula is always very welcome at this time of year; it seems to always have two flushes and will usually last until December or hard frosts/snow. We’ll see how long it manages this year as I hear on the grapevine they’re expecting blizzards in November! I’ve never known snow in November. Perhaps right at the very end, but never before my birthday. So we’ll see what happens for next month’s Bloom Day.
Also the purple Asters are finally opening in time for temperatures to halve.
There are roses still around, however I brought most of the blooms indoors due to rain. At least this way I can enjoy them.
Everything was thoroughly drenched, and I ran out when we finally got our first sight of sun for a couple of days.
Of course the drenching also meant plenty of pretty Bokeh shots. Rudbekia has all but finished blooming. Many have suddenly turned brown and somewhat unsightly, however I have a couple of different Rudbekias, and one which is very similar to Goldsturm (Fulgida Deamii)but smaller is still blooming well.
The Cosmos were somewhat battered by the rain if the scraggy petals are any indication. Hopefully new blooms will soon replace them.
Sedum is past its best, but still providing some pretty colour and food for various insects.
That’s it I’m afraid.
Actually, no that’s not it. There’s still plenty of foliage to enjoy, however this year I don’t think we’ll be seeing pretty autumnal colours. The show has been somewhat lacking thus far. The leaves on Russian dwarf Almond have suddenly turned, and Roseraie de L’hay is definitely turning. I think by the end of the month most plants will have turned and perhaps even lost their leaves.