Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - October 2014

The weather is beautiful in Central Texas right now - highs in the mid 80s, lows in the upper 50s, and the garden is loving it.  I'm joining Carol of May Dreams Garden in showcasing my October blooms.

Pam's Pink Turk's Cap blooms happily in the shade tree garden.  I haven't yet seen any hummers around these, but from what I've read, the Turk's cap is one of the hummers favorites, so a hummer siting is inevitable one of these days.

The Shrimp Plant is also happy blooming in the shade tree garden.  These plants are so theatrical with their floral display - I love this very unique bloom!

The fall asters are thriving in this "cool" Texas weather.

Gregg's Blue Mistflower has made a resurgence after the Texas summer heat.  It will soon provide plenty of nectar for all the butterflies that will be hatching in the coming weeks.

Tropical milkweed shows off with its hot red and orange colors.  I'm still hoping I'll get another round of Monarch caterpillars this season that I can help raise to adulthood before they have to make their long journey to Mexico.

Currently my only dahlia variety in the garden (I desperately need to plant more next spring), this beauty add a late "summer" bloom to the garden.

It just wouldn't be fall without a few mums to brighten up the courtyard.

While I'm not a huge fan of annuals, I couldn't help myself from planting a few pansies for some color in the cold weather garden.  Every time I see pansies, I think of Alice in Wonderland.

And to round out my October blooms, I have my first decent blooming of the guara.  The deer have been nibbling down my plants all summer long, so this is the first time I've really been able to appreciate the flowers.

Make sure to stop by Carol's blog to see other October garden blooms from around the world.


  1. So much to appreciate - I'm guessing you are spending a lot of time outside both working and, I hope, enjoying the fruits/blooms of all your labors. That gaura is absolutely stunning. Worth the wait!

  2. So I bought a bunch of zinnia seeds in the spring and then didn't plant a single one. oh well. next spring...

  3. I loved your Shrimp Plant, they are sold as house plants over here, supposedly not tolerating below 10 degrees C, but perhaps they are a different variety than yours? Do you know the full name of yours? How cold winters can you get and how long have you had yours? I would be interested to try one in my garden, we usually have a short period of frost in February, but only a few degrees below freezing, some winter no frost at all – but a plant requiring above 10 degrees C would not survive outdoors over here.
    And I agree about the pansies, not my favourite flower either but they are lovely mid-winters when little else is flowering.

  4. All so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Like you, I don't often grow annuals but violas are a weakness. How can anyone resist a winter blooming flower?