October might be the end of the growing season here for most of my flowering garden plants but there are still a few that stand out in the dull borders. There might have been more in bloom but one large border had a make over in late August and even some of the larger shrubs were moved to new locations. For Octobers Garden Bloggers Bloom Day I quickly went and took a few snapshots of those flowers that are making the most impact in the border rather than those that are just nearing the very end of their season.
The 6 ft stems are still standing tall though the plants haven't attracted as many butterflies as last year.
I stood on a stool to get up to the same level as this Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly.
Asters are my perfect pollinators at this time of year and brighten up the dull borders.
My all time favourite is Aster × frikartii 'Mönch' (top photo) which is mildew resistant along with two from the Aster novi-belgii 'Island Series' (middle and lower photos) which are resistant to mildew too as well as being dwarf. I've many more but they are young plants and a few are yet to bloom.
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'
I have 3 medium sized clumps of these plants and I think that this is the best year so far for these yellow daisies.
It has taken the plants about 4 years to settle in the garden.
Caryopteris 'Heavenly Blue'
This plant seems to gets lost in the garden at this time of year.
I don't think it can compete with the autumn foliage explosion going on in the other border.
Well it would be hard to compete with this...........
A 10ft long Cotoneaster horizontalis dripping with red berries and Euonymus alatus 'Compacta' literally on fire!
A note for my records of what else is in flower on 15th October 2011:
Rosa 'New Dawn'
Rosa 'Flowering Carpet Red' Standard
Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue'
Pink and Purple Petunias (annual)
White Marguerites (annual)
Clematis viticella 'Etoile Rose'
Colchicum 'Water Lily'
Colchicum 'Water Lily'
Oestospermum (annual and perennial varieties)
Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila'
Potentilla fruticosa 'Red Ace'
Potentilla fruticosa - yellow (lost label)
Purple Prunella vulgaris
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"Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse." Romans 1:20
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