Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2011

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For Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2011 I took a few snapshots of the flowers that are making the most impact in the border. However there are lots more that are just nearing the very end of their season. October might be the end of the growing season here for most of my autumn flowering plants but there are still a few that stand out in the dull borders.
Verbena bonariensis flower with Red Admiral butterfly Vanessa atalanta
Verbena bonariensis – Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2011


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.
aster flowers in autumn - Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2011
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2011
Asters are my perfect pollinators at this time of year and brighten up the dull borders. My all time favourite is this purple Aster  which is mildew resistant along with two from the Aster novi-belgii  Island Series  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.
this is an image of yellow Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' daisies
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’
I have 3 medium sized clumps of yellow coneflowers. Moreover 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. However these plants are renowned for taking a long time to establish in the garden. Just like Japanese anemones they need plenty of space away from competing roots for their first few years.
this is an image of blue Caryopteris 'Heavenly Blue' flowers
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.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2011

Cotoneaster horizontalis red berries
Well it would be hard to compete with a 10ft long Cotoneaster horizontalis dripping with red berries. While alongside there’s an   Euonymus alatusCompacta 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
Pink and Purple Petunias (annual)
White Marguerites (annual)
Clematis viticella ‘Etoile Rose’
Autumn crocus
Colchicum ‘Water Lily
Oestospermum (annual and perennial varieties)
Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Red Ace’
Potentilla fruticosa – yellow (lost label)

Purple Prunella vulgaris