Thursday, October 15, 2009

GBBD- October Color in Nyack, NY

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day almost got away from me. But I was able to compile a few shots - some are more flower-like than others.

These two plants have the honor of being in the lead photos today because both annuals were planted way back in May and are still blooming.
Eupatorium caelestinum

Sorry. I don't know how this got here. It just snuck in. (I didn't notice when I took this photo that there's a huge bug on the ring finger of this alien's hand)
Trichosanthes cucumerina

The hydrangea flowers look even better when they get old.

Hydrangea macrophylla

Chinese lantern. I'm trying to dry a few of these inside.

Physalis alkekengi

Honeysuckle berries - do not eat under any circumstance! (Poisonous, but pretty.)
Lonicera japonica

"Blue Chip" Butterfly Bush - the miniature variety.

Buddleja davidii

This little candy stripe zinnia were planted in late July. (Don't worry hon, you're not too late to the party!)

Zinnia elegans

Rudbeckia a.k.a BlackEyed Susan.

Rudbeckia serotina

This little tea rose is another loyal everbloomer.


These are the mums you buy for 4.99 at the grocery store.

Chrysanthemum "Padre Orange"

Dahlia, nodding.

I love the underside pattern on these petunias.
I don't know the name of this variety, but I believe it is a newish one. The blossoms are only about 1.5" across, and lighten in color as they age.

Some ornamental peppers (on sale!)
Capsicum annuum

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. It happens on the 15th of every month, but don't just go there on the 15th - her blog is always full of beautiful photos and great writing. It's an absolute must for all gardeners.


Gail said...

Well it all looks good to me. I think I like the striped zinnia very much and the nodding dahlia is lovely. gail

azplantlady said...

You have so many blooming plants and they are all beautiful. I especially like the Violas, which reminds me that I need to plant some this weekend.

Talon said...

Gorgeous photos, JGH. It's really neat when you get real close to a bloom and see the intricate and fascinating designs. The viola is lovely!

I'm sooo jealous of all the blooms you have. It's been an incredibly wet and cold autumn so far (snow showers forecast for tonight) so our beds are looking absymal. Thank you for brightening my day!

Joanne said...

It still looks like summer there! Are you getting the snow showers today that we're getting? Yikes.

I absolutely love the hydrangea, one of my favorites. There's something about its changing hue, which is so soft, that is just perfect.

tina said...

I saw the huge bug, made me smile. So glad you still have lots of color in NY. Looks great.

tut-tut said...

Good eye, JGH!

Pam J. said...

Gorgeous! And as usual, you and I have planted many of the same flowers. Here's a question about those Chrysanthemums. Did you buy them this year? If you leave them in the ground all winter will they come back next spring/summer? So many people in this area buy Chrysanthemums at this time of year and then throw them away at the end of the fall. I always want to rescue them and plant them in my yard to see if they come back. They might survive a winter in my area but not in yours.... any thoughts?

JGH said...

Gail, thanks. I wish I had planted more zinnia - only got about 3.

AZ-man, you are so lucky to plant violas in October !!

Talon & Joanne, it's getting cold here too. We actually got a little snow, but it melted on arrival.

Tina, I may have to zoom in on that bug and see what it is. I don't recall seeing anything like it here before.

Thanks, Tut!

Pam, yes, those are this year's mums. I'm never very organized about saving the tags when I buy mums (to see if they're hardy), but I usually take a chance and put them in the ground at the end of the season - with limited success. Sometimes they do come back, but usually not nearly as bushy as when they were put in. One thing I've heard is to pinch them back and not let them form buds until the end of the summer --then they'll be bushier.

Bangchik said...

For capsicum to enjoy exposure here is quite something, what they lack in beautiful colours they definitely pay back in bright coloured fruits...

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures!! I love the Chinese Lanterns!! : )

~ Wendy

Louise @ Buddy Garden said...

I can't believe how nice your blooms are at this time of the year. It almost looks like you live in the warmer climate but I actually just live across the river from you!

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