Saturday, October 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day Oct 2016

Is nature about to play a trick on us?  Or, is a treat coming our way?

It has been a horrible month for many in the Eastern United States.  A hurricane.  Epic flooding.

Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away from those storms, in the Northeast United States, we are into what, in the old days, used to be called "Indian summer".

Fortunately, my zone 5b neighborhood near Johnson City, New York has dodged the frosts that most in this area have already experienced.  And now, after a start of 35 degrees F (1.6 C), we are supposed to have a gorgeous day.

So, for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, the 15th of the month celebration hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens,  I have one last showing of outdoor bloomers.
African impatiens (with an ant).
A cosmos opening.
A white geranium.
A pink geranium, almost glowing.

My Mother's Day gift is still going strong.
A basket of some purple (not blue, as my iPhone decided to render them) flower I can't remember the name of was attacked by squirrels, but enough of it still blooms on.  These flowers did very well in part shade and I would love to know what they are.
Then there are the flowers of all.  Here, a Japanese anemone.
My cultivated purple asters are almost finished, but these white asters, which I was given as a gift by an Ithaca "local plants" nursery, are blooming quite nicely.
My hardy mum never came back this year, so I bought these last week.

And then, there are the surprises.
My hostas are not late blooming, but for some reason, this one hosta has decided to bloom again.
And this Easter lily, which never bloomed when it was supposed to this year, has decided to try to beat the frost. The flowers are close to opening, so I decided it was a valid Garden Bloggers Bloom Day entry.  But will frost get to the buds first?

Now that you've enjoyed my flowers, please go to May Dreams Gardens and click the links to view gardens from all over the world.

Day 15 of the #Ultimate Blog Challenge.

17 comments:

  1. I just saw your purple-blue flower on another blog and she called it 'convolvulus'. Nice pics.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. Iused to grow convolvulus when I lived in Arkansas. I'll have to look at the leaves. (Note, the color in the photo was off - the iPhone does that sometimes.)

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  2. Your geraniums/pelargoniums are beautiful. I'm hoping mine look better this winter after a difficult hot summer.

    Easter Lilies never bloom at Easter in the garden, but that one pushed the envelope, didn't it?

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    1. I hope the lily flowers open before frost! As of today, they still haven't opened.

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  3. beautiful pictures :) love the post

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  4. What lovely flowers you have, Alana, and you do a wonderful job photographing them. Makes me wish I was a gardener! We do have some annuals that are still blooming, some lilies and hosta and my Autumn Joy is gorgeous.

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  5. What beautiful flowers! I am surprised they have lasted so long. We got the hurricane winds here in the upstate of SC. Lost a patio table, but that is all so we are counting ourselves very lucky!

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  6. I really enjoyed your display of autumnal flowers. Just beautiful. Grand Island is considered to be zone 5a. I don't know what a and b mean but our growing season must be close to the same. I worked in a garden yesterday and did a lot of cleaning up. I've enjoyed my work this year and feel that I'm in a happy zone when I'm working outside. It's time to plant bulbs!!!

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  7. Wow! Those colors are just brilliant. If these blooms are your garden's farewell to summer, it is going out in style!

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  8. I hope your lily beats the frost! Lovely flowers despite the low temperatures.

    It has been a tough autumn in the news. Perhaps we'll all feel better in November--we can hope, right?

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  9. Have you ever used old sheets or blankets or towels to cover up the flowers when an overnight frost is predicted? This was an old trick to get a few more weeks of vine ripened tomatoes. I thought it might work for some flowers too.

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  10. I think that blue flower is browallia. There is some kind of tag in the pot--maybe that tag will tell you?

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  11. Love your blooms, and I haven't heard "Indian Summer" in ages. Love that.

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  12. Those flowers are gorgeous. You're right. The weather has been weird here in Georgia too.

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  13. Beautiful pictures, lovely flowers. How fun to have an Indian Summer in the middle of October Here in Michigan, it's raining and chilly. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Wow you found another Photo Challenge! Your pictures are gorgeous.

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  15. Beautiful photos! And yes, it's amazing that so close by there can be terrible conditions and then an Indian summer!

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