Friday, October 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2010

Carol of May Dreams Gardens invites gardeners around the world to share what is blooming in their gardens on the 15th of each month. I'm a day late this month, due to a nasty bug that I'm still here are the shots, sans commentary. Hope everything is lovely in your garden!

Pigeon Berry
Mexican tarragon, one of the predictable yellows of Autumn.

Due to the beautiful rains we've been having the rose, Cecile Bruenner is having a lovely flush along with the Canna's which are towering over my head.

Delicate chocolate flower blooming in the shade.
Turks cap

Shrimp plant

Canna lily
Mexican sage, cuphea, rosemary and Texas sage are buzzing with bees.
Thyrallis and Texas sage
New gold lantana and pony's foot
The blues...plumbago and rosemary

The umbrella shaped blossom of eggplant.
13 fruits by today's count. Eggplant
One of 4 tomatoes still in production this fall.
Fuyu persimmon, 17 on the tree now and there were only 2 perfect pomegranates. This is the first year of production. I put them in last spring and snipped the fruit off so the roots could get established. We've also been eating figs daily off the two tiny trees that died to the ground this past winter.
Geranium, companion plant to roses, she came back to bloom with them.

Peggy Martin in profile.
Knock out
Pouty Belinda's Dream
Echenacea, purple cone flower.
Thanks for dropping's the list of bloomer's not shown:
Autumn Sage
Butterfly Weed
Butterfly plant
Passion flower vine
Purple trailing Lantana
Black and Blue Sage
Blue Mealy Sage
Majestic Sage
Mexican Petunia
Fernleaf Verbena
Goldeneye Skeleton
Crape Myrtle
Chaste Tree
Cross Vine
Society Garlic
Fall Obedient Plant
Fall Aster
Tick weed
Old Blush Rose
Coral Vine
Tropical Sage
Rock Rose
Desert Willow Vine
Cherry Barbados
Yaupon Holly (berries)
Martha Gonzales
Philippine Violet (white)
Gregg's Mistflower
Patrick's Abutilon
Happy Gardening!


The Violet Fern said...

I think I may have to move south ... you have so many blooms! And figs? C'mon! I need more sages - just love those. Always admire people who can grow those big, fat cannas. Also love anything chocolate.

Houston Garden Girl said...

Your flowers are great, we have a lot of plants in common. I really noticed your garden art. What is the blue statue in the first picture?

ConsciousGardener said...

Come on down Fern! Winter gardening rocks...and no mosquitos!

GG-that is a ceramic sculpture I created in ''s Vincent VanGogh.

Carol said...

CG, Your garden is so full of lovely blooms and fruit!! Figs, Persimmons!! Delicious. I love the eggplant and that fun sculpture. You did a good deal even though under the weather. Hope you are all well very soon. ;>)

cat said...

beautiful as ever!!!!! i love your garden so much...:)


Urban Gardens said...

I was just in the Brooklyn garden of my son's landlord where we picked some persimmons and I lusted after the eggplant, which was not an offering. So I loved seeing yours.

Lancashire rose said...

So sorry to hear about your bug. You are the third gardener to be down with a bug. Oh! those lovely eggplant and persimmons and I see you will have tomatoes again soon. And so many flowers in bloom. That rain followed by glorious sunny days really worked a treat. Now I know why we like it here.

Caroline said...

Wow! Just -- wow. Everything looks great. So many eggplants! What's your favorite way to cook it?

ConsciousGardener said...

Caroline-I like to slice it thin, and stir fry with red onion, garlic, white wine in olive oil and butter. Then I add it to stuff...maranara sauce, baba ganoush, layer it into a lasagna! Yum, now I'm hungry!

scottweberpdx said...

Great have a ton of stuff blooming! I'm particularly smitten by that pink rose, 'Peggy Smith', I think you charming!

katina said...

Re: Garlic and rubbing alcohol.

I soak the cloves in alcohol because the instructions that come with the garlic I order told me I should do that. I think it's supposed to kill bacteria that the cloves might have on them...and it seems as if it would only be a problem if you planted garlic in the same location every year.

Mamaholt said...

Like youuuuuuuuu.
Dude, you gotta will that blue face to me.

LindaCTG said...

Lovely bloom day! So much going on. And after looking at your food crops, now I'm hungry too.

Jeffrey said...

Awesome garden. How difficult was it planting a persimmon tree and where did you purchase the tree? Did you just get it at a local nursery? I'm contemplating planting one. I live in North Texas. I'm worried about our soil in our backyard since it's not the greatest. Great job!

Jeff | Protecting Plants From Frost

ConsciousGardener said...

@Jeffrey: I bought at Fuyu Persimmon at The Natural Gardener, bare root. They are very easy to grow and perfect for or 8b zone, I imagine that they'd be fine farther north since they need quite a few cold/frost days to ripen! Good luck!
Oh, and go ahead and amend the soil now...let it sit, then you don't add anything when you plant, just re-fill the hole...and remember to plant it high!