Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October blooms

Bloom Day (started by Carol at May Dreams Gardens) is an invitation for garden bloggers to show what is blooming in their gardens on the 15th of each month. The fall color seems to be sadly lacking this year but maybe it is still just too early. We are still dry, dry, dry. I didn't get a chance to photograph all the blooms in my garden but here is what I have for this month...

The roses have a final fling in the fall. The first one is the colorful David Austin rose "Pat Austin"


"Gartendirektor Otto Linne" is a wonderful shrub rose



This little miniature came from our first garden, almost fifteen years ago. It is called "Rise-N-Shine"



This is a hybrid musk rose called "Prosperity"



You can always depend on coleus for a strong splash of color



The sasanqua camellias are just beginning to bloom. This one is "Hana Jiman"



I love Mexican Bush Sage



And what would fall be without chrysanthemums?


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27 comments:

Defining Your Home said...

Phillip-- the roses are so beautiful! I wish I didn't have a deer problem. I must ask you about the photo across the top of your blog. Is that your home garden? The best I can do is describe it as enchanting! Cameron

Skeeter said...

I really do like all your pictures and blooms but the coleus and birdhouse really stand out to me!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Those roses are glorious. I like the yellow ones best.

Phillip said...

Cameron, that photo is my garden. It was taken a few years ago so it looks a little different now.

Annie in Austin said...

Yellow roses have always been 'our flower' so they get to me emotionally, Phillip - but Pat Austin and all of your roses are just as beautiful.

Your sasanqua is already blooming? I think mine started around Thanksgiving in other years, but this year - who knows!

We had a little rain today - sure hope some will come your way soon.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Carolyn gail said...

What I wouldn't do for a rose garden like yours.

Your October blooms are just wonderful. I'm a big fan of coleus , too as it endures from early summer until late Fall with its gorgeous color.

Gail said...

Fantastic roses Phillip! I love them all. Is your Salvia Leucantha hardy in your garden? I am hoping to keep mine but not sure if I can give it enough protection all winter! Any suggestions Gail

chuck b. said...

Love the roses. I'm adding some more to my garden this fall.

Naturegirl said...

Philip your roses are wonderful! I was late in posting my blooms for Oct. bloom day but ~my roses~ here in southern Ontario Canada continue to bloom also! They seem so hardy this year!Nice to meet your beautiful roses!

Jamie and Randy said...

Phillip,
Your roses are beautiful! That first one is awsome! Great pictures!

Dave said...

The roses look great Phillip! we only have one in our yard but the fragrance when it's blooming is strong. The sage is a cool plant too!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Great photo of Pat Austin, she's one of my favorites. I tried growing the Mexican brush sage a few years back. I guess we just don't have a long enough season. It frosted before it had a chance to bloom. The bird house sure is cute in that pot.
Marnie

Frances said...

Hi Phillip, your garden remains at the top of the list of gardens I would like to see in person. Just the roses and how they love it there are quite a draw. It seems so English cottage, would you describe it in that way? You have achieved my dream.

Frances
http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/

Jeff said...

We're dry here, too, Phillip, and I second your vote on Salvia leucantha - what a great plant! Everything looks great, as usual.

Sarah Laurence said...

Phillip, I'm trying to decide if your roses or the photos themselves are the most beautiful. I love the birdhouse photo too. It must be so nice having a long blooming season in the south.I wish I could send today's rain your way - we have mud in Maine. It's fun to peak back in your garden for GBBD.

Wicked Gardener said...

bronte76Those roses are really pretty. I don't think they like me. I get a bloom here and there, but nothing like you have. Regarding the gingers: mine didn't bloom the first year, bloomed a bit last year, and are going gang-busters this year. Give it another season.

Bonnie said...

Gorgeous. Your roses are always so beautiful and unusual colors. Do you love growing David Austin roses- do they do much better than others? My dad is a fan of their too but I have never had one.

Cosmo said...

The roses are incredible, Phillip--and how tall is that birdhouse (in other words, how tall are those coleus?) I think I like fall almost as much as spring.

Layanee said...

Your roses are divine and, I have to agree with Skeeter, love the birdhouse and coleus picture.

tina said...

Love those roses, especially the orange ones.

Aiyana said...

You have an incredible collection of flowers. The roses are stunning, especially the 'Pat Austin'.
Aiyana

Phillip said...

Bonnie, I don't have too many of the Austin roses. I think there are more that do not do as well here in the South as those that do. I only try to grow the ones that have been tried and true in the south.

Cosmo, the birdhouse is only about 2 feet high. It is just stuck inside the flower pot.

Les, Zone 8a said...

Pat is the only Austin I have, and that is because it was free. I think they definately do not live up to their reputation at least in the South. This is a shame because when they are in bloom I love the fragrance and their old rose look.

Wayne said...

I love all the small roses!

Carol said...

Beautiful roses. It has taken me awhile to get here to see them, but I'm glad I did.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Kerri said...

Very beautiful roses, Phillip, and wonderful photos. 'Pat Austin' is a glorious color! That final fling is so welcome just before the cold sets in.
The birdhouse and coleus picture has won all our hearts :) It's a beauty.
Coleus looks good next to just about anything, doesn't it?
You certainly have a wonderful garden and great October blooms.
I'm glad you've had some good rain. That should make your garden very happy.

cindydyer said...

Hi Phillip!

Love the first shot of the David Austin rose. Beautiful!

Hey, I'll be in Huntsville in mid-December, visiting my friend who moved from Virginia to there a year and a half ago...how far are you away from there?