October 14, 2010

Autumnal flowers galore - GBBD October 2010

Next to the sea in the autumn,
your laughter must raise
its foamy cascade,
and in the spring, love,
I want your laughter like
the flower I was waiting for,
the blue flower, the rose
of my echoing country.
by Pablo Neruda

Recommended further reading The Flower Recipe Book

In my garden, which is in 6b zone, weather is not really nice to us and plants as well. Temperature has dropped already below 0C/30F at night, and today rainy days starts. Clearly, not nice side of autumn comes...
I decided to make changes in the garden to reduce the number of work, because I have much less time for garden and I still want my garden to look beautiful. Firstly, perennials come to consideration - the less perennials, the less work. It's not easy to get rid of them, but it's really necessary - I have too many kinds of plants. Let's face it and let's do something about it.
I write about it in this particular place, because I think that... asters will not go. Asters will be saved by great goddes of my garden! In the autumnal garden, they add so much color and joy here. How can I send them away?

On the other hand, Calluna vulgaris 'Elsie Purnell' is a new addition here. I need heather's beautifil, harmonious shapes troughout the summer and low maintenance profile. This variety is especially nice, because of its grayish foliage and size - it grows up to 2.5 feets width, so after it's pruned properly after few years it will be really, really nice. I bought 5 of them to make large spot - grayish in the summer and pink in the autumn.

Colchicum autumnale - naked ladies.

Calluna vulgaris of unknown variety.

Erica vagans Diane Hornibrook - the only Erica I know, that likes neutral and alkaline soil. It flowers in summer - this one flower poped out unexpectedly to my biggest surprise!


Hydrangea paniculata Tardiva - moved last year to a new location, gave only 1 flower this year, but what a size of a flower! I think she likes new location, despite of all stress...

Rose Chopin.

Rose Louise Odier - very fragrant.

Rose Mary Rose - very fragrant.

Mary Rose decided to grow some new leaves as well, which do pretty well even after freezing nights.

Sedum Autumn Joy - grows in too much shady place, but it's doing quite well.

Coreopsis lonely flower...

I just have discovered that this is the ONLY OctoberBloom Day post I have ever made! I have October gap in my blooming posts.There is September09, September08 and there is November09 and November08, but no October! hmm...

Thank you Carol for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Recommended further reading The Flower Recipe Book


Lisas torp said...

Lovely autumnpictures! Så beatutiful light!

Ginny said...


Anonymous said...

Beautiful blooms. Love the blue in the first image, so vibrant.

Wendy said...

your roses are gorgeous! I also love that heather. I need to make room for it somewhere - especially if it's blooming now!

LINDA from Each Little World said...

Your garden looks lovely as always.

Noel Morata said...


what a very nice tour of your garden this morning, i enjoyed the beautiful flowers especially the first photo of your asters, love the blue.

thanks for sharing that with us

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Such lovely blooms. And, it's cool to see that we're growing many of the same flowers even though we garden so very far apart from one another. Found you through Carol's post and am glad I did. Happy Bloom Day.

Gail said...

Hi Eva, I am thinking some of the same thoughts~More evergreen shrubs to give the garden fullness and cut down on maintenance~I am thrilled you are keeping the asters~They are gorgeous. C&L would be bare with out their color each October~ xxoogail

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Thanks for sharing your garden today.

Anna said...

I enjoyed your October flowers Ewa. What is the name of the aster in your first photo?

scottweberpdx said...

Lovely...those old-fashioned roses are especially charming!

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Beautiful flowers! Seems your garden was so healthy. Wish I can have a healthy garden too. I'm been looking for interesting topic as this. Looking forward for your next post. Keep posting!