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Friday, October 15, 2010

Two, Two. Two Posts In One...FF & GBBD...

It's Fertilizer Friday over at http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ and GGBD over at http://maydreamsgardens.blogspot.com/ drop by both of these wonderful blogs to join or just have a look see at what's going on in other gardens.
I am always excited to see the Sheffield Mums-Chrysanthemum Koreanum-'Sheffield' begin to bloom in October. A small shovel full of these were scooped up from my Mom's garden after she passed. They are one of my favorite flowers. (featured in my header)
I have spread these throughout my gardens. Hopefully in a year or two I will have an outstanding display.
They begin peachy and turn almost white.
Vinca with Angelonia (sp)
Second go around with Cosmos. These reseeded from the early summer ones that bloomed.
Blue Bedder Salvia, Torenia, Gomphrena (sp) and weeds.
I can hardly wait to re-work this area...geez
Scary, isn't it? I pulled out the Marigolds as they were completely covering the stepping stones.
One of my BES Vines...they must prefer slightly cooler weather.
Jatropha --since this zoned 10 - 11 and I am 8, I rooted some cuttings...so we shall see.
Ragin' Cajun Ruellia is a great 'comeback' plant..
Volunteer Impaitens from last year, BUT I didn't have any planted at the top of this garden bed, hmm.
Monarda is blooming for the third time this season.
Tradescantia spathacea-Oyster Plant, Moses-in-a-Basket, Boat Lily--not sure if this will return after the frost or not. Probably going to scoop some up and plant in a container. In some areas of Florida this plant is not welcome. Seems it likes to grow where most plants will not, therefore choking out some natives....hmmm
it also is a skin irritant. I haven't had this problem since I don't stand around rubbing it between my hands or brushing up against it. Plant it and leave it alone.
Painted Lady Hibiscus..
Lord Baltimore Hibiscus
Turk's Cap also known as Sleeping Hibiscus.
And the Clematis is re-blooming..always a welcome sight!


Today I am Thankful for all the blooms in my gardens!


Gail said...

Darla, What is your secret to getting monarda to bloom three times! MIne didn't bloom at all this summer~what a drought we've had! I lost Ragun Cajun over the winter, but love its red! So many plants to try ~ Have a good day~ gail

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

Nice! I'm still waiting on the Sheffield mums to boom here. Seems like they should be all in bloom already.

Susie said...

I wish I had blooms like this Darla. The heat and drought killed just about everything.

I like that oyster plant. You don't see it much here.

Happy weekend to you!

tina said...

Love your advice to 'plant it and leave it alone'. That is one great looking plant so well worth it!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Still pretty around your house.
The only thing left here is the mums and whatever I brought inside.
It's getting cold although I don't think there is a frost threat....YET.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

So many nice looking flowers but that mum is simply lovely. I can see why you want it to spread.

Racquel said...

You have alot to be thankful for Darla with all those gorgeous bloomers. I don't think that area looks bad. Ragun Cajun is a stunner! :)

Floridagirl said...

It is strange to see photos of clematis and tropical hibiscus from the same garden! We cannot grow clematis where I live. Just FYI--I grow oyster plants and jatropha here in Zone 9, and yes, they are near-weeds and do return after freezes here. I don't think all oyster plants are invasive.

That is a beautiful mum. Love that peachy color! I've never seen that Ragin' Cajun. Wonder if it would grow here.

Wendy said...

I love all your fall color! Wedding prep looks fun! Very cute roll-ups.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I still can't decide whether my mum is also 'Sheffield' or 'Clara Curtis', but the Korean types are my favorites. I love the 'Painted Lady' Hibiscus!

Dorothy said...

I enjoyed seeing all your flowers today, Darla. Your header is perfect. You must work in the yard all the time to have such beauties! Happy Weekend!

Karen said...

Darla, love the header, and the memories you have of your 'Sheffield' make it extra special. Your garden looks fantastic, and thanks for the info on the oyster plant, I will definitely not get too up close and personal with it! The clematis has such a rich color, love it, too.

Lois said...

I love them all Darla, but that peachy colored Sheffield mum is absolutely my favorite! It makes a great header too.

noel said...


what a very nice tour of your garden this morning, i enjoyed the beautiful flowers.

thanks for sharing that with us

Shirley said...

How wonderful to have so much going on in your garden! Our season is about done here in Edmonton. Thanks for visiting my blog and have a nice weekend.

Millie said...

The hibiscus is so nice, but so are all the others, many of which will never be found in my garden (zone 3-4). But marigolds, yes!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Love your colorful and so pretty gardne!

leavesnbloom said...

Darla I would just love to have monarda surviving in my garden never mind flowering 3 times in the year - thats wonderful. Loved seeing your photos - its been so long since I joined up with FF and I forgot about all the lovely gardens I used to visit on a Friday. That Turks cap is interesting - I've seen it on a few blogs today but had never heard of it before - when I think of turks cap I think of a lily.

I love your header and text.

Tootsie said...

everytime I see the mailbox in your garden, I am reminded to kick myself for giving my old one away!!!! I love it! Your flaunt this week is still as pretty as always...I have nothing growing here...so I am back to daydreaming and living through you!
hugs girl...we need to catch up soon...things are just so busy lately...luv ya!

George said...

I think you have a wonderful October garden. You still have beautiful garden -- we have very little left, except for the roses.

scottweberpdx said...

Nice post...I love the shot with the Salvia and Gomphrena...even if there are weeds, it's delightful!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

All you flowers look wonderful. Lots of autumn colors showing through!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I loved the photo of the peach chrysanthemum.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, I love seeing your garden. They hibiscus is so pretty.... AND your Climatis is still pretty... Ours is long gone for the year... Your Vinca is also pretty... Ours didn't do well this year for some reason...

I laughed at your 'volunteer' Impatiens. We get them sometimes too...

Have a great weekend.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Darla Dear, This means you were able to venture away from the wedding tasks and stroll the gardens. I'm glad since your gardens look very nice and it must have felt great to get out and enjoy them. Have a great weekend.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Your flower beds and blooms look wonderful to me. I have a friend who wanted some seeds from the morning glory, and when we looked, we didn't see any. This afternoon, I looked again, and am not sure if I found any. What I found, did not look like the seeds from the other morning glories. Oh, these don't look like the original tie die plants, but the blooms did look like these the last year or two.

I have my email address in my "About Me" information. Send me your address, and I'll send you some seeds when the current blooms form them. What is the best thing to put seeds in for mailing?

Julie said...

i had never heard of monarda! yours has been a real star this year!!! It sure is a pleasure to look at all this beauty, while everyone has fallen fast asleep here...except me!!!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I'm in awe everytime I see your gardens! Just beautiful!

xinex said...

Your garden is lovely! I love the different flowers. Thank you so much for the prayers for my mom which worked because she pulled through and is doing well....Christine

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Darla, the story of your mums is so sweet. They are a beautiful legacy :-) Thanks for your visit to The Whimsical Gardener,as it led me to your delightful blog :-)

sweetbay said...

Beautiful shot of the Sheffield mum opening up... and you still have so much in bloom!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Wow, and all I really have left are a few sunflowers, and some Japanese Annemones.

Oh and some violas, that the slugs are doing double duty on.

Your garden, on the other hand...looks wonderful.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I'm so behind in seeing what you've been up to! I loved seeing all you've done for the wedding and those seed packet favors are the best idea I've seen!! Looks like it's not that far off now.
Your gardens are looking so pretty still, I love the turk's cap.
Hope you're having a great weekend!

Gloria, Dakota Garden said...

Hi Darla, I enjoyed visiting your blog! Thank you for your comment on my blog. We have a beautiful spring, a nice dry low humidity summer and lovely fall, but yes we get snow and cold and the garden mostly sleeps from late fall to spring.

Andrea said...

Hi Darla, my first time here. Your garden looks like my mother's except for the clematis, which is not growing here in the country.

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