What’s in Bloom Here Now – October 2015

It’s surprising how much is in bloom in October in New Hampshire, especially if you count the autumn leaves as blooms, which I do. We have had patchy frost, but tomorrow night we’re forecast temps in the mid 20sF, which means hard frost and maybe a freeze. The hanging basket begonia is coming inside!

Here’s what’s in bloom now, for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.

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Zinnias! Oh my, the blooms that keep on blooming.

zinniasandcherryprotector13Oct2015 zinniapinkyellowb8Oct2015 zinniayellow8Oct2015 zinniayellowbeige8Oct2015 zinniaorangeredsunlightshadow8Oct2015 zinniadoubledeckerred8Oct2015 zinniabudyellowred8Oct2015 zinniaredcone16Oct2015 zinniapinkruffledmoistandyellowhostafoliage16Oct2015 zinniaorangefaded16Oct2015

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Other annuals that give and give:

alyssum
alyssum
cosmos
cosmos
gblobe amaranth against 'So Sweet' hosta foliage
gblobe amaranth against ‘So Sweet’ hosta foliage
Clear Day orange gazania
Clear Day orange gazania
borage
borage
annual mum
annual mum
marigold
marigold
cleome from seed
cleome from seed
cosmos and alyssum
cosmos and alyssum
Cuphea Vermillionaire (Firecracker plant)
Cuphea Vermillionaire (Firecracker plant)

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Perennials still blooming or looking fabulous:

last of anemone tormentosa blooms
last of anemone tormentosa blooms
hydrangea bloom with maple leaf
hydrangea bloom with maple leaf
tansy shrub still blooming
tansy shrub still blooming
buddleia still blooming!
buddleia still blooming!
snakeroot in rock wall
snakeroot in rock wall
'Bluebird' aster and amsonia
‘Bluebird’ aster and amsonia
bumblebee on 'Bluebird' aster
bumblebee on ‘Bluebird’ aster
'Bluebird' aster with bumblebees and amsonia foliage
‘Bluebird’ aster with bumblebees and amsonia foliage
persicaria 'Painters Palette'
persicaria ‘Painters Palette’
tricyrtis 'Samurai' in bloom
tricyrtis ‘Samurai’ in bloom

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Berries, fruits, veggies:

weeping 'Jade' crabapples
weeping ‘Jade’ crabapples
winterberries
winterberries
summer squash still growing!
summer squash still growing!
'Tina' crabapple
‘Tina’ crabapple
red apples in tree
red apples in tree
Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts

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A few insects, spiders, slugs still hanging around, plus birds!

female Phidippus audax (bold jumping spider) with fly
female Phidippus audax (bold jumping spider) with fly
aphids on asclepias
aphids on asclepias
browncaterpillarheadPseudothyatira cymatophoroides (tufted thyatirid moth larva) in filipendula
browncaterpillarheadPseudothyatira cymatophoroides (tufted thyatirid moth larva) in filipendula
black slug
black slug
flickerinsprucesideheadturnedbest15Oct2015
flicker in spruce eating fruits from woodbine vine
hermit thrush in apple tree
hermit thrush in apple tree

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Foliage!

Rodgersia and hosta foliage
Rodgersia and hosta foliage
leuchothoe branch and foliage
leuchothoe branch and foliage
hosta
hosta
Olga Mezitt rhododendron, weeping 'Jade' crabapple
Olga Mezitt rhododendron, weeping ‘Jade’ crabapple
clethra with yellow foliage
clethra with yellow foliage
oak tree turning
oak tree turning
'Gold standard' hosta and geranium foliage
‘Gold standard’ hosta and geranium foliage
sedum et al.
sedum, penstemon, swiss chard
maple
maple
'Halcyon' hosta
‘Halcyon’ hosta
penstemon (Husker Red? Dark Towers?) and phlox foliage
penstemon (Husker Red? Dark Towers?) and phlox foliage
Virginia Creeper on rock wall
Virginia Creeper on rock wall
heuchera 'Peach Flambe'
heuchera ‘Peach Flambe’
hosta leaf
hosta leaf

 

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And last, garden landscapes:

shedslopefallcolourtreesmorning15Oct2015
slope and shed in the morning
sideyardmorningsunlight15Oct2015
side yard in the morning with tulip poplar
pinkhydrangeasideyardmorningsunlight15Oct2015
hydrangea, side yard in morning
slope and shed in evening
slope and shed in evening
euonymus and tulip poplar
euonymus and tulip poplar
shade garden
shade garden
pink sky at night with crow
pink sky at night with crow

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If you want more October beauty, check out these great blogs:

Lee at A Guide to Northeast Gardening on Long Island, NY, U.S.

Jessica at Rusty Duck in southwest England, UK

Flutter & Hum in the Pacific Northwest U.S., featuring reds

Peter at theoutlawgardener in Southeast Alaska, U.S.

Loree at Dangergarden in Portland, Oregon, U.S.

Evan at The Practical Plant Geek in Hales Corners, WI, U.S.

Jason at Garden in a City in Evanston, IL, U.S.

Michele at The Salem Garden, Salem, MA, U.S.

 

 

3 Comments on “What’s in Bloom Here Now – October 2015

  1. Hey there! Thanks for sharing my post on your site! You do have a lot still happening up there in NH. I love that you’re focusing on the beauty that remains rather than what’s gone!

  2. Foliage really does add to the picture doesn’t it. Glorious colours that you have! I love the Bluebird aster. And you have even made aphids look cute! Many thanks for the link again this month.

  3. Your photos are always beautiful, Jessica! The Bluebird aster is amazing — long-lasting, vibrant, and always FULL of bumblebees and others. I think the aphids are cute and they don’t really hurt anything, so long as a monarch isn’t pupating on the plant.

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