This Bloom Day finds me without much to say. The weather has been cooler than normal and drier than normal. I have had to irrigate the garden once since last Bloom Day, but it was only the third time this year, so I didn't mind. The new job is going well, I stay very busy, learn something new each day, enjoy my co-workers and come home with a sense of accomplishment. It has been odd having weekends off, as I have never had a job that allowed that.
Enough chit chat, let's look at the garden. This picture below is what you see heading up the front steps, and the following photos are close ups of the components.
Hibiscus sabdariffa (Roselle Hibiscus)
Salvia leucantha (Mexican Bush Sage)
Dendranthemum 'Bolero' (Bolero Chrysanthemum)
On the front steps themselves, the coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) are still looking good, and I could not imagine my garden without them. This is Big Red Judy.
This coleus is a seedling that popped up in one of my pots. I am going to take it to work and have it propagated.
A couple of other annuals are also still going strong, in fact, the Zinnia x 'Profusion Fire' is looking better than it has all summer. I plant these every year, but this year I got them from a different source, and I don't know what they did, but I had to baby these all summer.
Lantana (Its name is lost to poor record keeping, but I love its October appropriate colors)
Cestrum aurantiaum 'Orange Zest'
I love toad lilies (Tricyrtis hirta), they thrive on neglect, have not needed any water other than rain, they flower in the shade, and remind me of little orchids.
Also supposedly easy to grow is Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope', but mine has struggled through this summer, even before the new sidewalks went in next to it. I am hoping to see a little more independence from it next summer.
Here is the never struggling Ajania pacifica (Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum).
Everything in the shadier back garden is either green or orange. Green from foliage...
... and orange from the falling fruit of Poncirus trifoliata. I have never seen this much fruit on (or off) this tree, it's nearly a pedestrian hazard.
So that's my garden this October. If you would like to see what is blooming and falling in some other gardens this month, then head on over to see Carol at May Dreams Gardens, as she is the hostess for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.