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October 15, 2013

Bloom Day - Well Sated

     Last month's Bloom Day found me lamenting the lack of rain. Well that lack continued until last Tuesday when rain finally visited the area, and like many guests, it stayed too long. To keep it company the rain also brought along several of its closest friends, strong winds, gray skies and flooding tides. Yesterday the sun shone for the first time in a week, and my eyes, having grown accustomed to the darkness, hurt when the clouds parted. However, I knew the only time I had to take pictures would be between rains on Sunday, so here are my soggy Bloom Day photos.

Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides - Mexican Flame Vine
Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides (1)

Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides (2)

Salvia leucantha - Mexican Bush Sage
Salvia leucantha (2)

Salvia leucantha (1)

Portulaca x 'Yubi Yellow'
Portulaca x 'Yubi Yellow'

Poncirus trfoliata - Hardy Orange
Poncirus trifoliata

Dendranthemum 'Bolero' - Chrysanthemum
Dendranthemum 'Bolero'

Cuphea ignea 'David Verity' - Cigar Plant
Cuphea ignea 'David Verity' (2)

Cuphea ignea 'David Verity' (1)

Callicarpa americana - American Beautyberry
Callicarpa americana

Cestrum aurantiaum 'Orange Zest'
Cestrum aurantiaum 'Orange Zest'

Solenostemon scutellarioides - Coleus
Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Dipt in Wine'

Solenostemon scutellarioides (1)

Stachytarpheta mutabilis 'Coral' - Porterweed
Stachytarpheta mutabilis 'Coral'

Ajania pacifica - Silver and Gold Chrysanthemum
Ajania pacifica

Tricyrtis hirta - Toad Lily
Tricyrtis hirta

     Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is held on the 15th of each month and is hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. You should pay her a visit and tell her I said thanks. 


  1. The variety of blooms and foliage you have in your garden is amazing and the photography...spectacular! Always a pleasure to visit! Happy GBBD!

  2. The rain has left you with some lovely shiny photos though. Happy GBBD :)

  3. Soggy or not, these blooms are lovely. I am excited to see the Ajania. I just put one in the garden this summer and while there are no blooms showing, I just love this foliage so, who cares about blooms. I will look for them next year when it has had time to settle in. Happy Bloom Day.

  4. Beautiful blooms and foliage, too!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  5. very nice. Is the orange tree growing outside? Hardy to the mid-Atlantic? Loving the thought that I could plant an orange tree but thinking Norfolk if a bit warmer than Annapolis during the winter. Something to think about though.

  6. I know that feeling of shock when the sun finally makes a showing after grey day upon grey day. Thanks for using your "dry time" to take photos for us to enjoy!

  7. I don't know what is better...the flowers are the photos....outstanding...happy gbbd!

  8. Less, The Silver and Gold Chrysanthemum would not photograph as well on a sunny day. The rain gives the garden a fresh clean look that shows beautifully through the pictures.
    The little oranges are beautiful. Is there marmalade in your future?

  9. Your flowers - and berrie an foliage - all look rather beautiful with their sheen of water.That cestrum is a little dose of sunshine all by itself.

  10. The flowers are lovely but what really kept catching my eye was the composition of so many of the images. Knowing how to take the picture sure makes the subjects look good!

  11. Les, I've had several bloom day posts of soggy flowers! Not this time, we are hurting for rain. Hoping things dry out and flowers perk up soon.

  12. You have make beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  13. Love shineeeeeeeeeeeeeeey flowers Les.

  14. My garden loved all the rain. The peppers shouted for joy. So I ate some.

  15. Pseudogynoxys, ajania -- how the names have changed! Still waiting for rain, so I can't imagine being sated...

  16. It looks positively tropical in Virginia and your flora is thriving. Glorious mix of colors!

  17. Very nice to see what your garden does in October, a surprise that S. leucantha does that well in your climate. I like that 4th photo with the contrasting foliage, smashing!

  18. Rain does tend to put a nice shine on everything. Love the way you captured that Tricyrtis.