October 2009 Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day at Helen’s Haven

October GBBD at Helen’s Haven in Raleigh, North Carolina, reminds hardy, yet the rain and very cool temperatures of late are unseasonable.  So far, frost is at bay.    The flowers and seed continue to welcome the wildlife.

Part of Mixed Border into Herb Garden

Part of Mixed Border into Herb Garden

Miss Huff Lantana

Miss Huff Lantana

Knockout

Knockout

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Edgeworthia

Edgeworthia

Loropetalum 'Pizazz'

Loropetalum 'Pizazz'

Ruellia brittoniona

Ruellia brittoniona

Helianthus detail

Helianthus detail

White Ball Butterfly Bush

White Ball Butterfly Bush

Rain Lily

Rain Lily

Swamp Crinum - LOVE this

Swamp Crinum - LOVE this

Proven Winners Snow Fountain

Proven Winners' Snow Princess'

Chrysanthemum 'Clara Curtis'

Chrysanthemum 'Clara Curtis'

Clara Curtis

Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink'

'Moonbeam'

Abelia 'Golden Anniversary'

Abelia 'Golden Anniversary'

Rudbeckia black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia black-eyed Susan

Echinacea 'White Swan'

Echinacea 'White Swan'

Echinacea 'Double Pink Delight'

Echinacea 'Double Pink Delight'

Vignette

Vignette

Overview of Red Bed

Overview of Red Bed

Helianthus 'Swamp Sunflower'

Helianthus 'Swamp Sunflower'

Red Homestead - not real impressed with its performance in my garden

Red Homestead - not real impressed with its performance in my garden

Drummondii

Drummondii

Lycorius

Lycorius

Nippon Daisey

Nippon Daisey

Autumn Sedum

Autumn Sedum

Cl. Don Jaun rose

Cl. Don Jaun rose

Unknown Butterfly bush

Unknown Butterfly bush

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Mhuly grass

Muhly grass

Limelight hydrangea

Limelight hydrangea

Hardy Cyclamen

Hardy Cyclamen

Society Garlic

Society Garlic

Tansy

Tansy

Still Zuni

Still Zuni

Obiedent plant

Obiedent plant

Vinca

Vinca

Helianthus angustifolia Dwarf swamp 'Low Down'

Helianthus angustifolia Dwarf swamp 'Low Down'

Purple cone flower

Purple cone flower

Zinnia

Zinnia

Leuxxx

Leucantha

American Beauty berry

American Beauty berry

Aster Tartan

Aster Tartan

Aster detail

Bangel Tigle Canna

Bangel Tiger Canna

Cleome Seed

Cleome Seed

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Cleome

Cleome

Reblooming purple Iris

Reblooming purple Iris

Blue and Black Salvia

Blue and Black Salvia

Purple basil

Purple basil

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Hybisucs tea

Hot Lips salvia

Hot Lips salvia

Osmanthus fragrans

Osmanthus fragrans

Also in bloom:

Bog Salvia, Snail vine, a brugmansia just (finally) opened, very late this year; candy corn plant and many dahlias.

GBBD was started by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  Be sure to check out what she has going on in her Indiana garden and the others all over the US and even abroad.

Copy and photos by Helen Yoest

Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening With Confidence Follow Helen on Twitter @HelenYoest and her Facebook page, the Gardening With Confidence fan page. Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum.

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21 Comments »

  1. Les said

    I hope GBBD finds you well. Your garden looks like it is still very busy, which means you must be also. We are wet here, but it is needed. Have a great day!

  2. Janet said

    What a wonderful array of blooms! I love how large your edgeworthia is! Mine is in a pot and coming with me to SC. What a grand plant.

  3. tina said

    Looking mighty good in Raleigh! Still so much beauty in October no less. That edgeworthia is awesome!

  4. Yes Les, we are cold and wet too. We need it and my recently reseed grass is happy. I’m hoping our frost holds off as well. Last year, it was November 17th. I like it when the garden begins to fade…a frost shortens that, besides the fact that major work needs to be done!. H.

  5. Hey Janet and Tina, I’m ignoring my Edeworthia. Yesterday when I was at the JC Raulston Arboaretum, I saw the Edgeworthia that was at the entrance was gone. It was THE MOST magnificant Edgeworthia ever! I talked Chris Glenn, on staff there, and he said as they are related to Daphne, it is not uncommon to get the root virus and just die too. Ugh! So if I ignore it, like I do my 2 Daphnes, I may continue to have success. H.

  6. Hi Helen, happily going to comment on the edgeworthia, we have two two year olds that might bloom next spring when I read what you said about the virus. Oh no! I have one daphne that is really starting to get going well and worry about it too. Ignoring sounds like the best bet. Sorry, this should have been written first: Your gardens still look spectacular! Lush and alive and full of color and foliage interest. 🙂
    Frances

  7. Kathy said

    Your garden looks great, but you put a lot of work into it, so why wouldn’t it look great? After seeing the American beautyberry everywhere in North Carolina, I really would like to grow it in my garden.

  8. meghan said

    oh my goodness, you have so many blooms!

    i’ve been thinking about adding a couple of beauty berry bushes here and the muhly grass….i have got to get some muhly grass!! thanks for sharing your beautiful blooms. 🙂

  9. So fun to see your garden having been there in person…love the muhly grass too! And those hardy cyclamen next to the porch were soo cute. Thank you, Ms. Book of Six!

  10. You have so many beautiful plants artfully arranged. I think I like the Cyclamen best. I’ve never seen a white Tatarian Aster. It’s very striking.

  11. Your mixed border is so gorgeous! Also, the seed heads on the society garlic. Mine doesn’t do that!!

  12. Your garden looks like May, not October!

  13. Kathy, Meghan, No doubt, the American beauty berry is a hit in the fall garden…for me and the wildlife! H.

  14. Gail said

    The garden looks spectacular Helen! I especially like the red bed. I see that several ‘shrubs are in containers…That may be what I need to do to help with drainage issues here…Thank you! gail

  15. i’m fascinated by seeing how plants flower at different times in different climates, in the UK,my cyclamen hederifolium have already finished, but the Callicarpa (beauty bush) isn’t out in berry yet. Are the Salvias and Lantana hardy where you are?

  16. Hey Gail, Yep containers in the perennial beds are nice to add height, fend off voles, the pot itself acts as a useful accent, and yes, deal with drainage problems Personally, I just like they way they look in a garden; the rest is an added bonus. Thanks for stopping by. H.

  17. Hey Claire, so does that mean the cyclamen are out of bloom but in leaf? Some friends and I just had a useful convo about the USDA zone equivalent of England. What is your winter temp. Here in Raleigh, Zone 7b, we are 10 degrees F. I we were colder, it would be a smaller number; if warmer, it would be a higher number. What is your winter average?
    H.

  18. cindy said

    I like the size of you butterfly bushes. do you trim them in the fall or spring? Our has taken control of the garden and it is very spindly. Not a pretty site.

  19. Hey Cindy, Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) bloom on new growth. As such, pruning is necessary to increase flowers. I shape mine in the fall about a 1/3. This gives me shape in the winter and keeps the limbs from being so big that they break in ice or snow. Prune again in late winter about half more. They actually can be pruned most anytime, but this method maximizes a tidy look of a plant for the fall and winter. Without this pruning, there will be less flowers, and have a gangly, weedy appearance. In many parts of the country and even NC, Buddleia are invasive. I made the mistake once by being lured in by Buddleia Hemesleyana. I am still paying the price for that one.

  20. Nell Jean said

    Lots of pretties at your place, even at this late date. My swamp crinum didn’t bloom this year, not one plant. Sorry to be so tardy, server problems here.

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