GBBD October 2010: Fading Beauty

It was more of a challenge to find nice blooms for GBBD this month.  Lots of the plants are beginning to look tired and a little worn around the  edges but there are still some blooming their socks off.  The Rudbeckia above is very bright and I am actually struggling to find the right spot for it,  its definitely in the wrong spot at the moment colour wise but I am planning to replant the border it is in soon so hopefully it will look more at home soon.

The real glamour queens of the garden at the moment are the Dahlias.  I can’t understand why more people don’t grow them.  Chat Noir has been flowering its socks off since at least August if not mid July and is covered in flowers.  Others that are looking great at the moment are Honka, a species Dahlia (below top) and Swan Lake (below bottom).

Admittedly I have some dahlias which aren’t performing so well but I will get rid of those this winter and try something else next year and then keep the ones that perform well.  I lift my Dahlia’s each year as I have quite clay soil and it can get very soggy in winter.  I just dry them out and remove any rotten bits of the tubers and then stacked them in seed trays with a little compost to help  retain moisture and store them in the garage.  It seems to work well.

I have finally managed to get a reasonable photo of my Eupatorium.  It has proved to be a very troublesome plant to photograph for some reason but I am pleased that in its first year it has put up two good flower stems.  Hopefully it will start to thrive on the bank with the surrounding grasses.

I am really pleased with this Kniphofia.  It is one of a bunch of seedlings I have grown from a packet of mixed Kniphofia seeds.  I was surprised to find it as I had muddled it up with some Cyperus glaber seedlings and it appeared in a boggy part of the garden doing better than the other Kniphofia seedlings.  I like the colouring as its not as harsh as some Kniphofias.

I have also finally managed to get a photo of the Persicaria flowers which have been eluding me for months.  I am really pleased with this plant and thinking of getting another one maybe a darker red or a white if it exists.

These are the best of the blooms this month, I doubt there will be much at all to show you next month.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy Bloom Day. I like your Dahlias. I never have real luck with them and wish I could grow them well. I have no problem keeping them over winter, but they bloom too late in my garden.

  2. Valerie says:

    The Eupatorium is an unusual looking plant but very interesting. Lovely photos.

  3. tina says:

    Lots of great plants blooming in your garden this month. I’m amazed to see the torch lily. I love those and the orange color is great.

  4. linda says:

    Beautiful blooms Helen! I grew some dahlias a couple of years ago, and really loved them. I know what you mean about photographing eupatoriums – I’ve had some challenges getting clear images of the flower heads too. Happy Bloom Day!

  5. Gail says:

    Some flowers refuse to pose nicely for photos! I can’t ever manage to get a good shot of heuchera flowers. You’re right Helen~I need more dahlias. They are nonstop bloomers and I’ve seen plenty of bees visiting them. Next year for sure!

  6. Scott says:

    I’m with you on the Eupatorium, they are hard to get a good pic of! Love that Persicaria, which one is it?

  7. Catherine says:

    That is a very pretty colored Dahlia. None of mine came up this year even though I dug them up and the tubers looked good. I will definitely be adding them again next year. I don’t think I’ve seen a Eupatorium like that before, what interesting flowers. My Eupatorium seems to be slow to get established too, but I think they’ll be worth the wait.

    1. patientgardener says:

      I start my Dahlias off in pots so the slugs etc dont eat the young shoots, once the plants are about a foot tall I plant them out and they are normally strong enough to resist with the insects

  8. HA ha! A dahlia called ‘honka’ is a must grow! The only bits of colour in my garden are two salvias (names forgotten) one a fab proper royal blue and the other a hot pink one plus the gauras which are real doers.

  9. Paul says:

    I can’t understand why more people don’t grow them either. Me included. They’re stunning. Thanks for the welcome to GBBD.

  10. Hi Helen, I love your first Dahlia shot! Gorgeous. Your Kniphofia makes me think of my son’s wedding . . . I used some local (Charlotte NC) ones in large vases along a wall they were so striking. Fun plants. ;>)

  11. Christina says:

    Some lovely plants, Helen. Dahlias were new for me this year and I’ve been amazed at how well they’re done, flowering non stop since mid June with more flowers than ever now. I’ll make space for some others next year. I’m going to experiment with leaving them in the ground as my soil is very free draining.

  12. thevioletfern says:

    Okay, okay … I am just going to HAVE to try dahlias someday. That Swan Lake is really stunning. I just planted some persicaria and had two tiny blooms but something “wascally” bit them off! At least I can enjoy yours. Beautiful gardens.

  13. Jean says:

    Helen, I had no idea that Kniphofia could be found in such a soft, subtle color. It’s a lovely flower.

  14. You’ve got a lot still blooming and they all look great. I love Rubeckia. They are so cheery to me and I also find their seed pods to be equally intriguing. Enjoy them all while you still can!

  15. Anna says:

    Enjoyed your October blooms. Think that Cotswold Garden Flowers stocks a white persicaria 🙂

  16. Kathleen says:

    I love that white dahlia Helen (with the funky petals). Very unusual.
    It’s great you have luck lifting the tubers and storing them. I can’t seem to accomplish that ~ they always dry out on me. The only way I can overwinter them is by leaving them in a container and storing the container in my garage!
    You have some beautiful fall blooms.

  17. patientgardener says:

    Scott – sorry for the delay in coming back to you been looking for the label. The Persicaria is Persicaria amplexicaulia ‘Atrosanguinea’

  18. Well they do not look tired by any way. Very pretty blooms and i am so delighted to see kniphofia in bloom. It is one plant i am unable to get hands on . Happy bloom day.

  19. Glad to see your blooms. I think you’ve captured the persicaria and eupatorium nicely. Dahlias do well here, but those two plants do not, which of course moves them to the top of my plant lust list…

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