Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – October 2013

Impatiens  omeiana
Impatiens omeiana

We are have definitely felt that Autumn is upon us the last week or so although today the sun has shone and made people regret donning their warmer clothes so soon.  The floral display in the garden is decreasing but sometimes I think it is the flowers that appear at this time of year or in Spring that are so much more interesting or maybe its a case that we appreciate them more.

I wasn’t  going to include Impatiens omeiana until I saw it on the Outlaw Gardeners GBBD day post.  I have a large clump of this plant and grow it really for its lovely foliage but at this time of the year it produces the flowers you can see above.  I did comment on Outlaw Gardeners post that I felt the flowers were a little disappointing but goodness look at them close up, they are quite gorgeous although for some reason I keep thinking of smoked kippers!

Saxifraga fortunei
Saxifraga fortunei

Another unexpected flower is that of Saxifraga fortunei.  Again I grow this plant for its glossy Heuchera like foliage but at this time of the year it sports a cloud of these small white flowers. Which really are quite pretty. As I am beginning to get the hang of my son’s camera I am beginning to get better close-ups of flowers and I am really seem far more detail.  Look at those fab pink dots on the end of the stamens.

Salvia involucrata boutin
Salvia involucrata boutin

The Salvia involucrata boutin has been a showstopper for months.  It has received a ridiculous size and has sent out endless flower heads which seem to extend as the first flowerlets fall off (sorry if I have used the wrong terms there, its late).


I am surprised to have a few Delphinium in flower although the stems are much shorter than you get in early summer and the weather hasn’t been that kind, blowing the flower heads over at an angle but look at the iridescent blue isn’t it wonderful, jewel like I think.


An unknown Geranium which I spotted flowering in the shadow of the weeds I need to sort out on the back  slope.  It really is quite pretty so I must look after it better next year.

Aster umbellatus
Aster umbellatus

I do like the Aster umbellatus, it has such an airy feel about it.  The flower stems are much shorter this year due to its move but it seems to have done quite well despite me.


I think this is Aster St Michaels.  I definitely have an aster by this name and the flowers look similar to a photograph from a previous year but I suspect I will have to ask Helen Picton to identify them properly for me at some point.

Those are my floral highlights this month.  For more GBBD posts visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Ogee says:

    Aren’t fall gardens wonderful?! Beautiful…thanks for sharing.

  2. gail says:

    Wow Helen, the Impatiens omeiana does have a cool flower…I only know of kippers from reading so I am getting a good image of it now. I love Autumn best myself, Spring is fantastic, but, the asters and other late bloomers make me happy when they put on their big show. gail

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi Gail

      I can’t decide between Spring and Autumn as my favourite season as I enjoy them both so much

  3. sueturner31 says:

    I also grow the Saxifrage and really love all it’s tiny detail…fabulous photos…

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Sue
      Thanks, I am rather pleased with the photos as I have been struggling with the camera

  4. Aster umbellatus is a pretty little thing isn’t it Helen? If those are the leaves of the geranium they look awfully similar to G. Sanguineum. Happy GBBD 🙂

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Angie
      yes those are the geranium leaves so I will make a note of what you think it is related to and do some more research

  5. Pauline says:

    Lots of lovely flowers still in your garden, I think we appreciate autumn flowers because there are less of them and therefore are very special. Your Impatiens is really beautiful and with good leaves too.

  6. I can never make my mind up between Spring and Autumn either. The flowers on that Impatiens omeiana are extraordinary, and you are the second person to showcase the saxifrage, I think it might be heading for my wishlist. And I love that aster. You see, that’s the problem with reading garden blogs, you wind up with rapidly expanding lists of plants that you really, really like thus challenging all attempts to plant with more coherence.

  7. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Hi – I have never seen this impatien, looks interesting. The Aster Umbellatus is the aster – I think- that is planted in a butterfly house in New Lynn, Auckland and Monach butterflies loved its nectar. So pretty wee flowers with many butterflies on it! Blustery, stormy, rainy spring for us!

  8. Hello Helen, I have just now got around to reading your blog -I have been working my way through all the fellow Fling-ers whose blogs I haven’t read before. I read quite far back on yours and really enjoyed it–so very British-ish–I’m afraid some of us ‘Yanks’ are hopeless anglophiles!
    Autumn is one of my favorite seasons here as well..such beautiful weather and interesting colors and textures.That impatiens – ooo-la la ! Wonder if I can grow it here ?

  9. Holleygarden says:

    Wow – that blue of the aster st. michaels is stunning! And how wonderful to have a delphinium blooming now! Just lovely.

  10. Lovely blooms this month! Aster umbellatus does have a lovely air about it… perfect for autumn. Thanks for sharing, Helen!

  11. Ricki Grady says:

    Lots to like here, but I can’t believe you nearly left out the Impatiens…it is by far my favorite.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Ricky
      The impatiens doesn’t look that interesting until you peer close up

  12. Cathy says:

    I love that comparison with kippers, although perhaps it’s more of a smoked mackerel 😉 I am now going to look up that salvia of yours as it definitely seems worthy of inclusion in my own garden.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Cathy
      I agree it is more smoked mackerel, I couldnt think of the name when I wrote the post

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