Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2016


Grevillea victoriae
Grevillea victoriae

I’ve decided not to focus on the asters this month but to showcase four plants which have just started to flower and whose flowers I am always thrilled to see.  They all need to be sought out in the garden as they can be a little shy.

First up is Grevillea victoriae which has wonderful exotic orange flowers. Similar to Grevillea ‘Canberra Gem’ but flowering later.  Last year I thought it hadn’t flowered but discovered all the flowers at the bottom of the shrub.  This year the shrub is a year older and has been moved into a sunnier location and the flowers are beginning to appear higher on the shrub so I am hoping that next year it will look amazing.

Unknown Nerine
Unknown Nerine

I have started to extend the bulb season in my garden with the inclusion of Nerines.  This is the first to flower and is from a hugh pot full of bulbs that I bought for a couple of pounds last year at the local HPS group.  I was really thrilled to see it, and its fellow flowers, as it shows that I have found a good location for it and confirms my plan to plant more Southern Hemisphere bulbs in this particular area.


I am always pleased when the Massonia flowers in the greenhouse.  I had a Massonia pustulata but I think I lost that and as its name indicates the leaves were quite blistered looking so its not that variety, maybe I will find the label one day but either way I am pleased it has flowered again.


I have various Colchicums of differing quality and these are always the first to flower and are slowly but surely beginning to spread.  They are one of those plants whose flowers appear under the foliage of other plants but as you pass something catches you eye and you find yourself on your hands and knees looking to see what the colour is from.

So those are my 4 secret gems for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – for more GBBD posts visit Carol at May Dream Gardens

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

8 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2016”

  1. It’s a good idea to focus on ‘secret gems’ Helen. I have thought of adding more colchicums but need to decide the best place for them first, taking into account their untidy leaves too!

    1. Hi cathy
      Its funny lots of people dont like the leaves of colchicums but I think they add real interest.

    2. I think it may depend what’s around them – and I wonder if my Water Lily leaves are more leafy than those of single colchicums as both leaves and flowers of mine suffer badly if it’s wet. I can’t remember now if I included some white ones in my Peter Nyssen order – but it’s due today so I shall find out!!

  2. I love the colour of that Nerine! I’m not familiar with that bulb at all, but that’s why I follow blogs like yours to get new ideas and inspiration. I want to do a ‘jungle’ section and I think that Nerine looks exotic enough for me to add to my collection. Thank you for sharing your blooms x

  3. This is a great post with lots of lovely blooms. I find Massonia fascinating; the flowers are produced as sessile umbels and have stamens which are longer than the perianth, giving the flower head a ‘shaving-brush’ appearance (Massonia pustulata has the longest filaments of the more commonly grown species). The flowers can be creamy-white in some forms or a rather attractive pinkish colour in selected forms.

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