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Friday, October 19, 2012

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day October 2012

After a record dry summer, we are starting to get some rain, at last.  A few roses are blooming on, like the very fragrant OGR Clothilde Soupert, with its many petals-

A dainty mini striped rose, Pinstripe, is blooming in a pot, where minis that were being eaten to the ground by rabbits have ended up-

Star of the garden at this point would have to be Rozanne geranium, which is still covered with blooms.  What a sensational hardy geranium.

And the last of the Anemones to keep blooming, still covered with flowers, is what I think is A. tomentosa 'Robustissima', a passalong plant.   It finally dawned on me this year that this is a great fall bloomer and worthy of being transplanted to a lot of new places in my garden for memorable fall blooming, as well as some other Anemone japonicas.  I will try to do some root cuttings next spring.   I also will be starting some from seed this winter-
An astonishing surprise was to see a mysterious large bloom on the ground, and find that a Clematis 'Sugar Candy', that had apparently died 3 years ago, had grown out to 7' and was blooming unseasonably, a magnificent bloom.  Clematis resurrection.

But what could be more luscious than some Liberty apples, which make the most divine fragrant applesauce, and are bred to be no-spray, resistant to disease and insect damage.
Thanks for joining me for GBBD, for more posts on what's blooming now, go to May Dreams Gardens, hosted by Carol, whose garden is also recovering from drought.



  1. Hi Hannah, Your bloomers are impressive for sure. I LOVE that antique rose and could almost smell it through my screen. :) Your striped mini looks like my tall 'Fourth of July.' I love it. I have 'Jolly Bee' hardy Geranium which is a clone of 'Rozanne' and I wholeheartedly agree. What a stellar plant! I love Japanese anemonies too and Wowzers! That Clemmy flower is outstanding! And of course nothing beats a fresh, crisp apple straight from the tree this time of year. What a great post to get my day off to a great start.

    Looks like we're in for a rainy weekend but I suppose the rain is good. Smiles.

    1. I have collected striped roses and love them, Fourth of July is great. I have my eye on Moore's Striped Rugosa, since Rugosa roses are supposed to be left alone by deer.

      I'm still trying to deal with piles of blackberry vines and substantial tree branches that had to be removed and now need cutting for firewood and chipping, but the rain makes all that difficult. It is nice to see everything greening up, though.

  2. I totally agree with you on 'Rozanne' could hardly be a better plant, just keeps blooming and blooming! This year I've really come to appreciate the Japanese Anemones as well...they are just so undemanding...and they do spread a bit, which is nice if you want to divide and add them to other spots :-)

    1. I hope Rozanne will be long-lived, I've seen a lot of hardy geraniums come and go except for Ann Thompson which you also grow, and the varieties that spread readily by self-sowing.

  3. So glad the rains have returned for you. You know that we down here understand so well. It has been a year we recieved some rain after the nightmare of `11. The apples make me think about the fall reading we did in elementary school. Beautiful !

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