October GBBD

“October Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

 Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for coming up with GBBD.  This is the day (15th of the month) in which we post everything which is blooming in our gardens.

It is hard to believe that a month has passed already since the last GBBD.  I don’t think anything new is blooming, but there are many things still blooming in mid October.

Here is a listing of the plants blooming here in Covington in the Gulf South: Roses (Knockouts, Mutablis, Shelia’s rose, The Fairy, and Iceberg), the salvias (coral nymph, lady in red, mystic spires, autumn sage), Mexican Bush Sage, Pentas, Impatiens, Canna (China Doll, Tequilla Sunrise), Butterfly Ginger, Blue Daze, Mexican heater, lantanas, hibicus, Confederate Rose, plumbago, candlebra plant, begonias, ruellia (red, pink, white, and purple), four o’clocks, toad lilies, cashmere bouquet, blue butterfly bush, Turk’s turban, bleeding heart vine, and peacock lilies.

I have shown pictures of all the above recently, but I just can’t resist a few more pictures of my favorites.

Iceberg Rose

Mexican Bush Sage




  1. fairegarden said,

    October 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    So much in bloom. Is there ever a time when there is nothing in bloom where you garden? It sounds so pretty with all those roses and salvias and well…everything.


  2. Racquel said,

    October 15, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    That is a gorgeous rose, no wonder it is one of your faves. Sounds like you still have tons blooming in October.

  3. October 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I really love that rose bloom…white holds such a unique beauty in itself…don’t you think?

  4. October 15, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Nice bloom day, Jan! We have some plants in common but it sounds like your roses are making October beautiful. I envy you the blooming butterfly gingers – my plants have only leaves this year and I miss the fragrance.

    Happy Bloom Day!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  5. Jan said,

    October 16, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Frances, there really isn’t any time when something is not in bloom here in the Gulf South. We can pretty much garden year round. Even after a hard freeze, something ususally pops up a short time later. We are very fortunate to live in a mild climate that allows us to work in our gardens so much.

    Racquel, I was surprised when I started to catalog the blooming plants. Even I didn’t realize how much was still blooming.

    Alexandra, white flowers are my favorites which is why I have so many, but Iceberg, I think, is my favorite. Every bloom is so delicate and just perfect.

    Annie, since we have been having a little cooler weather, the roses have responded well. In fact, everything seems to be doing so much better now that the intense heat of summer is over. So sorry you missed out on the fragrance of the butterfly ginger. It is a highlight in the garden in late summer/early fall. Well, there is always next year.

  6. Randy said,

    October 16, 2008 at 6:36 am

    That’s a flawless rose! I can see why it’s a favorite of yours!

  7. patientgardener said,

    October 16, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Aha – I think I have some of that sage growing in my garden. I have a mystery plant growing along the fenceline and it looks very much like your sage.

  8. Jan said,

    October 16, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks, Randy, it is a lovely, white rose.

    Patient Gardener, It very well could be Mexican Bush Sage if it is that light purple color. It is blooming and very pretty in the fall.

  9. October 25, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    It’s taking me longer than usual to get around to all the bloom day posts, but I’m glad I stopped be here. I knew you would have some blooms to share! Thanks for joining in.

  10. Jan said,

    October 27, 2008 at 4:52 am

    That’s okay, Carol. I noticed you had a tremendous number of GBBD posts this month to get around to. I know it took me several days to work through the list.

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