October’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day

“October’s  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.  This is a great way to keep a record throughout the year of when and what bloomed in our gardens.

We our unseasonably warm weather and high rainfall here on the Gulf Coast this October, the garden for the most part still looks like summer.  Salvias, gerber daisies, hibiscus, all the summer flowers are still blooming like crazy.

The salivas in particular are doing very well, including the coral nymph, Mexican Bush Sage, Van houttei, and pineapple sage.


Coral Nymph (redu)








The cannas are still blooming including the India shot, yellow, and China Doll.  The China Doll is really brightening up the “pink” garden.


China Doll Canna (redu)


The gingers are still hanging around though with cold weather right around the corner, I don’t know how much longer they will be in bloom.  The pinecone ginger I posted about the other day still looks good, but the butterfly ginger is the one doing the best.  I have three stands of it around the property and come evening time, the scent is wonderful.


Buttterfly Ginger (redu)


There are still the roses: Iceberg, Knockouts (Red, Pink & Blushing), and Mutabilis.




Blushing Knockout Rose (redu)




All the rain really seems to have helped the plumbago to bloom even more than normal.


Plumbago (redu)


The toad lilies are blooming well.  They and the Confederate rose are about the only “fall” flowers blooming now.


Toad Lily (redu)






I am sure by next month that there will be more “autumn” flowers to show, or at least I am hoping there will be.  Check out what is blooming in other parts of the world by visiting Carol’s blog.



  1. Mary Delle said,

    October 15, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Some lovely blooms. Like the salvia, in particular. Their small, but colorful blossoms always win my heart. Of course, your roses look great. The Confederate rose is a winner.

  2. October 15, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Those cannas are incredible. We are expecting snow here in the next few days so whatever we have is blooming will snow be covered.

  3. Janet said,

    October 15, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Evening Jan, that China Doll pink is a pretty canna. It has a kind of tie-dyed look. I like that Coral Nymph – used to reseed itself a good bit. I was surpised none came up this year.

  4. October 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I’m nuts about salvias and they are the work horses of the garden right now that is for sure.

  5. Patsi said,

    October 16, 2009 at 3:11 am

    That was fun !
    Great photos also.
    I find the Ginger flowers fasinating…wonder if I can grow them here…maybe as a house plant.

  6. Nell Jean said,

    October 16, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Great display of Salvias!

    The rain spoiled my butterfly ginger blossom that I intended to show off for Bloom Day.

    Note to Patsi — the white butterfly ginger needs a rest period in winter. I tried bringing some into the greenhouse last year. They died down, just like the ones in the garden. You could probably start one in a pot early, plant it out when it gets warm, and dig the tuber when frost knocks it down, keeping it over like dahlias.

  7. Sweet Bay said,

    October 16, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Oh I love all of your flowers. Your salvias are gorgeous and I love the flower on the ‘China Doll’ canna. Ginger Lily is still going strong here too. I have been meaning to try ‘Blushing Knockout’ for years; it’s lovely.

  8. LeSan said,

    October 17, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Your flowers are so lovely with such a delicate beauty. I look forward to seeing what you post next.

  9. October 17, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Wonderful Jan it is always a treat to visit your lovely garden. I have never seen a Ginger in bloom before it is sweet in a delicate way. Take Care / Tyra

  10. Jean said,

    October 17, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Jan, I notice you have some nice roses now. It’s been a terrible fall for roses up here. I guess it’s just been too much rain and not enough sun. We’re finally getting some sun so if the really cold weather holds off, maybe we’ll get a good rose bloom by next Bloom Day! I just love all your salvias. I love every salvia!

  11. FlowerLady said,

    October 18, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Love your gingers and your confederate rose. I have my first CF grown from seed this year with buds on it and I can hardly wait for them to open.


  12. Carol said,

    October 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Lovely blooms! … and so many! We are having unseasonably cold so not too many blooms here… a joy to see yours though. Carol

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