Bloomday October 2021
My garden is looking pretty grim this month--it's just so very dry as we enter our 7th month with zero precipitation. I've intentionally cut back on watering and it shows, but as the sun lowers and nights get colder it seems pretty pointless to waste that precious resource on plants that are about to descend into dormancy. This upcoming weekend I'll start cutting a few things back , pull some annuals and plant some spinach seeds. Here are the slim pickins' I have to share this month.
Chasmanthium latifolium, one of my favorite grasses . I'll be moving it to new quarters this winter -some tree branch removal on a neighbors part has left it in too much sun. I was really thrilled with the shade reduction but I need to address the collateral damage .
Mahonia 'Soft Caress'
Cutest groundcover ever, Cotula lineariloba 'Big Yellow Moon'. It's enthusiastic but takes well to chopping.
NOID Aster with Spirea 'Ogon' . The rest of the Asters are done for but this one will have a week or two more-nice long stems for arrangements.
'Bolero', the only decent looking rose left.
Cuphea 'Starfire Pink' . This plant had a slow recovery from winter so I'll pile some mulch on when the first frost hits and maybe it will wake up sooner. It's about half the size it was last year.
Asteriscus maritimus 'Golden Dollar'. This African native has been first rate. It has a pleasing mounded shape , about 3ft wide by 18" or so high. It lives in my Agave meadow and gets very little summer water. Blooms for months, hardy to zone 8.
A particularly crappy photo of a couple late blooms pushed up by Leonotis .
Be sure to drop by May Dreams Gardens where Carol hosts Bloomday each month.