Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day!

Here's what's blooming in my garden. We'll start with the roses. This is reliable "Old Blush", an Earth-Kind rose. It was looking very peaked this summer, but as with everything else in the garden, the rains of El NiƱo have been restorative.
Old Blush rose

Up front in this photo is "Dame du Coeur", and she's never looked so good. "Hot Lips" salvia is to her left. I cut the salvia back severely in July at the urging of Cindy from A Daily View, and it responded really nicely. A Mutabilis rose (another Earth-Kind rose) is behind the salvia. It's easy to see from this angle why some call Mutabilis "the Butterfly Rose."
Dame du Coeur rose

I'm not sure what to do with my poor Mutabilis. It's become a big old mess of gangly, floppy canes, seven feet tall and just as wide. I tried to prune it last February and it seems I just made it worse. Any suggestions?
Mutabilis rose

Next, the herbs. The rosemary is covered with tiny blue blooms.

The wild woodsorrel is gone -- it really did not like that cold snap we had -- but the horseherb is coming on strong, and blooming as well.

And, last but not least, the zinnias are rallying.

Here's another 'hot mess' in this garden of mine. The zinnia bed is completely overrun with bermuda and nutsedge; luckily, the flowers don't seem to mind. There will be much work to be done here when the zinnias succumb to the cooler temperatures (and my cast comes off!).

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD on the 15th of every month. What's blooming in your garden today?


  1. It's got to be hard gardening in a cast. Your flowers look great though. That red, red rose! I love it.

  2. Poor you! I hope you heal quickly and get that cast off soon. They sure can slow a girl down--especially when there is lovely cool Fall weather to get out in the garden and enjoy. I can tell by the beautiful flowers you don't have any toddlers lurking about picking all the blooms the minute your back is turned! LOL! Everything looks wonderful, Caroline. Yay for El Nino!

  3. I hope whatever body part you have a cast on right now heals quickly! The Dame du Coeur is a real show-stopper, isn't it? I love your zinnia bed, too. I've got tons of weeding to do, too, but just can't face that chore until it's a little cooler.

  4. Oh my! I just spent the summer digging out horrible infestations of bermuda grass and nutsedge. I'm impressed that your zinnias are so obviously thriving despite the onslaught.

  5. Wow, that red rose is a stunner! Enjoy the fall color and relax with that cast. There is plenty of time later to hunt nutsedge!