Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October GBBD 2008

It rained off and on all day today here in Chicago,but I was able to take a few pictures to show.
Leaves are beginning to change color as the daylight hours lessen and nights are cooling.

Most plants have just a few blooms left. Like the Chelone/turtlehead,

A few annual coreopsis,

a Ratibiba pinnata here and there,
gallardia (it just keeps on blooming), the hydrangea,which normally have very yellow leaves by now will continue with a presence all winter long,

and a look at the leaf strewn hobbit garden.

Check out May Dreams Garden for a list of other October Bloom Day participants.


Blogger Dave said...

That hobbit garden is pretty neat! Those gaillardia's are great bloomers. Is that the Arizona sun variety? We have the 'Oranges and Lemons' which has bloomed prolifically since it was planted.

16/10/08 7:49 AM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Dave,the hobbit garden is fun.

I don't know if these gaillardia have a name. They were started from seed and see to be a mix. Some were yellow others mostly red.Most were mixed as in the picture. I like the way they bloom for so long and how the bees have orange pollen pouches after buzzing there.

16/10/08 10:40 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

The burgundy leaves at the top are as beautiful as some flowers, Gloria - is that an Oak leaf hydrangea?
I remember wandering the Illinois garden looking for the few flowers tucking in here and there. Your vignettes make this gardenblog friend smile!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

17/10/08 2:12 PM  
Blogger jodi said...

Lots still blooming in your garden, Gloria. I stopped doing Bloom Day posts this summer when I wasn't feeling well, and there are so many others doing it that I'd rather just read theirs. Still some things blooming here, but it's definitely getting cool and the garden is winding down.

17/10/08 7:50 PM  
Blogger EAL said...

I can't imagine I'll have anything next GBBD. Anyway, hardly worthwhile to post for one dahlia and a rose or something like that. I love the ratibiba.

19/10/08 9:22 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Annie, yes that is an Oakleaf Hydrangea. Even with few flowers the garden is a great place to spend time. I like the shifting colors and light,the chill in the air and whiffs of wood smoke,the sound of crunching leaves and watching each breeze send flurries of leaves through the air like a strange precipitation.
Finding a few bright blooms does bring on a smile.

Jodi,you live in such a beautiful place that the loss of summer bloom is not mournful.Yours were my favorite winter pictures last year even over California Dream gardens. I hope you are soon feeling well enough to share again.

Elizabeth,ratibida pinnata is such a graceful flower. It sends up this tall stem to wave above the grasses luring passing pollinators to the garden.It seems to express the sense of eagerness to get on with it.

20/10/08 9:57 AM  
Blogger shirl said...

Hi there Gloria :-)

I too enjoyed both your first photo with the beautiful red leaf and your fun hobbit garden – quite a des res for our hedgehogs I would say ;-D

I love to see the flowers in gardens from around the world on GBBD. You can see some of mine here if you would like to visit :-D

Ah… but perhaps you’d rather see my latest posting on Piet Oudolf’s garden at Pensthorpe in Norfolk, England. I thought you might :-D

Are you still working as a volunteer at The Lurie Garden?

21/10/08 5:49 AM  

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