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October In Bloom


Scabiosa & West Coast Lady

Scabiosa & West Coast Lady

Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! A big shout out to May Dreams Garden for hosting the worldwide flower sharing fest. Lots of repeats from recent months past, but we still have plenty o’flowery action happening out back. We’re not really sure which Scabiosa this is (it was a mystery freebie from Annie’s I planted in a pot last winter). The dang thing hasn’t stopped blooming since May and the butterflies love it. I love how the little periwinkle dots on the wings match the bloom.

Brugmansia sanguinea

Brugmansia sanguinea

Our Brugmansia sanguinea has busting out the blooms left and right. We’ve actually had a decent amount of rain for October, which nearly collapsed the entire thing (I feel like a pruning failure). It’s super floppy… which means as soon as the flower fest is done I’m going to hack it back. Anyone have any advice about pruning it in to a lovely small tree?

Echeveria sp.

Echeveria gibbiflora

Not really sure what this cultivar is, but it’s an Echeveria gibbiflora of some sort. I’m going to call it ‘Fancy Panties’ since I have no idea what cultivar it really and truly is.

Euphorbia myrsinites

Euphorbia myrsinites

Now I haven’t really looked at a donkey tail lately, but what’s up with the common name “Donkey Tail Spurge”? Nothing about this plant reminds me of an equine creature, but I do love it.

Calandrinia spectabilis

Calandrinia spectabilis

Look at that lovely flower! The actual plant itself is all spotty and weird. I’m thinking it’s getting too much water, not enough sun and is in a pot with probably sub-standard (crappy recycled so-so draining soil). We have a couple in the ground that have never been that happy either (they more sun and less water). I see them everywhere around town (even in the fog belt) looking huge and awesome. Perhaps we have the Calandrinia curse?

Petunia exerta

Petunia exserta

I’m still loving our Petunia exserta (almost extinct in its homeland of southeastern Brazil). When we look out over the garden from the living room, the flowers look like floating red stars. I dead head it religiously.

Black Petunia

Black Petunia

My fingers turn purple when I deadhead this one. I’m curious to see how things go for it this winter.

Grill looking pretty

Grill looking pretty

We flipped the grill around a week or two ago, since the Lotus maculatus was putting on a show for the fence. Echeveria pulvinata is back in action again, too. Anyone else out there orange flower fans? I think we need more orange flowering friends.

Fuchsia fulgens

Fuchsia fulgens

Still looking good despite my half-assed transplant.

Dahlia ‘Dark Side of the Sun’

Dahlia ‘Dark Side of the Sun’

Oh geez, I just looked at our previous Bloom Day posts and back in August I posted almost this exact same picture. I’ll be honest. We almost spaced Bloom Day, so some of these pictures are a week or two, maybe three old. Right this very second there are no Dahlia blooms in action.

Fuchsia 'Fanfare'

Fuchsia 'Fanfare'

Are you sick of ‘Fanfare’ yet? It just keeps blooming and blooming and blooming.

Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset'

Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset'

So does Cuphea ‘Strybing Sunset’.

Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' flower

Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'

Happy Bloom Day!



  1. I like the black plants, the petunia, the dahlia. I keep noticing the dahlia at the nursery when I go looking for other things. It’ll make it home one of these days… Happy Bloom Day.

  2. aloha guys,

    beautiful fall collection, thanks for sharing

  3. I love your succulents. They look like they are really thriving in your garden.

  4. Beautiful macros, Matti. The garden is so colorful and lively. Here, dreary and dull, but this is unusual this year. Our weather was a strange one. Happy GBBD!

  5. Love all your unusual for me flowers. I am terrible at pruning. The black petunia is gorgeous. Happy GBBD.

  6. I really like the Petunia exerta… I think I really have not seen a species petunia before.

  7. Such exotic beauties! What a joy to visit.

  8. Your succulent plantings are absolutely captivating! Their colors and textural quality won’t allow me to look away. Beautiful!

  9. I love your garden!! It seems we have very similar taste (why doesn’t that surprise me?) And I can’t wait to try that red petunia – very cool looking!!

  10. Your brugmansia and succulents are gorgeous! I love the delicate and subtle colors in the succulents…so pretty! Happy GBBD!

  11. What an interesting brugmansia. I don’t think I’ve seen it before. You have some wonderful blossoms for this Bloom Day. Love your colors!

  12. Your October garden is amazing! Your plants seem very exotic to me, especially the black petunia. My favorite picture, however, has to be the succulents. Happy GBBD!

  13. I am so loving your succulents – oh the textures and colours are just so beautiful especially planted together like that. That black petunia was recently introduced here in the UK – under the name Petunia phantom. I wish Cuphea was hardy here as the hoverflies just adore it so much – yours is such great colour for autumn.

  14. Orange flower fan ? Right here! Probably my favorites. Had and orange & blue garden , at my previous place. Started by accident. It was on a slope, near the road, ( In upstate NY, that = salt spray.) beyond the reach of my hose(es). Asclepias tuberosa and Echium vulgare were the first things to thrive. They were gorgeous together, and I was off! (on the orange flower kick) A couple of years, I added in brown sedges, and Amaranthus ‘Hot Biscuits’ . ( Brown is color too!) Had more inquiries about that garden any other I’ve ever done.

    Don’t forget the rest of the plant , either. The last two seasons , my star attraction/favorite has been Solanum pyracanthum. :)
    ( That’s how I found Annie’s, and indirectly, you and others, searching for seed for it , after seeing it at our local public garden. )

    • Yep, we love orange! This morning I noticed that our Tropaeolum tuberosum just started to bloom. Another good orangey flowered vine. I planted our second Solanum pyracanthum about two months ago (the first one got eaten by a gopher).

  15. ps Cuphea ‘Strybing Sunset’ added to the (mental) list . :)

    Thanks for that , and all the other pics.

  16. The echeverias are stunning, but I’ve seen donkey tail spurge take over entire yards. Happy GBBD!

    • Yeah, I’ve heard E. myrsinites is a noxious weed in some parts of the country. Ours is in a container & has been pretty slow to do much of anything. I’m a bit of a micro manager out back, so I’m not too worried about it taking over the world in the garden.

  17. So many lovely blooms–I’m especially enjoying them since I can’t grow most of these, like the fuschia. If I had dahlias that look like yours, I’d show them every bloom day!

  18. Garden is looking gorgeous at usual you two! The blooms are so pretty and unusual. And my fav is the hybrid echeveria and aeonium shot. Luscious!

  19. Beautiful post…I think ‘Fancy Panties’ might be the best plant name EVER!

  20. Hi Matti, thanks for stopping by my blog! I left an answer for you there, but I’ll copy and paste it here:

    How sweet of you to leave a comment and translate it to Turkish :) Thank you! Your garden is amazing, I doubt it’s only the climate they love; it must be your green thumb and loving care!

  21. I love all of the variety in your garden. I’m making notes on all of your succulents so I can seek them out for myself.

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