Monday, October 15, 2012

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - October 2012

The toad lilies are blooming despite their sulking through the drought this summer. 
 Thankfully we have been having rain this autumn. Everything seems to be responding to the moisture.
 The hardy cyclamen are blooming up a storm.
 I hate to say it but I have forgotten what this plant is below. It was a gift from Cindy. Pllease tell me what it is. It has these beautiful blooms that look like orchids of some sort. I brought it inside just before the first frost and it continues to bloom. It has green leaves that turn purple on the underside. I should know what it is. I had it years ago. My memory has failed me...again.
Other plants blooming at this time are Mums, dahlia, asters, sedums. 
If you have something blooming in your garden this month please join everyone posting on Carol's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, here.


32 comments:

Laurrie said...

Such delicate, sweet purples for autumn! I don't know what the unknown bloomer is, but it is pretty!

garden girl said...

So pretty, Lisa! I don't know what those orchid-like blooms are, but they sure are pretty.

So glad you've been getting rain. We finally got our first (much-needed!) substantial rain in over two months over the weekend.

Kalantikan said...

Hello Lisa, I am always fascinated by the toadlilies wherever i see them in blogs. But i am more fascinated by that bush on your header, how so marvelous!

Gail said...

Hey Lisa and Happy GBBD...it looks like Pleactranthus 'Mona Lavender' to me. My cyclamen was almost a noshow, but they are so cute. Beautiful toad lilies...

HolleyGarden said...

I love bloom day - I am learning that I need to add some toad lilies to my garden! Your blooms are wonderful, and I'm a bit jealous of your cyclamen. Mine are just barely starting to come up, so I cheated and bought some more!

Lea said...

Beautiful blooms!
Happy GBBD!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Toad Lilies what a strange name for such a beautiful flower. We are finally getting rain here after 100 days without any. NO freezes yet so things are still blooming from summer.

Julie said...

Whatever that purple orchid-like/looking beautiful plant is on the last photo...I am in love with it! I am not an orchid fan...but this is really pretty!!!!!

Lee May said...

Ahhh, toad lily. Under-appreciated and such a delightful plant. Enjoy, Lisa.

Rose said...

I do love your toad lilies! I got three of them for free in late spring and planted them in some dry shade. Unfortunately, it must have been too dry of a place, because I haven't seen a sign of them in some time. Sigh. Oh well, I'll try again next year with a better spot.

What a difference the rain has made this fall!

Northern Shade said...

All of your blooms have a delicate spring-like quality to them.

I always enjoy looking forward to the next plant that's going to bloom, so it's great to have some that don't start until fall. I just have to be careful of how late they bloom in zone 3.

SandyCarlson said...

I am glad you have rain. Beautiful flowers!

Jane said...

Love the toad lilies. What type of garden environment are they in that they seem so happy? Shade? Dry/wet soil? Have they been spreading each season? Happy GBBD!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lisa girl that is an interesting plant and yes ! the flowers are like orchids .. so delicate looking.
My toadlilies .. a few bloomed, then we had a very hard frost so all the buds are dropping and sulking beyond belief ! That has never happened to me before! This has been one ODD garden year !!!
Joy

Phillip Oliver said...

I love your toad lilies. I must plant some of those!

Naturegirl said...

Lovely purple treasures still smiling at you! All my flowers are gone. I've cut everything down getting the garden ready for it's long quiet season of rest.I struggled this year with a shade garden amongst the trees...very little sun in my shade garden.
I prefer sunshine gardens.
hugs Anna

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I love toadlilies, I have one like your second photo...have been looking for one full of polka dots. Such a fun bloom. Your cyclamen is sure happy looking. Mine are not as lush as yours....maybe next year. Beautiful!!

shirl said...

A belated Happy Bloom Day to you, Lisa! As always, I’m loving your toad lilies and hardy cyclamen – really must get these plants off the wish list and into my garden too ;-)

Marguerite said...

Oh I love the photos of the toad lilies. One of my favourite plants, although I haven't got any my present garden. I wish I had more shade for them as they are such stunners this time of year.

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Gillena Cox said...

Lisa; thank you visiting me at Lunch-Break; your orchids are surely a delight

much love...

Annie in Austin said...

Good for your toadlilies, Lisa - mine lived and bloomed for a few years but 2011 was apparently too much for them. I'm glad you're getting rain this fall!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

(When I saw Gail's ID I remembered trying to grow 'Mona Lavender' Plectanthrus'... didn't last but the flowers do look like little orchids!)

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I'm envious of your beautiful toad lilies. I've tried a bunch of them here, but it seems to just be too dry for them, no matter where I plant them! Glad you posted a few pics for us to enjoy... :-)

(By the way, I second/third the 'Mona Lavender' ID. I can try to post a pic of mine to help you confirm--I just need to wait until daylight to get a good shot.)

Layanee said...

I have been lusting after cyclamen and there you have them. Love the toad lilies. Each blossom seems so unique doesn't it?

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Lisa, they are all lovely. I don't know what my shade garden would be without toad lilies. I also love cyclamen, but alas, they don't like it much here.~~Dee

Ruchi Jain said...

very nice purple flowers..

Skeeter said...

Your toad lily look so happy! We have wild cyclamen growing in our woods but I have yet to ever spot them blooming. I dont really pay that much attention to the woods during the warmer times though. I am normally looking at a deer or some oher form of wildlife when gazing off into the woods. Warm temps keep snakes on the move so I dont walk into the woods until it has become really cold out there.... Your TN bought beatuy looks like its hanging on. good luck for many blooms after winter is over...

Naturegirl said...

Still blowing fiercly here. I will go back to the beach and weather the storm once again!Power still on
so I blog.

Frank... said...

Lovely set of photos. Colours are great...

Jim said...

You have some very pretty lilies this fall, Lisa. We have been way too dry for any of those. I run the sprinkler three days a week and I think a pot of yellow flowers has started blooming now that it as cooled some.

Did you shut a blog down? I seem to remember this one and another with more recent entries.
..

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lisa..for your Diwali wish..indeed we are enjoying..a day when one makes only happier choices..

Hope you and yours are well and fine..

RS:)

Carol said...

Wonderfully crisp and always interesting!