What's Blooming in October: October Contest Entries

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What's Blooming in October

By LarryR
October 26, 2012

Although our gardens are still officially beset by this year's drought, and we're still about eight inches shy of our average annual rainfall, we've been blessed with some pretty generous rains lately. And despite numerous frosty nights, our gardens are not yet bereft of blossoms. Come on in, see what's blooming, and check out the winner of last month's What's Blooming contest.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 25, 2012 9:29 PM CST
That is such a stunning Dahlia.

The daylily is also gorgeous, as are all of the other photos. I couldn't begin to guess what the name of the mystery daylily is. Sticking tongue out
Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Oct 26, 2012 12:06 AM CST
Thanks much for starting the thread, Lynn. I've been preoccupied with the impending death of my beloved Afghan Hound, Saphira, making sure that she's comfortable and comforted.
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Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Oct 26, 2012 7:51 AM CST
Daylily Cherry Cheeks

I'm so sorry to learn Saphira. I'll keep you and Wilma in my thoughts, and hope Saphira goes peacefully.
Where are we going, and why am I in this hand-basket?
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Oct 26, 2012 9:34 AM CST
I have no words to give that would make it easier for the process you are going through Larry. Just know that I understand. Group hug


Larry, I think Moby did it. Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Oct 26, 2012 10:30 AM CST
Thanks for those comforting words, Moby and Lynn.

Moby, great to see you here! You're absolutely right about the cultivar, but you need to complete the rest of the requirements. Here are the instructions that appeared in the article:

"This photo appeared on the ATP website this month. In order to win, you must name not only the cultivar but must also describe where it appeared and the name of the person who posted it."

I think you may already know the answer. Hope to hear back from you shortly.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Oct 26, 2012 11:00 AM CST
Hurry Moby. Hurray!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Oct 26, 2012 1:39 PM CST
Larry, please allow me to post my condolences here on what you're currently going through with Saphira. As Lynn said, there are no words that can help, but know that our hearts are with you. Group hug
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Oct 26, 2012 5:28 PM CST
Got it ~ whew!
It was YOUR photo and Dave posted it in his article here http://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/994/Welcome-to-Daylilies-W... Green Grin!

PS. I knew the daylily right off as I have admired it in more than one Iowa garden. In fact, at this very moment I'm supposed to be driving to Des Moines for the Lily Symposium. But as luck would have it, I neglected to put my jeans in the dryer. Smiling Wish you could come, Larry ~ it's at the library in Waukee with speakers starting at 10:00.
Where are we going, and why am I in this hand-basket?
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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Oct 26, 2012 11:09 PM CST
Congratulations, Moby!! I hope you have a great time at your event.

Larry, you already know how I feel about Saphira.
Love and hugs to all of you, Laila too.
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Oct 27, 2012 9:39 AM CST
Hooray, Moby!!! I was holding my breath... Thumbs up One good thing about those jeans: Bet they were nice and warm when you put them on. Smiling Would have loved to be at the symposium.

Thank you all so much for your kind words about Saphira. She passed away yesterday.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 27, 2012 11:06 AM CST
Crying I'm so sorry, but I know she lived well until the very end. Group hug
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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Sharon
Oct 27, 2012 11:18 AM CST
Larry and Saphira Group hug
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
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SongofJoy
Oct 27, 2012 11:20 AM CST
Beautiful dog!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Ferns Daylilies Irises Cat Lover
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Sharon
Oct 27, 2012 11:25 AM CST
She was a beautiful and very much loved dog. Majestic and a little bit aloof. But so sweet.
She spread her charm far and wide, Larry. And most of all, she loved you right back.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Oct 27, 2012 11:57 AM CST
Sharon said:She was a beautiful and very much loved dog. Majestic and a little bit aloof. But so sweet.


Yes, afghans are like that. I had a lovely blue brindle many years ago. They are special dogs, indeed! Take care, Larry.

Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Oct 27, 2012 1:12 PM CST
Sharon thank you for sharing that photo with us. Group hug
Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Oct 27, 2012 8:26 PM CST
Back from my little jaunt ~ I think the symposium went well.

I know how difficult it is to lose a 4-legged friend, but a blessing that you could be there for her. Group hug
Where are we going, and why am I in this hand-basket?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Aug 7, 2014 11:52 AM CST
Larry I sure miss your wonderful monthly 'What's Blooming' contest. I looked forward to learning something new from your amazing articles.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
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SongofJoy
Aug 7, 2014 12:34 PM CST
I agree
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
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LarryR
Oct 21, 2014 10:56 AM CST
Thanks for the compliment, Lynn and Tee. I've been bitten by the daylily bug. Green Grin! All my free time in recent months has been taken up by daylily research, ordering, planting, hybridizing, and shipping. There are over 70,000 daylily cultivars listed in the AHS database, so there is LOTS of research to do. Once I feel like I've got a handle on things, I'll start writing again. Best--Larry
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!

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