What's Blooming in October: October contest entries

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What's Blooming in October

By LarryR
October 17, 2011

October usually spells the end of the gardening season here in Iowa. This year we've been blessed with an extended season as there has been no frost yet. Come on in and see what's still blooming at Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens! Check out the photo contest at the end of the article and take a moment to scroll down farther to the forum to show us some of the flowers blooming in your garden right now.

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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Oct 16, 2011 6:02 PM CST
This is the thread for entries to the Name That Bloom Contest for October.

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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
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 16, 2011 9:04 PM CST
Wow, what an interesting bloom Larry. I haven't a clue as to what it is. Can't wait for some one to come along and tell us what it is.
Melampodium paludosum and Aster novae-angliae make such a lovely combination, so pleasing to the eye. Melampodium is new to me, I will have to remember to try it next spring.

Thank you for another great article.
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Onewish1
Oct 17, 2011 4:35 AM CST
I agree
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 17, 2011 6:52 AM CST
Loved the article .... Adore that beautiful Hot Pink bloom ... whatever it is! It's not an annual that I recognize but it probably doesn't grow here in Florida. I saw a new entry in the database this morning from bonitin that reminds me of this bloom.Tufted Loostrife (Lysimachia thrysifolia):
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Oct 17, 2011 11:43 AM CST
Thanks for the compliments, Lynn, Allison, and Lin. Thumbs up Glad you enjoyed the article.

Lin, I can see the resemblance in the Lysimachia blossom. Actually, the mystery plant will grow and bloom in Florida. Stay tuned. Smiling
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)
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valleylynn
Oct 17, 2011 12:09 PM CST
I'm all ears!
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Oct 17, 2011 12:27 PM CST
It looks like Gomphrena 'Fireworks'. I don't think they know what the species is yet.

P.S. I absolutely love that Asters and Melampodium photo!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 17, 2011 12:31 PM CST
Danita, I think your right. Hurray! Hurray!
It sure looks like it.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 17, 2011 12:41 PM CST
Good job Danita! That's definitely the mystery plant! Now I have to read up on those beauties if they will grow in Florida!!
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Oct 17, 2011 12:58 PM CST
I bet they will Lin. They had them at the UGA trial gardens in Athens, GA in 2009 and they were stunning. They scored a 4.43 (with a score of 5 being the highest.) I've also seem them recommended for the Houston area. They are really pretty and so much taller than the regular Gomphrena.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Oct 17, 2011 1:40 PM CST
Hurray! We have a winner! Congratulations, Danita! Thumbs up As you say, this is a stunning plant. I'm sure it will be very popular, once more gardeners become aware of it. One important thing to remember is that this is a tall plant when mature, so be sure to allow enough room. Mine grew to three feet this year, and I've heard from other gardeners that it often gets even taller than that. And I love the bonus that the blossoms and stems are easily dried for incorporation into dried arrangements.
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: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Oct 17, 2011 3:49 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 17, 2011 5:24 PM CST
Congratulations Danita! Hurray!
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Oct 17, 2011 10:14 PM CST
I love your pic.It really picks up the light and color well.I bought Fireworks for the first time this year and loved it. It tended to flop a little but that was ok..and now I know it can be dried. Anyone know if it comes back from seeds? I have strawberry fields gomphrena that pops up everywhere.
Love your beautiful color combo. And a good reminder to buy melopodiums next summer for me too.
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piksihk
Oct 18, 2011 9:03 AM CST
What an unusual lovely plant...hope it is available here some time in the near future.
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Oct 19, 2011 3:28 PM CST
Yay! That's fun! Big Grin

Anna, I've read that they will reseed like other Gomphrenas.

Here's the patch I saw at the UGA Trial Gardens in 2009. You can see how much taller it is than the "regular" Gomphrena in the foreground.



Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 19, 2011 3:44 PM CST
Very pretty!!
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Oct 19, 2011 7:05 PM CST
Thank you Anna, Betsy, Danita, and Lin for your kind comments! It's always fun to try new plants, and this is an exceptional one.
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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