Welcome all to the first official fall Bloom Day of 2011. It also happens to be Blog Action day #BAD11, soon, and the subject this year is food. What better way to combine the two, as is done each October, than to open with a shot of food, swiss chard, and flowers, Dahlia ‘Gallery Singer’.
This is the plant that has lit the fire of desire, returning larger each year in the raised box planter. This space must be situated just so for protection against winter’s chill and filled with fast draining compost for the Dahlia ‘Gallery Cobra’ to be so happy.
When several of these large potted Dahlias were seen marked way down at the big box store, impulsiveness took ahold of the shopping cart and all were brought to live in the Fairegarden. Most of the tags were missing, but this one is another member of the Gallery series, Dahlia ‘Gallery Pablo’. The Gallery series is named for famous artists. There were three of these, they were planted in other very well drained and sunny spots as an experiment to check their winter hardiness in our zone 7a. It may have been a mistake, time will tell if they emerge next spring.
One more Dahlia before we move on, the seed grown Dahlia ‘Bishop’s Children’ has switched from single petals in previous years to a double row somehow. Derived from D. ‘Bishop Of Landaff’, this offspring appears nearly identical to the pater, with dark foliage, upright growth habit and red flowers that fade to burnt orange.
Bulbine frutescens had been on the wish list for some time and was purchased last year on a trip to Florida for spring break. It was overwintered in a large pot in the garage with a smaller piece in the greenhouse/sunroom. It is now planted in the ground and is just now blooming. It will not winter over again, the affair is kaput.
This lavender, grown from seed saved from dried flower heads long ago, sited by the old concrete stairs has rebloomed with abundance. It is difficult to photograph, the flowers are small and move about in the slightest breeze.
The massive planting of pink muhly grass along the driveway with the Aster oblongifolium ‘October Skies’ is still not gitting along fast enough. Maybe next month’s bloom day will see it in full regalia.
Check out the blooms from around the world at Carol of May Dreams Gardens official linky list.
Food and gardening go hand in hand. The great gift of soil, seeds, sunlight and water being able to feed humans and critters is precious beyond measure, not to be wasted or trifled with. Growing your own or letting local farmers do the growing for you, shopping at farmer’s markets, is to be encouraged. It affects us all. Read what other bloggers are saying about food for action day by clicking here-Blog Action Day.