Thursday, October 16, 2014

October blooms

Enjoying the friendlier weather with a look at what's blooming in my garden this week! I'm a day late, but it's fun to join the others at Garden Blogger's Bloom Day at

I only planted these fall asters (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) this spring but they are abuzz with happy bees this month, full of brightly purple blooms.

In an apparently classic Texas garden move, I have a couple of Mexican mint marigold near my asters, and another providing contrast with this variegated agave. I'm fine with borrowing what works!

Blue plumbago in a pot- a proud survivor of both the summer heat and hungry hens!

Ripening berries on my yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) lending fall color. 

This one is not in bloom, but will be off and on as long as it doesn't freeze: Pigeonberry (Rivina humilis) is a part shade loving native perennial that produces red flowers that are apparently quite a treat for birds. It was part of a shade-friendly native seed bomb pack I threw out last fall and it was a fun surprise to find that at least one seed has grown into a sturdy happy plant without any attention from me. Now I'll need to make sure I don't weed it in the spring!

I hope everyone's enjoying fall!


  1. What a nice group of bloomers! I love all those plants and they are true performers. Aren't the asters great? Mine aren't quite blooming as much as yours are, but they're on the way. The pigeonberry will return rather late next spring--hopefully, with companions.

    1. Thanks! The asters are definitely brightening up my front garden.

  2. I am so close to breaking my long time rule (no plant impulse buys in October - stick to the list!) and picking up a handful of asters. Everywhere I look they are totally gorgeous and as you note, really pulling in the pollinators. Your beds are a showcase for October in Central Texas. My shared plant types are either ahead or behind of yours, which I find fascinating. Microclimates!

    Be patient with your pidgeonberry. In the past I found it helpful to put a stake where the pidgeonberry already grows to remind me to leave that area undisturbed until it reappeared. Here, I look at a spot and think I'll precisely remember it during a different season when I come back to do X, but I don't always remember precisely enough.

    1. Great idea to use a stake- thanks! The microclimates are fascinating- good variation for the pollinators..