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A Glorious October Bloom Day
Lobularia maritima, Sporabolus heteroleptsis and Symphyotrichums laeve 'Bluebird' and novae angliae

Once again, it's time to showcase what's blooming as part of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. October is one of my favorite months of the year, and this October hasn't disappointed, with the Nanoprairie in full bloom. Indian summer has come and gone, but the blooms remain. Soon, though, the tender things that have begun blooming with abandon will have to come inside, such as this Fuschia.

It has never bloomed so well during the summer.

Back for a renewed season of bloom are the lavender

Lavandula 'Hidcote' and Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies'

and

Dianthus 'Cranberry Ice'.

Aconitum carmichaelii

Monkshood have beautiful foliage all season, but the blooms are so worth the wait.

This is a new Knautia macedonia, 'Thunder and Lightning'.

I'm so pleased with how the Nanoprairie looks with the addition of a magenta New England ex-Aster from the back garden to set off the smooth blue ex-Aster 'Bluebird'.

The mother plant is a volunteer seedling. The wishy-washy pale pink Symphyotrichum novae angliae 'Harrington's Pink' (seen in the top photo) will be removed next year, to give this beauty more room.

What else is blooming:
Actaea simplex 'James Compton'
Anemone x hybrida 'Andrea Atkinson' and 'Party Dress'
Aster tataricus
Callibrachoa 'Blackberry Punch'
Campanula 'Samantha'
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Ceratotheca triloba alba (South African foxglove)
Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink'
Clematis 'Evipo 031' (Bonanza) and 'Silver Moon'
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Rose Bonbon'
Diascia
Eurybia divaricata
other Fuschias
Geraniums 'Blogold' (Blue Sunrise), 'Bob's Blunder', 'Jolly Bee', Rozanne', nodosum 'Svelte Lilac'
Helleborus x hybridus 'Pink Lady' (just one freaky flower)
Heuchera 'Citronelle', 'Fire Chief', and 'Raspberry Ice'
Knautia macedonia
Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'
Osteospermum 'Soprano Purple'
Pelargoniums
Petunias
Phlox paniculata 'David' and 'David's Lavender'
Rosa 'Carefree Beauty'
Sanguisorba 'Tanna'
Solidago 'Fireworks'
Symphyotrichum ericoides 'Snow Flurry'
Thalictrum thalictroides (Anemonella)
Tropaeolum majus (nasturtium)
Tricyrtis 'Gilt Edge', 'Gilty Pleasure', and 'Tojen'

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