Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - October 2014

Things are largely winding down in the garden so pickings are a bit slim for this month - I must make an effort to plant fall-blooming bulbs and perennials next year! - but the marigolds are still going strong. Moreover, their warm oranges, yellows, and reddish browns suit the season perfectly.

Tall African marigolds (Tagetes erecta)

Spontaneous color variation in 'Tashkent' French marigolds (Tagetes patula)

Luckily, quite a few things should be gearing up to flower indoors in the coming months. And I have been buying bulbs for forcing, and I am sure there will be the occasional spur-of-the-moment flowering house plant acquisition as well.

16 comments:

  1. Nice shots of warm colour on a grey day here :)

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    1. Today was probably our last really warm day here as well.

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  2. I have been away from your blog for a while but how wonderful to see your garden again with my favorite, marigolds.

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    1. Nice to have you back! Marigolds are favorites of mine, too, though I much prefer these tall and messy older varieties over the very dwarf bushy little ones one usually sees.

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  3. I love the 'Tashkent' marigolds! Great colors. I'm also gardening mostly indoors now, and will be restricted to container gardening outdoors next summer. It's amazing what you can grow that way, though!

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    1. Indeed! This summer has actually been the first that I have had an actual garden plot in the ground here. Even so, I still grow many plants, including some of my favorite treasures, in pots on the balcony.

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  4. I planted a large number of marigolds this year, and I have really appreciated all of the yellows, oranges, and reds this fall. I direct sowed a variety called 'Jaguar' into my vegetable bed and am very happy with it. It grew taller than most, and has single flowers rather than the bushy ones. It also makes a great cut flower. Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. I will have to look up 'Jaguar'! There is a growing list of further varieties to try next year. If only one had unlimited space...

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  5. Wow i love your darker marigolds, i wonder why we only have the yellows and orange here!

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    1. As far as I know these dark shades only occur in the shorter French marigolds (Tages patula); maybe most of those planted in your area are African marigold hybrids (Tagetes erecta)? The availability of certain plants or particular varieties in a particular place is also always subject to locally prevalent tastes and the influence of the local nursery trade. In order to get these taller, more old-fashioned marigold varieties I have to mail-order seeds since none of the local nurseries carry seeds or transplants of them.

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  6. My marigolds are all past their prime by now. Yours still look great!
    Ray

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    1. They will not be around for very much longer here, either; it is supposed to get cold soon.

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  7. Your garden looks amazing for this time of the year! I wish mine was looking like yours!

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    1. You are too kind! Now it is fading fast, though, and we might get frost over the weekend.

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