I somehow missed Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day this month, but there are still some beautiful flowers in the garden that I wanted to share:
Even after a year filled with Calendula blossoms, this might be the biggest and most perfect pot marigold bud I have ever managed to grow
'Resina', bred for commercial use in cosmetics and such, is a bit daintier than the purely ornamental selections of Calendula officinalis, but it is a beauty nonetheless, and in the garden here it flowers almost non-stop, ceasing to bloom only briefly in the hottest weeks of July and August and when the garden is under a thick cover of snow
There is always something exquisite about Petunia exserta, even if its true color is almost impossible to capture, perhaps because it is simultaneously so clearly a petunia and so un-petunia-like
I also did some actual gardening work today - I pricked out a handful of florist's cineraria (Pericallis x hybrida) seedlings. An old English book about gardening in the cold greenhouse says that they go into bloom as soon as they become pot-bound and thus only grow as big as the pots they are in allow. I therefore moved the seedlings directly into fairly big clay pots, even though they are tiny. Hopefully they recover well from the stress of transplanting and grow nicely through the winter. I have visions of big mounds of blooms in all shades of white, pink, purple, and blue come spring...