Special October Flowers

After several years of growth, August Beauty gardenias at last are flowering. That they are October gardenias rather than August ones is a bit of a mystery but this is a nice time of year for them to thrive.

Gardenia jasminoides 'August Beauty'

Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’

After spotting these in bloom this morning, I walked around to the north side of the house checking on my other passalong gardenias. Those have been blooming five or six at a time for most of the month and indeed, they continue to flower.  Hugging these shrubs are several fall-blooming Camellia sasanquas, wonderfully laden with buds. I was surprised to come across some buds already revealing colorful petals.

Camellia sasanqua 'Hana-Jiman'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’

I imagined I even could detect the fragrance. Looking further I noticed with delight the scent was real as several C. sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ tucked down near the ground were already fully open. The ants discovered them before I.

Camellia sasanqua 'Hana-Jiman'

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’

Also on this north side of the house one more surprise awaited. Never have I had such an early hellebore. It appears to be a fluke but I will be checking this area often now.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

My Gaura never bloomed well in spring but has decided to try slightly to make up for it now. This one is ‘Passionate Blush’.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Blush' (Butterfly Gaura)

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)

Lately I have read with a smile that chrysanthemums are not universally appreciated. It is understandable, they are ubiquitous and maybe old-fashioned, but I like them. I bought four large pots and placed them among the shrubs out front for instant and long-lasting color. A yellow pass-along I was given more than twenty-five years ago is reliably full of of buds and promise in autumn—-no flowers yet but I look forward to them.  And for the first time I am growing ‘Sheffield Pink’ thanks to my neighbor Nancy.

Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink' (Hardy Chrysanthemum)

Chrysanthemum ‘Sheffield Pink’ (Hardy Chrysanthemum)

What special flowers has October brought to your garden?

17 thoughts on “Special October Flowers

  1. theshrubqueen

    From South Florida I thank you for the Camellias! And who knew August Beauty meant October, plants can’t read as far as we know.

    I think Christina from IAVOM told me Italians consider chrysanthemums funeral flowers, whereas I think of Glads!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      You’re welcome! I find camellias more exciting every year. I remember chrysanthemums and glads as funeral flowers too, but it is florist carnations I dislike for that reason.

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  2. Kris P

    I always admire your gardenias, regardless of when they appear! My noID Camellia sasanqua are starting to appear here and there, although I noted that one of the shrubs is clearly in decline, perhaps a casualty of our prolonged drought. My other October blooms are Senna bicapsularis and Barleria obtusa. The Osteospermum were rebounding with the cooler nighttime temps – until another heatwave hit.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris, the gardenias are definitely a treat any time. I looked up Barleria obtusa and it looks very cool. Have never seen it growing here but seems great. I’d like more flowering shrubs.

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  3. Pauline

    Your gardenia is really beautiful, My Yucca flower is the star of the garden at the moment, but the wind has started to blow some of the flowers away!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Pauline. I’d been so disappointed in these August Beauties but maybe they just needed time to mature before flowering. I saw your yucca in GBFD post and it is a standout. Hope the winds calm down.

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  4. Cathy

    Lovely to see the Camellias coming into bloom Susie. I have also had the occasional hellebore open in autumn before… must take a look tomorrow! I still have some determined rosebuds, but am unsure if they will open now.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, the camellias are a welcome sight and scent. Interesting you’ve had early hellebores before. I think my earliest before this one was late December. Hope your roses make it.

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