Mopping up the earlier report on blooms in October that was abridged due to technical issues…
Your garden’s looking very colorful for late October! I love the Solanum vine and that Eryngium pandanifolium – didn’t you grow the latter in your zone 10 garden too? Pinching dahlias when they’re small helps a lot – mine took so long to get going this year that I missed that early window when it makes the biggest difference.
@Kris, I did bring up E. pandanifolium from the Long Beach garden — there’s still a huge clump there so let me know if you want a piece. I have to say it does perform better in zone 8b though…
Eryngium pandanifolium is a star! I wish I had the space for it.
Wow. That dazzling dahlia definitely has Chihuly vibes.
Not sure why, but I never considered growing Solanum laxum, even though I love it’s look. Now that I read your glowing endorsement, I’m going to give it a try, even if it may not be as hardy in my N. Seattle garden.
@Loree, it takes up less space here at the coast. In Long Beach it makes a massive sprawl of leaves. I clean up tattered leaves in spring like for a phormium — they usually come out with a tug.
@nikkipolani, the colder night temperatures are bringing out really intense coloration on the dahlias. First frost was last night, a light frost, so the dahlias get a reprieve!
@Chavli, bear in mind I have kind of low-key taste in plants! It grows more rampant in zone 10, so I’m really enjoying its quieter ways up north.
Cool plants. Garden looks good–when does it really shut down up there?
@Hoov, two nights ago was the first night cold enough to shut down the dahlias, so that’s a definitive shutdown!
Definitely not as much floral color left for us inland. Frost took out quite a bit, but the fall colors are in full swing. The solanum vine is a beauty. Nice to see something in the tomato family that does so well in cooler weather.
Lots of gorgeous Fall color. I quite like that Salvia Amante.
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