Sunday, October 17, 2010

Belated Bloom Day...

Every month on the 15th, Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, which I think is a very cool idea. But the 15th didn't work so well for me this month to post my blooms, so I am a couple of days late. I have a number of different plants still blooming, but I thought I would show you my Salvias, since Salvias really shine in the Fall. There is just one stalk of blooms on my Salvia "Blue Hill." Its blue goes well with the weed flowering next to it.

Along the walk to the back door, Salvia farinacea is a beautiful blue to go with the reds and pinks of my reseed Salvia coccinea.

Salvia coccinea has reseeded itself prolifically in front of the house. Also in this picture are the white wild Asters. ( They planted themselves there. Read "weed.") And Salvia guaranitica 'Argentine Skies.' And some left-over Buddleia blooms.

Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph' has reseeded itself also. It has a little more peachy tones than some of my pink Salvia coccinea.

My white Salvia coccinea has also reseeded.

I have two Salvias that have yellow blossoms. Both of these I got from Plant Delights Nursery. The first one is Salvia nipponica 'Fuji Snow.' You can't see the "snow" part right now, but in Spring, each leaf has a beautiful white edging. This disappears in Summer. (The sun was really bright on the plant this morning.)

And then the flowers appear in the Fall.

My other yellow-flowering Salvia is Salvia koyamae. Oh, both of these Salvias grow in the shade, although in my garden, they receive some morning sun.

I am looking forward to both of these spreading throughout my shady garden. The white kitty in the background is Princess.

I have a Salvia greggi blooming. I don't remember which one it is. It's in the shade because I put the container there when I went to Maryland, but it is supposed to be in the sun. It does seem content in the shade, though. I think I am going to put it in the greenhouse for the winter.

This picture of Salvia guaranitica 'Argentine Skies' really doesn't do the color justice, but I sure do enjoy this plant. And so do the hummingbirds.

One of my absolute favorite Salvias is 'Indigo Spires.' It was one of my first blue-flowering plants when I started collecting blue-flowering plants.

A "spire" of 'Indigo Spires.'

My Bloom Day photos wouldn't be complete without Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue.' And a honey bee. Thank you for coming by to visit!

Have a beautiful day!


David, Melanie and family said...

My Goodness! I'm stunned. You must be the Salvia Queen of all Gardening! My friend Mary at Mary's Louisian Garden also loves salvias.
You have a beautiful garden.
happy GBBD
David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston

Ruth said...

Hi, David, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I even forgot to post one of my Salvias! :) I'll have to check out Mary's blog. :)

howvastthesum said...

Your salvias are beautiful! I was going to post that I loved the pink one, then I scrolled further and saw the white one, then the blue ones at the end....stunning.

I don't always comment, but I always look.

Oh, and in case you are unaware: the wild asters that took over one of my beds are in such profusion that we can smell them when we walk by. A heavenly fragrance, and one more reason I don't always pull all the "weeds."

Connie said...

Ruth, I enjoyed seeing your salvias. Makes me want more. Think I have 5 varieties including a sage. One of my salvias came from a packet of mixed seeds. Have no clue it's name, just know that it blooms all summer. Even handles dry hot weather well. Definitely a plus for our area.
Thanks for putting a name to the white flowers we have all around here on the farm. Believe I'll invite some into our yard. Have seen purple in the past, just not this fall.

Ruth said...

howvastthesum - I'm glad you always look even though you don't always comment! :) The wild asters here aren't fragrant, so I envy you in that. I love fragrant flowers! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Connie - The asters are popular with the bees this time of year, so they are good to have around. I have sage as well, but, as you know, it blooms in spring. :) I love Salvias! I wish I could grow more of them, but some just aren't suited to this area. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Carol said...

You have so many lovely blooms and I would imagine Hummers enjoy visiting them too... or did. I love the Salvia Indigo Spires! Beautiful photos! ;>)

scottweberpdx said...

Great post...I'm a huge fan of Salvias too! I need some of these other varieties...especially Indigo Spires...I've been eyeing that one for some time now. I agree, Black & Blue is one FABULOUS plant!

sweetbay said...

You have a lot of beautiful salvias! The only one that has come back reliably for me is Transylvanian Sage, and I hope S. greggi 'Dark Dancer' survives. Salvias are so wonderful for summer and fall color!

Ruth said...

Hi, Carol, the Hummers DO love my salvias! Indigo Spires is great!

Hi, Scott, I, too, love Salvias. They are some of my very favorite flowers.

Hi, sweetbay, Thank you! I really would like to grow even more Salvias. I like them so much. I don't have Transylvanian Sage. I'll have to look for that one. S. greggi in general don't seem to live very long for me. That's one reason why I am going to try putting the one in the pot into my greenhouse.

Thank you all for stopping by and for leaving your comments! :) I love hearing from you! :)