Monday, September 15, 2014

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day September 2014

We just came back from a fabulous weekend away in Norfolk and have managed to visit a couple of wonderful gardens and a nursery. Would have loved to have visited a few more and was intending to but alas a weekend was too short and we simply must just go back at a different.

But before we feature the places we visited it's the middle of the month and let's take a look first at some of the few plants that currently in bloom in our garden:

Kniphofia caulescens
Canna 'Cleopatra'
Canna 'Cleopatra'
We have a couple of potted Canna 'Cleopatra' side by side and one them has thrown out bi-coloured blooms while the other only red-orange ones which are past it's prime already.


Tinantia pringlei
Persicaria 'Kunming'
Peekaboo! Begonia grandis subsp. evansiana var. alba
Schefflera delavayi
Mahonia eurybracteata
Gunnera tinctoria
Okay, not blooms but fruits but what the heck! Cyphomandra corymbiflora
We join Carol of May Dream Gardens for this month's Bloom Day! Click on the link to see what's blooming in the garden of other bloggers this month.

Mark :-)

31 comments :

  1. I love your Kniphofia and what gorgeous cannas. I bet you went to East Ruston, it is a great time of the year to go. I wonder if you went to West Acre Nursery in Norfolk? It is one of my favourites, you always find plants there that you don' t see anywhere else. I am going next week.

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    1. Yes we did visit East Ruston, fantastic garden but we ran out of time and didn't manage to see all parts of it (we did have time for tea and cakes though). West Acre Nursery, new to us and will definitely keep in mind next time we go up there again :)

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  2. Wow, those cannas are stunning-love that purple foliage!

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    1. The foliage are great but having those two tone flowers are a great bonus :)

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  3. Your Bloom Day collection isn't run-of-the-mill. I never knew Gunnera bloomed! Technically, they can be grown here but they need so much water they seldom are so my familiarity is limited to pictures. I love the Canna and don't know why I've yet to plant any here. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Perhaps it's time to put in Cannas in your garden Kris, it'll look great in your garden :)

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  4. What a delightful garden! Your colors and textures are awesome.

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  5. Nice stuff Mark ! That Canna 'Cleopatra is oo-la-la ! Look forward to your reports from Norfolk..

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    1. Thanks Kathy! The foliage is enough incentive to have Canna 'Cleopatra' in the garden but the two tone blooms are a fab bonus :)

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  6. Some day I'm going to find a Canna 'Cleopatra' or finally break down and mail order one! Thanks for the update on what's blooming in your garden.

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    1. If only it's easy to send you a division or two Loree! Hopefully you'll get hold of one soon, the bright orange and/or red flowers would be at home in your garden :)

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  7. Hello Mark and Gaz,

    We can always rely upon your garden to give a firework display whatever the season. What a fabulous Canna. This really is a September diva!

    So many good gardens and nurseries in Norfolk, we cannot wait to hear about your adventures.

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    1. That Canna is a September Diva indeed Jane and Lance, with the Kniphofia not far behind :) So many great gardens and nurseries in Norfolk, we actually ran out of time and found a long weekend is simply not long enough.

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  8. When the zombie apocalypse happens I'm going to hope that I'm near a gunnera, and that it's in bloom. I think those things would be perfect for zombie clubbing!

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    1. There's something quite fun and very strange about those Gunnera inflorescence Alan, such an oddity to have in the garden, inflorescence and foliage :)

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  9. Love the flowers in the first photo, and your cannas!

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    1. Those pokers are very showy aren't they Amy? :)

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  10. ooh, love that gunnera, what great colours!

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  11. You´ve got the most unusual blooms :) have a soft spot for flowers of Gunnera

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  12. The fruits are at least as ornamental as any flower.

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  13. As I was reading your blog, I suddenly thought of Gomphocarpus physocarpus 'Hairy Balls' (yes really) as I'm sure it would good in your tropical garden. We grow it at Sissinghurst but it's not hardy. Do you know it? Helen

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    1. Checked it out, great suggestion Helen! :)

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  14. You have so many good blooms at this point in the year. Love the Canna Cleopatra-interesting to see the different blooms. I did order two bulbs this past spring after searching locally. The foliage color is amazing, no flowers on mine yet.

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  15. Wonderful blooms all! Canna 'Cleopatra' is really gorgeous with those dark leaves and red orange flowers! I'll look for that one!

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  16. Those canna are so striking in beauty! I don't particularly like to plant canna in my garden because of its habit to be invasive here in the tropics, but if i will see that i will definitely plant it, so beautiful.

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  17. I love kniphofias (as do hummingbirds!), and have tried so many of them, but despite having such great flowers the foliage always ends up looking like a rat's nest and I always give up on them.

    My Schefflera delavayi, planted later than it should have been last year, made it through a very cold winter and put out healthy new growth this year. Can't wait for it to attain some size!

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  18. I love the way that the flowers are either totally in-your-face or really subtle! Do the canna flowers always vary so greatly? I love that persicaria, I think I am developing a bit of an obsession with them.

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