It's not often that the sun comes out in Seattle in November. Between last week's set of wind storms and this week's set of rain storms we are having one bright sunny day. Today is a day to rejoice. Tomorrow it's back to researching ark building. So given that the wenches are caught between downpours and a deluge, I hope that Carol over at May Dreams Garden will understand my posting so early this month for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. My camera is not waterproof!
On the hillside there were many surprises. The alpine campanula 'Get Mee' is beginning to bloom--again.
We'd given up on the pineapple sage blooming this year. Guess it's just a late bloomer. It seems to be going strong.
Strawflowers are so bright and cheery.
Salvia 'Mystic Spires' has been a knock-out all summer long. The intensity of color is spectacular.
Wing Nut had brought home several cyclamen and I finally got a chance to get them in the ground. This white one is intensely fragrant.
The variegated wallflowers continue to bloom and their foliage pops during gray dreary days.
Other interesting leaf textures on the hillside include this variegated sage and euphorbia 'Blackbird'.
In the shade garden color is to be found in the containers. The doronicum is blooming again. This leopard's bane was the first thing to bloom back in mid March.
This is Rieger begonia 'Karen'. Wing Nut is particularly fond of this one.
Pericallis 'Senetti Blue' is still blooming. But we seem to have lost the licorice vine that was sharing its pot--they were both annuals from last year that survived the winter and bloomed again this summer.
Pink and orange gazanias brighten the walkway to the patio.
On the patio summer stalwarts are still filling the world with color. Coreopsis and blanket flowers provide sunshine when the sun is nowhere in sight.
This geranium with its neon salmon flowers and variegated leaves is one of my favorites.
The leaves of coleus 'Gay's Delight' contribute to the riot of colors on the patio.
And in one corner of the potager the chard is a bright beacon. We started these from seeds. The tender young plants were a favorite of the slugs. But the plants did manage to recover and thrive.