Our October Blooms

October on coastal Georgia brings bees, butterflies and blooms. While my gardens in New Canaan CT were prepping for a cold Autumn and Winter by October, this climate encourages the garden to continue delighting the gardener. I was fortunate to be able to go on a small private garden tour early in the week on Skidaway Island where the owners were developing a passion for gingers. I love the gingers, so this was a morning I couldn’t pass up.

Many of the gingers weren’t in bloom, but the owner had an I Pad to show us the many varieties he grows.

Today on a warm overcast morning, I drove to the Georgia Southern State campus in Savannah to walk along the many paths that encompass a 268 acre arboretum.

Gingers along a path

The garden areas are spread around the campus, so a long, reflective stroll was the order of the day. Stopping to examine new plants, I tried to photograph the ones unknown to me along with their tags.

The vine above was growing up and through a shrub in the Conifer Garden. Do you recognize it? It is similar to the Blue Moon vine I grow, but I’v

e never seen pink!

I am growing a stag horn fern on a board, at home, but I’ve never thought to grow one on a tree directly, un

til I saw this.

Stag horn fern

I spent an hour walking the campus, so there is much more to see. I may save the rest for another post. But I can’t leave this post without remarking on the glorious Overstory of magnificent trees.

So, check back next week, for a continuation of the walk on campus, once known as Armstrong State, but now part of the Georgia State University system.

I remind you to visit thePropagator http://thepropagator.wordpress.com for a look around a British garden and to connect with other gardeners around the world. His Six on Saturday is always a joy.


About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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2 Responses to Our October Blooms

  1. Anna Warm says:

    Our neighbor has a plant that I now know to be brugsmania. Sounds like a serious mental health problem…….


  2. bittster says:

    Nice to see so many plants still chugging along in the warmth rather than shutting down 😉
    The gingers are cool. I saw a few overwintering in Philly, maybe in another few years I’ll give them a try here!


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