Please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see some October blooms in other gardens from around the world.
Here is what's blooming in my zone 9b garden in California's Central Valley:
dahlias and the steadfast geranium 'Rozanne'
the ever faithful 'Don Juan' climbing rose
one very tall zinnia
salvia 'Hot Lips'
Clematis "Madame Julia Correvon' has bloomed almost non stop since spring
Clematis ' Gillian Blades' came back to bloom now that the weather has cooled.
Azalea "Pink Bubbles' also came back with a few blooms...also seasonably befuddled.
Narcissus 'Paper Whites' are just coming into bloom. They were a pleasant surprise and will bloom through next spring. I suppose I should love them for their longevity, if not their
The gardenias (gardenia jasminoides 'Mystery') are looking a bit scruffy, but I do love their fragrance.
Cleome (Spider Flower) 'Senorita Rosalita' has been a constant bloomer even in the heat of summer.
close up of Cleome
'Happy Chappy,' a groundcover rose has had a long bloom season. This is a flattering picture. In real life, he's looking a little faded.
I often overlook the Japanese Anemones, because they are planted in an inconspicuous area.
The 'Butterfly Bushes' Buddleja are at the end of their bloom season.
This is my first year to plant "Butterfly Weed' Asclepias (a host plant for Monarch butterflies) in the Valley garden. We have already seen Monarch butterflies visiting it, probably on their way to their winter migration.
The climbing white rose 'Lace Cascade' is probably planted in too much shade, and although it stretches for the sun, it blooms reliably. It has 'Iceberg' parentage.
'Silver Fog' Euphorbia adds an airy touch to the border.
I haven't yet planted for winter and spring bloom, but I have some pansies waiting in the wings, and I'm counting on Mother Nature to replant some of last spring's annuals for me.
Happy Bloom Day!