Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for September 2012.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6b garden, we are recovering from the Drought of ’12, having been blessed with quite a bit of rain in August and now September.
As I look around the garden now and think back to July when it was so hot and dry, I am amazed at what is blooming and re-blooming and I am thankful to have any garden left at all.
I am thankful for the one flower of Sweet Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia subtomentosa, pictured above.
I bought one seedling of this native plant at the spring plant sale at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and planted it at edge of the border called August Dreams Garden. Had I known it would not see rain for three months, I might not have purchased it, so I’m glad I didn’t know then what I know now about the drought because it is a sweet addition to my garden. I hope that it grows and reseeds wildly in future years.
I am also thankful for the little blooms of the Oxford Orphanage Plant, Kalimeris pinnatafida ‘Hortensis’.
I got this plant directly from the gardens of Elizabeth Lawrence when I visited there earlier in the summer. Rest assured that this prized plant, which Lawrence would likely have known by the name of Asteromea mongolica, will be planted out in the garden before the end of the weekend so it can establish itself long before the ground freezes.
I am thankful for many other blooms in my garden.
In fact, there are so many blooms to be thankful for in my September garden, beyond the usual asters and sedums that one would expect to be blooming now, that I’m showing them as two collages rather than one by one.
There are scads of pink and purple blooms.
There are also lots of yellow blooms.
Did I mention I was thankful to be looking back on the drought rather than wondering when it will rain again?
How’s your garden blooming on this mid-September day?
We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and tell us all about what is blooming in your garden.
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence