|Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade’ and Aster ‘Purple Dome’|
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for September 2013.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the last few days have finally felt like fall, with crisp, cool mornings and nice breezes.
Before that we experienced, within the last week, near record and record-high temperatures in the 90’s (Fahrenheit). In the last 45 days or so, we have also received little to no rain, and this was after a summer that was doing so well, with moderate temperatures and rain when we needed it.
But we must grow our gardens with whatever Mother Nature provides for us and this dry spell is nothing compared to last year’s record-setting drought.
In my garden, the goldenrod, Solidago shortti ‘Solar Cascade’ is in full bloom and the first blooms of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’ (formerly known by the much more easily remembered name, Aster) are just starting to reach their crescendo.
Nearby another aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Alma Poetschke’, blooms.
|Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Alma Poetschke’|
Across the way, in the garden border I refer to as Plopper’s Field, where flowers are plopped in wherever there seems to be an open spot, another Aster, alsoo Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, is just starting to bloom.
This aster is a passalong plant from my Aunt Marjorie, who died almost three years ago. She told me that she had once given some of these asters to my Dad, but he thought they were too messy for his garden so he didn’t keep them. They are not too messy for me.
I also call them by another well-known common name, Michaelmas Daisies, because they should be in full bloom around the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, September 29th.
Back across the garden, marking the entrance to the path I call Ridgewood Avenue (do you know why I call it that?), another late blooming perennial, Hylotelephium telephium, which you probably know as Stonecrop or Tall Sedum or Sedum telephium, is blooming.
I have a couple more patches of Tall Sedum in a few other spots in the garden, too, because once you have a little of it, you have a lot of it. It is easy to dig up and divide.
The rest of the garden is dotted with the floral flotsam of summer, blooms that have been hanging around, through the dry spell, providing bits of color here and there.
One such piece of floral flotsam is the ever-blooming Sunny Knock Out® Rose (Rosa ‘Radsunny’).
|Sunny Knock Out® Rose (Rosa ‘Radsunny’)|
Another bloom that has lingered from August is Lo & Behold® ‘Blue Chip’ Buddleia. I have six of these low growing butterfly bushes planted on both sides of my front walkway.
|Lo & Behold® ‘Blue Chip’ Buddleia|
They are covered with butterflies and bees. When I walk up the front walkway, those pollinators all scatter, probably scolding me as they go. But if I stop and stand there for just a few seconds, they all come flying back and I am surrounded by them. I am tempted to get a cushion and just plop myself down on the front walk to see the show of pollinators. It would be better than anything on TV.
But before I do such a thing, I have just one question to ask.
What’s blooming in your gardening on this mid-September day?
I would love to have you tell me about your blooms and invite you to join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day to do so.
It’s easy to participate and all are invited!
Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see so we can pay you a virtual visit. Then put your name and the url to your post on the Mr. Linky widget below to make it easy to find you.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence