Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for September 2015.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, a visitor might think I had some mixed up flowers if they came by and saw the Colchicums and Autumn Crocus in bloom this week.
But this is the season for these fall blooming beauties. I rather enjoy them, now that I have them in my garden. They and their spring blooming relatives are like bookends with the entire growing season of my garden in between.
Several of the Colchicums blooming in my garden now were sent to my by Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening. She is quite the evangelist when it comes to spreading the word about fall blooming bulbs like these.
Nearby, the variegated Liriope grass, Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’, which is not a grass at all, is blooming with its lovely purple blooms.
|Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’|
I like how the two look together, the Liriope and the Colchicums, but of course, I didn’t have the sense to provide a picture of them together.
Soon these blooms will wash out and the New England asters, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, will provide all the purple I need and then some.
|First of the asters to bloom|
These are just the first clump of asters to start blooming. There are several other clumps of asters budded up to the hilt throughout the garden, promising a spectacular show in a few weeks. (Isn’t that just like a gardener… “you should see the garden next week”, or the ever popular “it was stunning just a few days ago…”)
Another spot of purple in my garden comes from the Hyacinth bean, Lablab purpureus.
|Hyacinth bean, Lablab purpureus|
Even the pods are purple. And isn’t Lablab a fun botanical name? And did you know purpureus is the only species in the genus Lablab? “Dear Plant Taxonomists, Please don’t take away the genus name Lablab, like you took away Aster and replaced it with Symphyotrichum.”
Speaking of changed botanical names, how about tall sedum? It was once Sedum telephium and now it appears to be Hylotelephium telephium.
I have two colors blooming side by side right now. Yum. I love these easy to grow, never fail, early fall bloomers. And they turn the loveliest brownish-rusty color later in the season. You should see them with little tufts of snow on them. But let’s not think about that quite yet.
What else is blooming? Short’s goldenrod, Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade’, is blooming. That’s what else.
|Short’s goldenrod, Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade’|
This is a great goldenrod, nearly lost to us forever until it was found by horticulturists from the Cincinnati Zoo who helped to propagate it and get it out in the nursery trade, making it available to gardeners everywhere. Get it. You will love it.
Next year I hope to also have Barnardia japonica blooming in my garden, just like it blooms in Elizabeth Lawrence’s garden in Charlotte, North Carolina.
|Barnardia japonica in the Elizabeth Lawrence garden|
I took this picture of Barnardia in Elizabeth Lawrence’s garden about 10 days ago when I visited it for a second time. The wonderful Andrea, who tends the garden now, gave me a little pot of it to take home. It is definitely hardy enough for my garden, as we both figured out by looking it up on our iPhones.
I imagine if Elizabeth had been alive, she would have run inside to her study and looked it up in one of her hundreds of books to verify its hardiness.
While I was visiting the garden, Andrea showed me some of the journals Elizabeth kept to record when flowers bloomed in her garden.
Oh, look, here’s one turned to September.
|Page from one of Elizabeth Lawrence’s bloom day journals|
If you are Andrea and have been studying many of Elizabeth’s handwritten notes for several years, you will see that on September 15th, Lycoris albiflora was blooming. The rest of us will have to take her word for it.
And the same Lycoris was blooming while I was there.
|Lycoris albiflora blooming in the Elizabeth Lawrence garden|
It appears to be marginally hardy for me, but may be worth a try.
And that’s bloom day for me with a wonderful little side trip to Elizabeth Lawrence’s garden.
What’s blooming in your garden as we move too rapidly toward the end of the growing season here in the Northern hemisphere? We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us.
It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden on or about the 15th of the month, then leave a link to your bloom day post in the Mr. Linky widget below and a comment to tell us what you have for us to see.
And remember, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence