Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for September 2016.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the garden is on the verge of something big, a grand finale when the asters and goldenrod will burst into bloom and pollinators from miles around will flock to the flowers for their last bits of nectar and pollen before the final curtain falls and…
Well, we won’t mention what comes after that. We’ll focus on what’s blooming right now.
First up, the diminutive boltonia, Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’ is blooming in August Dreams Garden border.
Behind it, or in front of it, depending on where you are standing, the rare goldenrod, Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade’ is just starting to bloom.
The pollinators will figure out quickly that these little flowers are open and they’ll be all over them grabbing that heavy, sticky pollen which isn’t causing anyone to have hay fever, I promise.
Down the way, under the copse of serviceberries, Colchicum blooms have appeared to add a little bright spot in an otherwise dull area.
Nearby, false sunflowers, Heliopsis helianthoides, are still blooming.
I swore I was going to pull them up as they came up last spring because they’ll self sow themselves everywhere, but then they kept blooming, and I got busy so there they bloom, still, undaunted by the grape vines that threaten to smother them out.
Just on the other side of the grape arbor is the vegetable garden. There are not too many vegetables left to pick but there are still plenty of zinnias blooming.
This has been the best year ever for zinnias. I don’t know what will stop them, other than a good hard freeze.
What else is blooming? A few roses, some hostas, marigolds, purple hyacinth bean, liriope, hardy begonias, tall sedum, mums, and toadlilies, to name a few blooms. There are probably more flowers to name, but most are them are leftovers of past months, reminders of the summer that is nearly past.
A lot of people think the end of summer is the end of flowers. We know it isn’t the end, and we can hardly wait for the big finale this fall when the asters bloom in all shades of lavender and purple.
The first blooms are just starting to peak out to see if it is time.
What’s blooming in your garden on this lovely September day? We’d love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us.
It’s easy to participate. Just post about what’s blooming in your garden on your blog, then come back here and leave a comment to tell us what we have to look forward to seeing, and a link in Mr. Linky to make it easy for us to get there.
And always remember…
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence.