Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for September 2017.
As I almost always do before starting my bloom day post, I looked back at my post for the same month last year. Guess what I found when I did that this month?
Pretty much the same flowers blooming today, with the addition of a few new flowers I’ve recently planted. I don’t mind. I like the predictability of the garden, of knowing what’s going to be blooming at any given time.
I like to think that if you blindfolded me, whisked me away for an undetermined number of days, and then brought me back to my garden, I could tell you within a day or two what the date was in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden here in central Indiana just by looking at the flowers.
I’d look under the serviceberry trees and as soon as I saw the colchicums, pictured above, I would at least know it is September.
Then I’d look at the asters, just starting to bloom and know it was mid-September.
You get the idea.
The predictability, the sameness of the garden offers comfort at times like these when so many gardeners are faced with cleaning up or clearing out their gardens after a violent hurricane or wicked forest fire.
Here in my garden, one of those hurricanes, Irma, is now just a whimper of drizzle and so the blooms continue.
Here’s a quick look through the garden, in no particular order.
I love the pink blooms of the hardy begonia, Begonia grandis. And I like how it is self-sowing a bit.
You really can’t have a fall garden with out some tall sedums. They renamed this plant to Hylotelephium sp. I’m still going to call them Sedums.
It takes all summer to remember why I keep the variegated liriope in the garden. Love the flowers.
Of course fall in the garden means goldenrod. This particular one is Short’s Goldenrod, Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade’, introduced by the horticulturists at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. They discovered it in the wild after it was given up for extinct.
I like how the Boltonia doesn’t hide too much of the sculpture when it’s in bloom.
Mums. You bet. I don’t shun them. I have them scattered here and there in the garden, though sometimes they are hard to photograph. The green comes out weird.
Out in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral, the alyssum I planted way back in early March is still going strong, and is in fact blooming more than ever after resting during the hottest days of the summer.
The marigolds always take longer to start blooming than I think they should, but they make up for their late start with a fine fall showing.
The zinnias are happening still. They’ve been blooming for months.
I like how the Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ blooms turn pinkish in the fall.
These hostas are a nice bloom to see in the fall. Variety? I’m not sure but they might just be plain ol’ plantain lilies.
Out in the front garden, I’m glad I planted Geranium ‘Rozanne’ earlier this spring. They’ve been bloom ever since I did.
And finally, a hint of blue on a cloudy day from the hard for me to remember always have to look it up leadwort, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides.
And that’s a quick walk/run through my garden in mid-September.
What’s blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month? We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us, whether it is your first time or your 128th time, which is how many posts I think you’ve done if you’ve joined in since the beginning, way back when.
It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden and then come back here and put a link in the Mr. Linky widget and leave a comment to tell us what you have for us to see.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence