Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for September 2020.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana we stopped getting rain around mid-August and the garden is dry as dust. And that is making it look a little (a lot) rough around the edges.
Still, I found some blooms and plenty of them. Plus I am pleased to have spotted lots of bees and butterflies too. They are going quickly from bloom to flower to flower to bloom getting all the nectar they can before our first frost which could be as soon as a month from now, if not sooner.
This month, I uploaded the pics in random order. Above is a variegated lily turf, probably Liriope muscari because it doesn’t spread aggressively like Liriope spicata. I’ve lost the tag, as usual, so don’t know which variety it is.
I’ve grown it for years and it is pretty low maintenance and blooms late. Plus it isn’t difficult to dig up and divide if you want to spread it around a bit.
I know I featured zinnias last month but they are still going strong so here they are again.
Yes, that is a six-foot tall privacy fence so you can see they are having a great year. They don’t mind the dryness at all.
My goldenrod, Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade’ is blooming now too.
I have to be honest and say it is half as nice as it should be. A bunch of it has died back and I’m not sure if it is this prolonged dry spell or something else. I hope it is just the dry spell. If you are interested, Dee and I talk about goldenrod and other fall blooming plants in this week’s episode of our podcast, The Gardenangelists.
I took a picture of these snapdragons because I planted them way back in March and they are still doing well and blooming nicely in September. That’s good mileage out of an annual flower.
They would be even nicer if I kept them deadheaded.
We expect asters to be blooming in September, and there they are, just beginning to open up.
They’ll be in full bloom in another week or so.
Give it some shade and let it self sow and eventually, you’ll have some to share with others.
There are lots of bees on it.
I do see lots of pollinators on the tall sedum.
I have these in a couple of places and will leave them standing through winter. It’s another good perennial to dig up and divide and share with others.