Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for September 2021.
Here in my USDA hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the colchicums are up and flowering. They are a nice, bright surprise, blooming where little else is showing color. These are multiplying enough that next spring, I may dig and divide them in the green and put some in my front garden.
Because when flowers like these bloom in my front garden in the fall, my neighbors mistake them for the crocuses that bloom in the spring and think I have magical powers, or at least a pretty good green thumb.
Elsewhere in the garden, zinnias are holding steady and staying strong.
I don’t really deadhead them. Other than cutting a few to enjoy inside, I just let them bloom themselves to frost.
Steady and strong is not how I’d describe the lone sunflower that wasn’t pecked out and eaten as a seedling by the rabbits or birds or whomever.
I should have maybe featured it in August! Oh well. I’ll leave that seed head for the birds. It’s fun to watch those little birds hang upside down to get to the seeds.
Elsewhere in the garden, the hardy begonias are blooming.
I like to let these go to seed so that they spread themselves around a bit. In fact, these came up from seed from another bunch of begonias on the other side of this flower border. Those original begonias have died out in that spot, so I’m please to have these.
Okay, okay, okay. The garden fairies insist I go back to the Vegetable Garden Cathedral to show how nice the nasturtiums I grew from seed look.
They demand I grow them from seed now every year, along with marigolds.
Now I insist you look up on my violas, some Sorbet varieties I planted out last week in hopes they will overwinter and return in the spring.
Then gaze upon the lone viola that has so far returned from the heat of summer, which I think will be more of an issue for me than winter will be in getting these violas to perennialize.
And that is enough for this bloom day post, which I shall end with apologies to tall sedum, toad lilies, mums, and leadwort which didn’t make the cut this time around. Maybe next month!
What’s blooming in your garden in mid-September? 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 around the 15th of the month, then come back here and leave a comment about what you have blooming in your garden, plus put a link in the Mr. Linky widget to show us how to get there.
We can have flowers nearly every month of the year. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence