Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Still Blooming in September...

The weather is cooling down and it's been comfortable, in the 60's and 70's, lately. A few days we've even woken up to 45 degrees here in northern VA. The plants are much happier than they were this summer, and I haven't added any additional water in weeks. It has rained on and off, which is just what my garden needed to lose that 'crispy' look.

Aster novae angliae (New England Aster) -- with a friendly fly visitor
Since I didn't get around to posting a 'Bloom-day' post on the 15th, I thought I would do it now because it helps me to keep a record of what's happening in my garden from year to year.  I don't have much to write about--so you can just scroll down and view the photos.

Clockwise, from top L: Rudbeckia hirta (the last Black-Eyed Susan bloom), Gaura, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides,
Phlox paniculata 'Andre', Echinacea purpurea 'Pink Double Delight', Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles',
and center: Perovskia (Russian Sage) with Verbena bonariensis (Purpletop Verbane)

Liriope muscari 'variegata' (Variegated Liriope)

Clockwise, from top L: Coreopsis 'Limerick Ruby' (overwintered well here in zone 7-A), Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub), Agastache cana 'purple pygmy' (Hummingbird Mint), Rudbeckia laciniata (Tall Yellow Coneflower),
Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset', and center: Veronica spicata 'icicle' (Spike Speedwell) -- with friend

Agastache 'Purple Pygmy' with a lighter, orangy-yellow Agastache variety that I planted last year,
which I seem to have forgotten the name of.

Carpet Rose (red and pink varieties) and hips from Rosa rugosa 

Buddleia davidii 'Adonis Blue' (L) & a lighter blue variety -- with a spider friend


Clockwise, from top:  Chelone (Pink Turtlehead), Sedum 'Autumn Joy',
Salvia greggii 'Flame', Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing', Commonelina communis (Common Dayflower -
a 'weed' to some), and center: Kalimeris pinnatafida (Japanese Aster)
(Another photo/collage of Turtlehead with Bluebeard...makes me want to dig them up and plant them closer together!):



In various areas around the front, side and back yards, I have annuals both in the ground, and in pots:

Impatiens
Zinnia

Clockwise, from top L:  Salvia (a variety I planted from seed several years ago, reappears every year in the pot);
Lantana camara (Lantana 'Ham & Eggs' -- NOT a perennial here in zone 7a); Heliotrope; Geranium;
False Heather; Bacoba 'Giant Snowflake'; and center: Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'
There are a few plants I haven't featured (such as Agastache 'Blue Fortune') but that's because it is looking scraggly now so I didn't bother to include it. This time last year, it looked quite a lot better and was loaded with butterflies. Unfortunately, the butterflies were far and few between this year. I do have photos of a few, however, which I'll include in a later post.

For more mid-September blooms, visit Carol's May Dreams Gardens, where gardeners around the world feature what is currently blooming in their gardens.


Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @ http://www.thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/
Not to be reproduced or re-blogged without express permission of the author.

18 comments:

  1. Jan, These are wonderful photos -- so much color in the fall garden. I especially love the liriope shots. -Jean

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  2. Jan, your garden is full of so much color! My eye was really drawn to the purple blooms on the liriope. I planted a few starts last fall, but they never bloomed for me. I suppose it didn't help when my husband thought they were weeds and lopped off the tops with the weedeater:) We didn't have nearly as many butterflies this year either; I was glad to see the buckeyes and red admirals finally appear a few weeks ago, but I'm wondering where they spent the summer.

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  3. Your garden is in great shape, Jan! Stunning photos!

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  4. Excellent macros from your garden! Love the carpet rose.

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  5. In various areas around the front, side and back yards are great idea. I planted a few liriope, last year, but they never bloomed. Same way I done in my sister 's garden and I wonder to watch, there are nearly so many butterflies.

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  6. September can be a great month for blooms, it's almost like a second May with the cooler temps. Gorgeous blooms Jan! :)

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  7. Dear Jan, Your garden is looking lovely! Great collages. I love the red coreopsis, and so many more of your blooms. P. x

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  8. Jan, you flowers surely have welcomed the cool down. They look wonderful. I have a new blog...click on my name it should take you there, Darla

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  9. How gorgeous Jan. I love all of the collages.The variegated Liriope is so pretty. I love it. What a pretty addition to late blooming.

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  10. Super collages !! My garden pales to yours.

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  11. You have some great blooms this time of year Jan, looks very pretty. I especially like your photos of the Liriope....what a cool bloom.

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  12. Glad you decided to go ahead with GBBD even though late--such beautiful collages.

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  13. You certainly have a lot going on right now. I think this has also been the most florific September I can remember. It had to be all the rain we have been having.

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  14. Beautiful blooms, the cooler weather seems to be working

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  15. Beautiful photos as always! Love that you put them in collages. My asters haven't started blooming yet which is really odd but the heat this year pushed a lot back. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  16. Fellow Virginian9/30/11, 10:34 PM

    Hi! I work in a school garden & loved your plant marker (shown in your liverwort photo on your natives blog). They look so attractive yet functional! I was wondering how you made them?

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  17. Wow Jan, each collage is prettier than the last. What a beautiful collection of flowers you have. Don't you love fall flowers? It's raining here today which is so nice because everything is very dry.

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  18. Oh, Jan....you're photos are out of this world. What must you think when you see mine:(

    The Russian Sage caught my eye...cut mine down yesterday and enjoy the fragrance that was released.

    You're a very good blogger and fb friend. You put me to shame. Thank you for all the nice comments you leave.

    donna

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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