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:


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.

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

  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.

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

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

  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.

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

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

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

  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.

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

  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.

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

  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.

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

  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.

  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?

  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.

  18. Oh,'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.



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