Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for September


Is it really September already? It has been a long, warm, dry summer but autumn is on the horizon. The temperatures are steadily back in the upper 60s and low 70s and we are getting sprinkles. There are autumnal hints everywhere in the garden - the Japanese maples and the dogwood tree are beginning a color shift and fall flowers, like Anenome and Goldenrod are blooming. The garden has been full of goldfinches during the past two weeks and hummingbirds have increased dramatically.

Gardener Blogger's Bloom Day, hosted by May Dreams Gardens, is the place to see what is blooming in gardens across the United States. Check out the blog for a list of links.

In the meantime, here are some of the flowers in our garden this month...
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Goldenrod (Solidago 'Fireworks') is a sure sign that the season is changing.


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Crape Myrtle 'Dynamite' finally beginning to bloom. 


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Aster dumosis 'Wood's Purple' and Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima)


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 Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum' still going strong, laughing at the drought, the sun and the heat.


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California Fuchsia (Zauschneria septentrionalis 'Select Mattole'


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Veronica longifolia 'Marietta'


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Hybrid Musk Rose 'Buff Beauty' and Abelia 'Frances Mason'


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Portulaca (Moss Rose), probably our most successful annual. We grow it in pots, in the ground, everywhere! 


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Coreopsis 'Big Bang Star Cluster'


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Kangaroo Paw


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Climbing Rose 'Don Juan' off to a slow, slow start and just now beginning to bloom. I suspect there may be a problem with the plant. I have already had to remove two canes that looked diseased. The blooms are so seductive.


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Compare to 'Double Delight', a rose that don't stop blooming.


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The blooms on the Pineapple Lily (Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy') are dwindling 
but I love that foliage.


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Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum) and Rose 'Emma Hamilton'


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Sourwood Tree (Oxydendrum) with Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose' in the morning sunshine following a rainy night.

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An Anenome that I do not recall planting. 


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Saxifrage (Saxifraga fortunei 'Magenta')


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'Mary Rose'


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Japanese Shrub Mint (Leucosceptrum Japonicum 'Golden Angel')




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Hydrangea 'Pistachio'


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Santa Barbara Daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus 'Profusion')

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Comments

  1. Such beautiful photos. I have to try asters again.

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  2. Beautiful blooms!
    I had forgotten about Moss Rose - so pretty! I am making myself a note to grow it again next year. Thanks for the reminder!
    Have a wonderful week!

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  3. Your front porch looks so welcoming with all of those healthy looking plants blooming. All of your blooms are lovely. Happy GBBD.

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  4. Oh, I would love to find that Dynamite crape myrtle somewhere. The foliage on yours doesn't look quite as dark as what I've seen on some California blogs, though. We've gotten quite a few deluges of rain up here, and our morning temperature was down to 46 today.

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  5. I was always inspired by your Alabama garden, but you've outdone yourself here. Your thumb is not only green but magical.

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  6. I'm jealous ! my Crape myrtle didn't bloom .

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  7. Very nice!

    I can't help but notice that certain plants I grow (the goldenrod, the pineapple lily) look much better in your garden.

    Maybe it's the cooler temps in the PNW? Lower humidity? Better soil?

    Do you irrigate too? (I rarely do anymore.)

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    1. I would guess lower temperatures and less humidity. Maybe the soil? I am not sure. I do have to irrigate. We have not had any significant rain since June, which is typical for this region. It is Mediterranean climate - wet winters and dry summers.

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