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Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - September 2021

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' Last week I wrote about the joys of new Abba and Vera and this week there is more excitement - we have rain in the forecast! And the possibility of a good rain - at least one inch. Keep your fingers crossed for us. We are in dire need of it and I'm sure the plants would be overjoyed as well. Despite the drought, there are lots of blooms in the September garden. I will start with the container plants which get daily watering. Note to self - less containers next year. Two matching baskets hang on the pergola - they are filled with Begonia 'Bonfire' and Fan Flower ( Scaevola ). I don't remember the name of this begonia. I've overwintered it for the past two winters in the garage.   I tried to overwinter Hell's Bells ( Datura ) last year but it didn't make it. We liked it so much that I got another one this year. Oxalis 'Plum Crazy' Another beautiful begonia (a customer recommended this one) and an overloaded fuchsia at

New Ginkgo Tree

This is the view outside our front window right now. I finally decided on the Ginkgo variety 'Princeton Sentry', which grows in an upright, conical habit. I think it provides some height and adds more definition to the area.

It just started changing color a few days ago and did it all at once, overnight it seems.

Notice the huge maple on the right across the street - it is absolutely stunning right now especially when the late evening sun hits it. It absolutely glows.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Yes, your new Ginko fits in perfectly.

  2. A fabulous new addition! Happy new tree to you!

  3. What a fantastic view and congrats on your new addition. I love the shape of Ginkgo leaves, and "upright, conical habit" is so perfect for a smaller gardens. Wonderful choice.

  4. I love the colour changes in the trees. You are lucky to have a neighbor with a maple. Wish I had one! Groetjes,

  5. Excellent choice. They really light up on a sunny autumn day. That maple across the street will have some serious competition.


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