I started blogging in October, 2008. It didn't take long to find Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, after noticing people's GBBD posts. I did a September bloom day post, because I had photos from then, and was excited to become involved. So, I've sort of been participating in GBBD for a year.
I took these photos a couple days ago, in the morning after a rain. (I can't remember all of the varieties of the plants I have, so I'll just say what I do know.) I started in the back yard.
I've given up some of the deadheading on the basils. This is Siam Queen Thai basil.
The Gerbera daisy hasn't bloomed much this year, but is looking lovely now.
This angel wing begonia will be coming inside when cold weather gets here.
I couldn't get a good photo of the Sweet Autumn clematis on the other side of the deck, so used this one of the inside of the deck.
I've posted before about some flowers I did not plant. Well, it took me a little while to figure out the plant growing right next to my Wichita Falls goldenrod was a canna. I asked about whether it could have come from one my mother-in-law planted over 11 years ago, and was told it probably seeded from a neighbor's plant. I'm not a huge canna fan, but let it grow. I'm still not certain whether I like it or not, so I may or may not try to dig it out to store over the winter.
The taller than me Rough goldenrod is almost finished blooming. The false sunflowers on the other side of the fence are almost finished blooming.
The impatiens that seeded themselves are doing quite well.
The snail vine that was planted in the ground is just starting to bloom, and is mixing it up with the clematis I didn't get deadheaded.
I like the color of this lantana.
Moving to the side yard, I'm glad a couple moonflowers planted themselves in with the grasses by the garbage cans. I like them better than the grasses. This one is hiding behind some hollyhock leaves.
There are several anise hyssop plants in this area from seeds dropped last year.
One of the annuals I got for 75% off to fill an empty spot:
I thought the spiderworts were finished blooming, but this one surprised me.
Now, we're in the front yard, where kiss me over the garden gate is still one of the stars of the show. The black eyed Susan vine underneath is doing quite well, too. The tall bloomless cosmos are to the right.
The Immortality iris has been blooming a few weeks. The Black and Blue salvias and celosias have bloomed most of the summer.
The dahlias from Menards are the other attention grabbers in the front, and have demanded to be posted on every time blooms are involved. The Mexican sunflowers in the upper right corner are not as tall as those across the street, but are doing fine, and the insects like them, too. Oh, and I can see the rattlesnake master behind them.
Pink Butterfly pentas:
September Charm anemone:
Volunteer cleomes have been blooming most of the summer:
The cosmos I planted the seeds of are just starting to bloom in the tub, and the ones in the ground have no buds yet.
There are lots of blooms on these dahlias planted in a wash tub.
This hosta that was given to me by a friend who died from brain cancer a number of years ago is blooming.
The orange celosias that came from last year's plants survived being moved while blooming a few weeks ago. I remember reading that they did not need to be deadheaded, so was surprised these came up and looked the same as the parent plants.
Fireworks goldenrod is one of my very favorite kinds of flowers. They are loved by bees, butterflies, and other insects too.
I planted these orange portulacas in the spots left when I moved my perennial geraniums to the garden across the street, knowing new curbs were being put in. They didn't even stop blooming when I took them out for the repairs and then put them in new spots. They seem to enjoy the company of the Woods Purple asters that joined them.
These are some of the lantanas I put in pots to put in empty spots. This one is next to some of the Fireworks goldenrod. A few sprigs of it can be seen in the photo. I wish I had planned it this way, as they look awesome together.
Peach Melba nasturtiums have been blooming across the street a few weeks, and I keep forgetting to include them. I didn't realize they would be 2 toned. I think I like the single colored ones better, but at least these are blooming well. Some years I don't get many nasturtium blooms. I keep forgetting to add some to salads.
Happy September Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day! I hope we have time to visit each other and see what all is still blooming in each others' gardens! Thanks for continuing to host this, Carol!