This morning I decided to take the photos for September's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, so I can get my post ready for the 15th. As usual, I took way too many, so decided to put some here, which mostly show combinations.
The first photo is from the back yard, in the back of the shed, which faces the driveway. The asters, which have just started opening their blooms, and the coneflower here were transplanted from other parts of the yard early in the spring while they were small. There had been 2 coneflowers, but Heidi dug them all out, and I had to stick them back in, and one of the coneflowers did not make it. I put another there, but it didn't make it, either. I'm thinking she dug it out, too. The obelisks, lid, pots, and rocks are all placed to keep her out.
This is the east side of the house, and the Rudbeckia 'Herbstonne' and helenium have been blooming awhile. I have deadheaded the rudbeckia a couple times. The blue mist spirea is blooming below.
Mountain mint, eupatorium, heliotrope, Fireworks goldenrod, and I think that's Wichita Falls goldenrod on the right. It is not blooming yet:
There are several sweet peas that have ratty looking leaves, but with some deadheading, they are continuing to bloom.
I like to take photos of this flower bed that was started last summer from this spot near the front steps. I need to be deadheading the Queen Anne's Lace, which is between the sidewalk and butterfly stake.
The black eyed Susan vine has been blooming awhile, but seems to be at its peak right now. The agastache is doing well still, too. The cosmos here haven't bloomed yet.
These Menards dahlias are one of the stars of the garden right now.
Volunteer salvia from placing a spent stalk from another part of the yard in the front bed next to a stock bloom:
I need to go out and check out the iris to the left of the cleome. It looks like it is going to bloom. I think this one bloomed in the spring, so it must be a rebloomer.
The zinnias have been disease free until the last week or so. These aren't too bad so far, but the ones across the street have powdery mildew, I imagine these will be getting it, as the verbenias have them.
I haven't gotten the statice and other flowers dried as much as usual, because I have wanted to enjoy them in the garden. The white blooms here are statice, and Heidi is behind the Debonair mum and September Charm anemone.
The celosia blooms aren't uniform, but I like them.
The painter's pallet in front of the house is blooming. It is getting a little too much sun here.
The black eyed Susans have a disease on their leaves, but are blooming still. The amsonia foliage is pretty all season.
Here are some salvia, zinnia, and Mexican sunflower blooms across the street.
Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate is still doing well.
I remember being worried when the zinnias were a bit taller than the Mexican sunflowers, but soon, they took off, and wow, did they get tall! The monarchs and bees love them! The fennel and nasturtiums in the front are blooming, too.
This is bronze fennel that was planted across the path from the other fennel.
I hope the winter squashes mature before the insects and powdery mildew weaken them too much. I like the bloom on them.
I've mentioned I always take photos of our house and yard on my way home when I take photos across the street.
I beati asked me if I grow scented geraniums. I had been meaning to do a post on them. This is the area on the other side of the driveway from the pots I posted for Blooming Friday. I usually grow several each summer, but so far, haven't had many live over the winter when I bring them in the house. I think part of the problem is forgetting to water them.
Here's a closer view.
The only one blooming right now is this strawberry geranium.