Friday, October 23, 2009

Blooms and Seedheads

In Sweden, where Katarina, from Roses and Stuff lives, it is Saturday, making my Blooming Friday post a day late. She doesn't mind, though, and I'll go give her my link when I get this posted. Her theme for the week is seeds and seedheads.

The blooms on the German statice dried on the plant this summer, and I never got them picked to bring inside because I enjoyed having them in the garden.

This lone seedhead on the clematis by the veggie garden looks pretty still.


I'll want to collect some of the datura seedheads, as there will already be lots more moonflowers than what there is room for.

The Virginia mountain mint is still looking great. In the summer, the blooms are white, and loaded with wasps and bees.

This photo is from the 20th. I found it when looking for camera critter photos. It's a spent zinnia.

I meant to pick the blooms from this globe thistle to dry this summer, but didn't get to it. They will plant themselves if I don't remove the seedheads.

The short toothed mountain mint looks pretty good all season, too.

This is the second year for the Queen Anne's lace to bloom, but last year it bloomed later in the season, and didn't have nearly as many blooms. I had been doing a good job cutting the seedheads to dry, but the plant just kept blooming away. Soon, I will need to be snipping these off. I wonder how many new plants will come up next year.

This hollyhock photo was taken the 20th, also.

There are some yarrow blooms behind the blackberry lilies.

The 'Pia' hydrangea bloom was finished awhile back, but last year, when I picked the one set of blooms, the plant didn't bloom again, so I left it on this year. This is the only one that grew, and it was on the same stem as last year's.

There are still some blooms that I haven't shown lately. The catmint has a new flush of blooms.

The 'Spooky' dianthus I posted about early summer bloomed all season, and still has a few blooms.

I'm thinking the blue flower is another flush of blooms from a campenula I moved to the new bed from another area of the yard last year, and the 'Harvest Moon' coneflower has a bloom.

Have a great weekend! I'm happy to report my knee and ankle are starting to feel better after my fall almost 5 weeks ago. The school I work at has fall/quarter break next week, and I will have it off. I feel like my leg will be strong enough for me to get some gardening and housework done. I just hope there will be some good gardening weather. The highs are supposed to be in the 50s the first part of the week. That's doable with a jacket on.


  1. That dianthus is really pretty! Your garden is just beautiful. I read your "vent" on my blog and I think I would be upset too. However, soemtimes these kinds of contests bring out the worst in people I think. If there were no contest/award, and people could just enjoy their gardens, it would ease a lot of ill will. Well, rest assured that your garden is not only large, inviting, beautiful, but is also tidy, and probably a joy to walk and drive past every day!

  2. I enjoyed this post very much. Your pictures show the stark beauty and texture of your fall garden very well.

  3. Hi Sue! I like your mints the most.
    You have a lot of seeds ready to fall. I already see a lot of seedlings on the ground in my garden - foxglove and others. I need to get rid of them now, or it'll be a disaster in spring. BTW, this post doesn't have a title, so I can't pick it.

  4. Lots of very beautiful pictures. Thank you for showing and have a nice week!

  5. Great shots of seedheads, Sue! I particularly liked the Mountain Mint - very ornamental in its dried stage.

  6. I love the dried seedheads, there's such beauty in death too it doesn't all have to be gloom!

  7. there is a special beauty to them as them wane and deliver a promise for other days - other blooms..sandy

  8. Glad to hear that your ankle is better.

    I love all the seedhead photos. I've turned into a seed collector (thanks to Nell Jean's influence) and go around my garden in the fall looking for seeds to collect.

    I want to research your Virginia Mountain Mint. I could sure use white blooms in my garden.


  9. Love the added interest that some plants give the garden after blooming. Glad your ankle and leg are feeling better...

  10. Glad to hear your knee and ankle are doing better!

    There is a lot of beauty in seeds. I especially like your mints.

  11. It's not death, it's a promise of new life for next year. I love collecting and scattering seeds. It's going to be so much fun watching what comes up next year in places where I've tossed all kinds of things.

  12. Glad your ankle/foot is feeling better!
    All in all, were you happy with your garden this year? I think you have had some pretty fabulous photos to share. I can't wait to see what you are up to next spring.
    Catmint never ceases to amaze me either. It just keeps on going, like the energizer bunny.

  13. Great job with these photos! You made "going to seed" look positively artistic. I really enjoyed these.
    I am glad to hear that your finally starting to see a turn around in your healing process. Sure does take a long time doesn't it? sigh.

  14. You've certainly captured lots of different seed-head shapes. A great idea to recognise the beauty of this time of year.

  15. I'm from Malaysia and I accidentally stopped by at your Corner Garden...I was stunning with your good worked... and you were affordable to spread your tips to people all over the world who had same interest with you…:-).


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