Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September's Bloom Day

When it gets to be this time of year, I start feeling sad that gardening season will soon be over.  In fact, it is supposed to get down to 34 degrees tonight.  There are so many flowers blooming, that I had trouble narrowing down what to post for Carol's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  There ended up being not very many blooms that didn't make it in, so I am going to limit how many I enlarge, and how many I label.  If you want to know what something is, ask, and I'll let you know.

I've mentioned seeing hummingbirds more often this year than ever, even though the only food we provide is flowers they like.  Yesterday, the one I saw stuck around a bit before it flew off, and I was able to get some photos.  Yes, they are blurry, but parts of the bird turned out better than the few others I've taken so far this year.

Ascelpias curassavica is an annual here.  I have planted it in pots before, but I think this is the first time I planted it in the ground.  It has just started blooming.  I saw a monarch on a bloom a couple days ago.

Obviously, the monarchs discovered it before I realized they did, since I just noticed this nice sized caterpillar two nights ago.

Love lies bleeding:

I'm glad I didn't pull these salvias out this spring when they struggled to grow for awhile.  I didn't imagine they would get this large.

The black jack sedum blooms are getting prettier by the day.

I love the two kinds of heirloom marigolds I planted from seed.

There are lots of butterflies in the garden every day.  I counted at least 5 monarchs yesterday afternoon on the kiss me over the garden gate and Mexican sunflowers.

The foxglove has another set of blooms.

Black Eyed Susan vine and nasturtiums, almost looking like a face:

The lisianthus plants have been blooming all summer, and with deadheading, have continued to look good.

I keep wanting to figure out what kind of rose this is that I rescued from a sale table a few years ago.  I sure love it!

Scott and Grace, I look forward to this persicaria I got from my friend blooming as full as yours and hers do.

I was surprised to see this bergenia that I moved out of the planter in front of the house after the removal of the tree blooming again.  It usually blooms in the spring, but I don't remember if it did.

I'm pretty sure this is 'Bushy Blue Bell' clematis.  It blooms all season, even after many great looking seedheads have formed.

An aster I just planted this spring:


Ice plant:

I deadheaded the butterfly milkweed, and there are a few more blooms.

Skullcap, 'Mongolian Skies':

Anemone, 'September Charm':

I have a few zebrina mallows that just got large enough to bloom.

Thanks to those who reminded me this iris is 'Immortality'.

I just discovered the next couple of volunteer celosias of some kind today.

There are a few clematis blooms here and there.

I'm still trying to decide if I have the patience to wait for dahlias to come up next spring.  The bare dirt sure got to me this year, but there should be more perennials coming up next year to fill up other areas.

Now that I'm figuring out this volunteer clematis is 'Sweet Autumn', I'll have to move it in the spring, because there is not room for it here.

The rudbeckia, 'Golden Glow', or outhouse flower is still blooming, but the 'Goldquelle' currently don't have any, even though I have been deadheading both of them.  This one is in a sunnier spot, though.

This pitcher sage is native to my part of Nebraska, I've learned.

Rigid goldenrod:

The tall bloom on the left is from the rigid goldenrod.  False sunflowers and zinnias are on the other side of the fence.

If you haven't been there yet, go to May Dreams Gardens to see what others have blooming.


  1. Wow, you sure do have a lot in bloom now! That black jack sedum sure is striking--have to add it to my wish list! And that caterpillar is huge! Your garden is definitely critter-friendly; so fun that you captured so many of them enjoying the blooms.

  2. Oh Sue...isn't this time of year bittersweet? I keep walking around the garden, trying to drink everything in, so I can fix it in my memory to hold me through winter. I'm so happy for your Persicaria...I bet it will be huge next year! I totally love that amazing to have those adorable flowers and the seedheads at the same time!

  3. Sue,
    Aren't lisianthus fantastic. They look like they were grown in a glasshouse.

    Your clematis is from Japan and its name is 'Roguchi'. My favorite of them all.

  4. We are forecast for the same temps as you tonight and just a little colder for Thursday. I have as many blankets outside as in right now, and hope I can save some of the flowers. Your garden is amazing right now. I have never tried lisianthus, but think next year it will be on my list because yours is beautiful! So is your Love Lies Bleeding and well, everything! Let's hope the weather folks are wrong and we make it through the cold snap and hang onto our flowers for a little while longer.

  5. Hi,

    Beautiful photos, I wish I still had so much going on around the garden but it's still a long way off yet!

  6. Hope your frost holds off a bit longer-it's hard to let go of the beauty. I lost that battle last week. Tonight-28 degrees. No blankets's time to let it all go.

  7. Oh Sue ~ You have so many wonderful blooms, I would be sad too knowing so many will be gone after the first frost. I think it would be wonderful to have a bit of a natural break from gardening, where things went to sleep. That doesn't happen down here at all.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely garden, it is a cottage delight.


  8. Ohhhh hummingbirds! AND you managed to get photographs!

  9. I enjoyed my stroll through your lovely garden. So many blooms for this late summer bloom day! I especially enjoyed seeing those two old fashioned plants, 'Love Lies Bleeding' and 'Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate.'
    I haven't grown them for awhile but may give them a try next year after seeing your plants!

  10. Your sedum,lavender and goldenrod are looking lovely and I love the butterfly photos! Thank you for the tour of your gardens and a Happy GBBD!

  11. Is this the garden where last time putting some soil retainers is still a problem, etc, etc, still asking us what to do? Look at the blooms now, and history is not visible anymore! Lovely Sue.

  12. Hi Sue and happy birthday, tomorrow! [Blotanical "told" me. I left a note on there too.] I hope you have a great day and get fully pampered.

    Love your Persicaria! They grow pretty fast so I bet it will really fill in next year. I've noticed that in full sun the leaves tend to get kind of tattered looking, especially if the soil dries out. Hopefully yours will do well where you've placed them.

    Love your shots of the Kiss-Me! I've got a bunch of them in a container and they fell over. I need to get out and stake them before they're done blooming. They're such pretty plants. I love how you've got yours placed.

    Your hummingbird shots are great. Don't you just love them? I hope the weather doesn't dip too low and ruin your garden. You've got so much going on.

  13. You have some really lovely blooms and photos! Larry

  14. Wow, so many blooms! I love the photo of the Monarchs on the Mexican sunflowers--rarely have I seen two at the same time here. But I've had a lot of hummingbirds this year, too; although I put out feeders, they seem to like my flowers just as well. Love the pitcher sage as well. I saw this planted at the Chicago Botanic Garden last year, and it looked beautiful in September. Have you had a lot of blooms on it?

    I have mixed feelings this time of year, too. Let's hope autumn stays around for awhile, and that first frost holds off!

  15. Whenever I feel the need to see beautiful flowers, your blog never disappoints. Great to see such great looking flowers this late in the season!


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