Now that it is mid September, I'm starting to hear the tiny little whispers of Fall, which wants to make the garden its own.
It starts with a few mums, blooming near the front door. I do nothing to help these along, and for much of summer they are hidden behind some Black-eyed Susan's, Rudbeckia sp., which I recently cut back.
Out in the back yard, the tiny leaflets of the nearby Honey Locust Tree, Gleditsia triacanthos, are beginning to litter the lawn, each one carrying its own message that summer is more or less past.
I've resorted to calling all the tall Sedum in my garden just "tall Sedum" because the new botanical names are a bit confusing. This one may or may not be the variety sold as 'Autumn Joy'.
Somehow, in moving and transplanting these tall Sedum throughout the garden, I ended up with the lighter flowering variety interspersed with the one that may or may not be 'Autumn Joy'.
I think the light pink one is 'Frosty Morn, which is supposed to have variegated leaves but somewhere along the way, it lost its variegation. Some variegated varieties do that.
Out in the vegetable garden, I have green beans blooming, which is a first for my September garden.
This the third planting of bush beans and I hope to get a few beans before the whispers of Fall become cold shouts of frost.
Elsewhere in the vegetable garden the sunflowers are still blooming.
This is the variety 'Earthwalker', in colors that are perfect for fall. Nearby, but not pictured, the zinnias, marigolds, and nasturtiums are also still blooming.
In the side garden, the tiny white blooms of Purple Beautyberry, Callicarpa dichotoma 'Issai', were hardly worth mentioning earlier this summer, but now the purple berries add color to the early fall garden.This particular beautyberry is hardy to zone 5a.
I checked my bloom day post from last September and believe that this year's garden is further along than last year's garden by perhaps a week or so, except for the Colchicums which were blooming last year by the 15th but are "no-shows" so far this year.
I would expect these Michaelmas daisies to start blooming any day now.When they do, they'll be covered with bees and butterflies, all franatically trying to enjoy the last of the garden before the first frost, which hopefully happens after I pick the last of the green beans in the vegetable garden.
What's blooming in your garden in mid-September? Is Fall whispering its arrival where you are? I hope you’ll join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month and tell us about what's blooming now in your garden. All are welcome!
It's easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what's blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and then leave a link in the "Mr. Linky" widget below along with a comment so we can find you and visit your garden to see what you have blooming.
We can have flowers nearly every month of the year. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence