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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - September 2013

Solidago shortii 'Solar Cascade' and Aster 'Purple Dome'
Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for September 2013.

Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the last few days have finally felt like fall, with crisp, cool mornings and nice breezes.

Before that we experienced, within the last week, near record and record-high temperatures in the 90's (Fahrenheit).  In the last 45 days or so, we have also received little to no rain, and this was after a summer that was doing so well, with moderate temperatures and rain when we needed it.

But we must grow our gardens with whatever Mother Nature provides for us and this dry spell is nothing compared to last year's record-setting drought.

In my garden, the goldenrod, Solidago shortti 'Solar Cascade' is in full bloom and the first blooms of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' (formerly known by the much more easily remembered name, Aster) are just starting to reach their crescendo.

Nearby another aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Alma Poetschke', blooms.
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Alma Poetschke'
Across the way, in the garden border I refer to as Plopper's Field, where flowers are plopped in wherever there seems to be an open spot, another Aster, alsoo Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, is just starting to bloom.
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
This aster is a passalong plant from my Aunt Marjorie, who died almost three years ago.  She told me that she had once given some of these asters to my Dad, but he thought they were too messy for his garden so he didn't keep them. They are not too messy for me.

I also call them by another well-known common name, Michaelmas Daisies, because they should be in full bloom around the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, September 29th.

Back across the garden, marking the entrance to the path I call Ridgewood Avenue (do you know why I call it that?), another late blooming perennial, Hylotelephium telephium, which you probably know as Stonecrop or Tall Sedum or Sedum telephium, is blooming.
Hylotelephium telephium
I have a couple more patches of Tall Sedum in a few other spots in the garden, too, because once you have a little of it, you have a lot of it. It is easy to dig up and divide.

The rest of the garden is dotted with the floral flotsam of summer, blooms that have been hanging around, through the dry spell, providing bits of color here and there.

One such piece of floral flotsam is the ever-blooming Sunny Knock Out® Rose (Rosa  'Radsunny').
Sunny Knock Out® Rose (Rosa  'Radsunny')
Another bloom that has lingered from August is Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip' Buddleia.  I have six of these low growing butterfly bushes planted on both sides of my front walkway.
Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip' Buddleia
They are covered with butterflies and bees.  When I walk up the front walkway, those pollinators all scatter, probably scolding me as they go. But if I stop and stand there for just a few seconds, they all come flying back and I am surrounded by them. I am tempted to get a cushion and just plop myself down on the front walk to see the show of pollinators. It would be better than anything on TV.

But before I do such a thing, I have just one question to ask.

What's blooming in your gardening on this mid-September day?

I would love to have you tell me about your blooms and invite you to join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day to do so.

It’s easy to participate and all are invited!

Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see so we can pay you a virtual visit. Then put your name and the url to your post on the Mr. Linky widget below to make it easy to find you.

“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence







68 comments:

Pam's English Garden said...

Your goldenrod and aster are stunning together, Carol. I am amazed how much is blooming in my garden considering the crazy weather we are experiencing. Thanks for hosting my favorite meme! Happy GBBD. P x

Love, Live and Garden! said...

Wow! Your Hylotelephium telephium took my breath away!!! Thanks for hosting!

HELENE said...

This is my favourite meme too, it gives me a great record of how my garden is developing, thanks for hosting again and happy GBBD!

Landscape Design By Lee said...

Carol-it has gotten cooler here as well...feeling a lot like fall. Your gardens are looking wonderful with still many blooms and I especially love your roses and dwarf butterfly bushes-so lovely. Thank you for hosting and Happy GBBD!

Hoover Boo said...

Just the faintest hint of Autumn here. All of a sudden I realize the daylight hours are shorter. Your garden looks good despite some late heat. We also had a mostly mild summer, with a blast of heat to finish off. Happy Bloom Day!

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

Your Knockouts are so yellow! Mine wash out quickly...I have been lazy lately..just post fall burnout..I suppose... Happy GBBd!

Bernie H said...

I just love the Goldenrod and Aster combination. It's quite lovely. The tall Sedum looks terrific too.

We're in the middle of our usual long dry season. It lasts for many months every year, and is always a trying time of the year for any gardener.

rusty duck said...

i love the sound of your Buddleia and at that height, easier to deadhead!
Happy GBBD.

VP said...

We're about to have our first storm of autumn here in the UK today, so Blooms Day is set to be a bit of a gardening and floral challenge on this side of the pond!

Luckily I found a little bit of sunshine to help lift the gloom :)

Xavi said...

Thanks for hosting again and happy GBBD!

Xavi in Barcelona

Pauline said...

I'm still waiting for my golden rod to flower, yours is looking so good. I don't think I will ever get used to the aster's name change, they will always be asters to me! Your dwarf buddleja sound ideal for the front of the border, must look into that. Thanks for hosting once more.
My link is:
http://leadupthegardenpath.com/15-09-2013/gbbd-september-flowers/

outlawgardener said...

Here in the Pacific Nortwest, we're starting to get foggy mornings with sunny (mostly) days typical of this time of the year here. The spider webs all over the garden are telling us that fall is not far off. Your garden is looking quite floriferous this year and I'm happy that you've gotten more rain this summer than last! Your asters make me smile because it's very sweet to have pass along plants in our gardens to remind us of those we love(d.)
Thanks for once again hosting GBBD!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yes, this droughty weather has played havoc with my fall bloomers. Love your collection of asters. Happy GBBD.

hurtledto60.com said...

I love the contrast of the purple asters with the golden rod behind.

Thank you for hosting this meme.

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

I love the yellow rose at this time of year! Very nice.
Happy September!

Les said...

It sounds like you and I have shared the same weatherman this summer. Things were going so well until mid August when the rain stopped. I have been watering like crazy this week. Happy GBBD to you Carol.

Lancashire rose said...

I hope you will send some of those cool crisper mornings down our way. My plants would appreciate it It is nice to see what I think of as typical fall plants growing. Where is our golden rod this year? I don't have any n my garden but there it is usual to be seen out side and not a sprig this year. It is too dry for anything to grow where it is not watered by the gardener. Happy Bloom day and thanls for hosting.

Jean Campbell said...

Floral Flotsam -- my favorite part. We await fall here. Thanks for being a gracious hostess this Bloom Day.

Amy Farrier said...

Love that neon lavender of the aster in front of the goldenrod! Beautiful blooms for having no rain. Glad to hear you've got some cool-crisp mornings (can't wait till those come down our way).

thesalemgarden.com said...

I love the asters and their even more special when they come from a loved one! Thanks so much for hosting!

carolynsshadegardens.com said...

My garden is beautiful right now because southeastern Pennsylvania was relatively cool and moist all summer. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Dya Hanif said...

I love seeing that bushy sedum. been wanting to do that to my garden. hopefully it will come.

Kelli said...

Happy Bloom Day! Won't be long until our gardens are full of Autumn colour! Mid October is usually the first frost for us.

bookworm said...

I love "floral flotsam" what a term! I passed through Indiana (I live in upstate NY) in late August on the way to Arkansas and again, on the way back, the first week of September- it certainly was hot and dry, wasn't it? I hope you get some needed rain soon. Alana at Ramblin with AM.

Mystic Dreamer said...

Thanks for hosting again. Happy GBBD!

John Willis said...

We too have had to supplement Nature's watering cycle. Before I realized the abundant water from this summer had dried up we lost a few long term participants in our garden. It's easy to get lulled into watering complacency when you get an almost English summer. But there is still a lot to be grateful for in the garden this morning. Happy Bloom Day!

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

We've had a similar weather cycle but it's raining today which should perk up the flowers that are blooming. Your garden is looking beautiful especially that yellow rose.

HolleyGarden said...

Your blooms are beautiful, and I think I need to add one of those low butterfly bushes to my garden! You have a better attitude about the hot, dry weather than I do this year. I think I'm just so very tired of it. Thanks for hosting!

MulchMaid said...

Because of their self-seeding tendencies, I didn't put any asters in my now 7-year-old garden. 'Alma Poetschke' could get me to reconsider! My garden has lots of ongoing flowers from August this month. I welcome them all!.

Erica Smith said...

Lovely! and thank you for the sedum name change, because that's basically all my post is. :)

WashingtonGardener said...

You may have solved a mystery for me - I got a plant labeled "pink hardy aster" at a plant swap last year and it appears to be the same as the one blooming for you today. See mt post at: http://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/2013/09/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-late-summer.html and see if you agree,

Jean Starr said...

Hi Carol- I have the same Symphyotrichum in my garden! And I must applaud you for consistently using the new genus in which the aster has found itself. I'm still using aster for awhile at least. Anyway, thanks for sharing your beautiful garden with us all.

Angie said...

I wasn't aware of any name changes. They do that all too often don't they?
Lovely blooms, no asters in flower in my garden yet.
Thanks for hosting :)

ramblinginthegarden said...

Thanks for hosting the GBBD Carol - much appreciated. I like the 'floral flotsam' phrase - very apt for our gardens at this time of year I think, and I am also tempted by the mini buddleias as I have found the full size ones too much of a nuisance (yes, despite the butterflies and bees!) ;)

Deanne Fortnam said...

Thanks for hosting this monthly floral extravaganza! Love it. Things are looking pretty in your gardens as always.

danger garden said...

September and summer still looks to be going strong in your garden Carol!

Helen Malandrakis said...

Asters and Goldenrod are blooming in my garden right now.

thevioletfern.com said...

What a beautiful combination of aster and golden rod! Just love it! You have some great asters.

Caroline said...

Beautiful colors on those September bloomers, Carol. In Central Texas, we're eager for fall and hoping coastal Mexico's storms send us some much-needed rain. Thanks for hosting!

Kris Peterson said...

I love the pink Aster, whatever the pundits want to call it. Thanks for hosing this monthly event!

Hannah said...

Your asters look great, especially with the goldenrod, which I am adding to my garden this year. I'm featuring Anemones, among other fall bloomers.

Northern Virginia Gardener said...

I LOVE all the late summer color. Considering the weather, the color, and all the new beginnings, fall seems like the best season - at least until it's spring!

Mara Paz said...

Happy GGBD! I love your blooms.

Jean said...

Lovely asters Carol. Guess we've all experienced weird weather this year (what else is new, eh?). It's been exceedingly dry here in that last two months. But we have a teeny, tiny cold front right now. It's only 91F!

africanaussie said...

there is lots of colour in my tropical garden at the moment - it really brings a smile to my face!

gloriaballard said...

I enjoy seeing what you have blooming in Ploppers Field each month. I don't think the Michaelmas daisies are too messy, either.

PlantPostings said...

Hi Carol: It sounds like our weather has been similar. I can't believe it was in the mid-90s on Tuesday, and a high of just 60 today! I love the idea of your Ploppers Field. Thanks, again, for hosting!

Rose said...

Love those 'Lo and Behold' butterfly bushes! Mine didn't survive last year and I'm not sure why, but I think they're worth trying again.

Hope you're getting some of the rain we're getting tonight, too!

jeansgarden said...

Carol, We've had similar weather in southern PA, and I welcome the cooler fall air. With the lack of rain, though, the garden is definitely winding down. Thanks again for hosting. -Jean

jane said...

Lovely as always. It seems we have been experiencing the very same weather up here in Western MI as you have there. Any hint of color in the foliage yet? Happy Bloom Day!

Denise said...

We're cooling off a bit too, tho temps are still up and down. Hot today. Love the deep colors of your asters (or whatever they're called now).

Susan Link said...

I love your flower combinations! The colors compliment each other very well. Thank you for the tour of your gardens. I added they link to my blog to let you know that the coleus is blooming and so are the invasive swallow-worts.

Claudia said...

Been away, but I see you are still producing a great site, Thank you.

Linnae said...

I like your description of "floral flotsam." I feel like that's most of what I've got right now, the notable exception being the one corner I posted a picture of.

Plus, I didn't know Knockout roses came in yellow! I enjoyed my Knockout rose bush in Missouri, but since coming to Washington, I didn't have room for hot pink anywhere, so I let it be. :)

dorothy said...

I, too, really like the 'Blue Chip' Butterfly Bushes. Mine have been blooming all through the long hot summer.
But I can hardly wait for the mild days of fall!

Ruth @ Camellia Rose said...

Lovely to see your autumn blooms, they are a great contrast to my spring garden which is full of pastels and pink! Thanks for hosting.

Donna said...

Carol, I love asters so this time of year is exciting as they start to bloom. Your fall garden looks great!

Gail said...

Happy day after GBBD...My post is up! I love fall blooming flowers especially the ex-aster~'Alma P' is a beauty! gail

Linda Claxson said...

Happy GBBD :)
Your Solidago is looking lovely, I haven't seen one of those before.
Looking forward to visiting other gardeners that have taken part this month.

Helen Gazeley said...

"Floral flotsam" - what an excellent phrase. It's getting cooler here in the UK, too, but I haven't yet lost the begonias.

Lynne Cherot said...

Aster 'Purple Dome' is a real winner for me too. Blooms right through the first couple of frosts.

Dee Nash said...

Did you know I can't seem to grow Lo and Behold Blue Chip buddeleia? I killed three of them and then gave up. I like your Michaelmas daisies/asters. I think I need even more asters here.~~Dee

goodtogrow said...

Thanks for hosting once again, Carol!

thecreativeflux said...

Those Asters have such marvelous color. I wish we could grow Buddleias in Oregon. Bees and butterflies love them here too, but unfortunately they are invasive thugs here. I enjoy them vicariously through your blog! Thanks for hosting, and happy GBBD!

Daniel said...

Kind of ridiculously late this month cuz I had to travel on Bloom Day, but I'd spent the morning shooting flowers in my garden, and they wanted a post. Has been feeling like fall for several weeks, and I fear an early frost is likely... I'll be sad if it happens, but even if they don't produce useable food I'm enjoying the flowers now.

Anastasia Abboud said...

You have so many lovely flowers! Thank you for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Beautiful blooms are wonderful to share!

peace said...

Thanks for sharing Michaelmas, love St. Michael and never knew Asters by that name!

Danielle Bedics, The Magic Garden said...

Getting on the bandwagon a little late. Your garden is looking lovely as always.