Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - September 2007

September blooms at May Dreams Gardens, a mixture of new blooms, old blooms, reblooms and a few plants that won't bloom here anymore.

To the left is Physostegia virginiana 'Variegata', Variegated False Dragon's Head. I did not think it would bloom this year because of the moderate drought we've had this summer. Now I'll remember that it really isn't meant to bloom in August, it's a September flower.

It's not bright and bold, so without Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, I might not have even taken the time to stop and admire it. It's good to admire it now because it is in the same flower bed as the soon-to-be wildly blooming asters.

September bloom day is just a little bit early for these asters, which usually bloom later in September, closer to Michaelmas, which is September 29th.

But they did manage one bloom for me.

Also nearby are some tall phlox reblooming.
We can thank the recent rain for the phlox re-blooms and these candy lilies,too.
I like how the spent candy lily flowers are all twisted up.

A September bloom day post just wouldn't be complete without 'Autumn Joy' sedum. Here's mine.
And finally, take a good look at this mess as this is the last time that common false dragon's head and four o'clocks will bloom at May Dreams Gardens.
I'm finally digging out this mess and planting something decent along this side of my house. Stay tuned for updates.

Here's a list of my blooms in mid-September. I'm sure I've missed some but this is most of it. The 'moderate drought' has cut into some of the flower productivity!

New blooms:

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
Asters (barely) also known as Michaelmas Daisies
Variegated False Dragon's Head (Physostegia virginiana 'Variegata')
False Dragon's Head

Still blooming:

Shasta daisies
August Lilies (Hostas)
Shrub clematis (Clematis integrefolia 'Alba')
False Sunflower
Veronica bonariensis
Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum 'Aureum')
Four O'Clocks
Catmint (Nepeta)
Chocolate Mint
Spirea 'Limemound'

Reblooming (these flowers had disappeared when it was so dry and hot, but have returned again after some rain this past weekend)

Daylily 'Stella d'Oro'
Tall Phlox, white, pink, white with pink center
Potentilla fruticosa
Variegated Kerria japonica
Spiderwort (Tradescantia)
Rain Lilies

What's blooming in your garden? Post on your blog about your mid-September blooms and then come here and leave a comment so we can find you.

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!


  1. Carol, I'll be gone all day tomorrow so I posted early. I don't have the 'Autumn Joy' sedum, yours is the prettiest I've seen yet.

  2. Carol, your candy lilies are intriguing. I've never seen those before! And you're right, fall wouldn't be complete without lovely Autumn Joy sedum. Hmm. I guess that makes my fall garden incomplete, now that I think about it.

    Come see for yourself at

  3. Wow, it's already Saturday there?

    You are always ahead of the power curve though.

    Robin (Bumblebee)

  4. I actually got my act together on time for once. I'm posting my GBBD right now, tomorrow looks like too busy a day for me to do it then.

  5. I got mine done early too, for a wonder. Since there is a lot on my plate tomorrow, I have put my post up already. That way I can work on the new bed I am establishing out by the sauna without fretting about whether this post is done.

  6. Carol, looks so far that a lot of us will have a very similar list! I won't be able to post tomorrow so am submitting mine today and will catch up with everyone later. Thanks, and here's to a good GBBD.

  7. What a great way to keep track of what's blooming when. ;-)
    My GBBD is up at

  8. Gosh, it's good to see all these plants, Carol--I haven't seen much of a 'traditional' garden for a week now...but more on that when I'm back in my own yard and garden and office. Meantime, I probably won't get a Garden Bloggers Bloom Day report up til I'm back on the mainland and home with hubby and kitties!

  9. It's after midnight somewhere, Carol, even if it's 9:30 here! A borrowed DVD awaits so my post is up, too. Click "annie in austin" to go to my blooms.

    Things look awfully cute and sweet over there at May Dreams with all that lavender, pink and stripey green - Contrast-loving Kim will not be impressed!
    And seeing if you really can get rid of 4 O'Clocks that easily will make your updates interesting ;-]

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  10. I enjoyed this post. I want to get some Phystogia (spelling?) and try it out. I had some candy lilies but they didn't make it, got lost in the shuffle, somehow. My Bloom Day post is up!

  11. Now I know why they call that sedum Autumn Joy. It really is spectacular. I've never tried to grow it even though it's mentioned in almost every publication for "fall interest". I wonder if it even grows down here in Austin.

    Zanthan Gardens entry is up for September. I might have to fiddle with it a bit tomorrow. I always forget something.

    Did your oxblood lilies bloom or were they a bust?

  12. Hi Carol,

    My September Garden Bloggers
    Bloom day has been posted,despite the fact that I've been busy planting September blooms in other people's gardens.

  13. False Dragon's head. A very interesting plant. My daughter would love it. With the dragon in it's name. She Loves dinosaurs.

  14. I see that you have the obligatory Sedum Autumn Joy. ;-) A great plant, I've had it for donkey's years and it is very easy to grow and so reliable. The flowers are great for the vase too.

    Your Asters are just starting to flower, mine have been in flower for 2 weeks now.

    Phloxes are great and flower this time of year too if you treat them right.

    It's still a very respectable list of blooms Carol, considering the time of year.

    My blooms are up too at for those you who are interested to see what's flowering over here.

  15. My list is up too...
    When I was a child, we kept tortoises in the garden (it was legal in those days. Every so often we'd "lose" one and have to hunt round the garden for it. But nine times out of ten the were always in the same place - under the sedum "Autumn Joy". They didn't seem to eat it, they just liked resting there. What, I wonder made it so attractive?

  16. Carol, I just found your blog and I love it. I also live in Indiana, although in an acceptable crimson and white area. We are first time homeowners and our yard came complete with Autumn Joy sedums (which I never dreamed that I would ever identify had it not been for your post and pictures), and joy of all joys, rocks as mulch in every bed, from the shiny whites to the lavas and giant limestones. Yeah! As we were ripping out overgrown landscaping in our corner lot bed yesterday, a neighbor stopped and gave us some of that same ornamental grass that you warn about. Now I have to come up with a way of not planting it without offending the nice lady. Any ideas for a graceful exit strategy?

  17. Years ago, when I had just shrubs and no real interest in gardening, I tried growing asters. They were the most pitiful looking things for three years running and then died. That experience I think kept me from considering them. I wish now I had some this fall but there is always next year.

    I like your candy lily and looked it up. It just may appear on my blooms list next year. Thanks for introducing me to something new to me!

    My blooms report is here.

  18. Hi Carol,

    I put up some Garden Blogger BD pictures.

    You have some nice stuff blooming in your garden. I don't blame you for pulling the plug on the Physostegia. I will never plant it again as it is far too invasive. The variegated version looks nice and I hope it is well behaved.

  19. My camera is in China right now, so no pictures in my Bloom Day post. It's great to see, though, that my late-summer blooming natives look just as good now as they did for August's bloom day - perennials can have a long bloom time!

  20. Dear Carol, my GBBD post is up too.

    The sedum 'Autumn Joy'looks very interesting and so do the Candy lilies. I have never seen either of them.Thanks for the lovely photographs.

  21. My September post is up, Carol, the last one till May. :<)


  22. I'm surprised you don't have any Japanese Anemones! These can carry the September border by themselves. It's funny how the wild New England asters by the roadside always seem to bloom b4 those in the garden. Is yours purple?

  23. I've never seen the blooms on a candy lily after they fade--they do look very cool all twisted like that! (And I can't wait to read about your plans for that bed. I love hearing about new plantings and why people decide to plant certain things.)

    My Garden Blogger's Bloom Day post is up now, too.

  24. ps. to Annie: I enjoy seeing pretty vignettes in other people's gardens... just Not In My Garden, remember?! *grin*

  25. Hi Carol! Great photos here; thanks for sharing. How cool that you get rebloom on your candy lily; here in southeastern PA, they bloom mostly in July and are filled with seedpods now. We've made a first attempt at GBBD over at; now I'm off to check out everyone else's posts.

  26. Carol - That candy lily is wicked cool! I also posted Blithewold's bloom day yesterday but wasn't on the ball last night to let you know! Happy mid-September!

  27. Like Pam, I am very curious about the candy lilies! They look awesome!
    I did particpate, for the first time since February, I think!!
    Thanks, Carol!!

  28. I have something blooming that no one else has mentioned--Lilacs! I have about 15 -20 tiny little lilac flowers on one of my bushes. It is really confused this year.
    Kathy, the older sister

  29. PS to Blackswamp Kim - Oh yes- we agree on that!! Like you, I can enjoy sweet and hot pink vignettes when they're somewhere else ;-]


  30. Carol: Loved your bloom day...I finally have posted so I hope you will visit! Thanks!

  31. Okay, I'm ready for you now.

  32. The Candy Lily is a Belamcanda? Nope, I looked it is a hybrid listed as " X Pardancanda", but it sure looks like it must be a cross with the Belamcanda.

    The Blackberry Lilies grew for me in Hawaii and I have seen them listed as hardy to my new half that zone, so they are on my list of plants to find. The Candy Lily would be nice to have too.

    There are a few other things blooming on my blog now.

  33. Hi Carol, I'm kind of late and will post my Bloom Day tonight. Looks like we have several bloomers in common. I love your varigated Physostegia - the bunnies are making a mess of mine. They just snip them off at the soil line! Ugh. Have a good weekend....

  34. Well, it's a few minutes before midnight, so I actually made it on the 15th this month! My September blooms (and misc other stuff) can be found at:

    Happy September.

  35. It's still the 15th here in Davis so I'm getting in under the wire! I'm glad I'm trying the Autumn Joy sedum since I was unaware it was necessary...I must have missed the memo:) I also have eliminated 4 o'clocks from my garden... several times! The ones that came up this year are all white. Wow...your shastas are still blooming...mine are long gone.

  36. Late again, but here's my list.

    I wonder how many people have the obligatory Autumn Joy sedum? And of those who do, how many actually like it? ;-)

  37. Late due to work, but i just posted. The candy lilies are cute.

  38. A day late with this month's scans, as usual:

  39. I'm late again.
    Weekends are hard for me with my kids in sports and music and all.
    Blah, blah, blah, another excuse, how boring.

    I like the look of your candy lilies. The colors are interesting. It looks like yellow and pink? I really like the combination. I will have to look around for them and perhaps add them to my garden.

  40. Hi again, Carol

    I'm a bit late to the party but my posts are up now too :-)

    Yes, it wouldn't be September without Autumn Joy! Great list of plants - I'm looking forward to visiting all the other gardens now. Thanks once again for organising this :-)

  41. I'm a day late posting my message for GBBD. But I have a lovely rose, perhaps the last of the season to drool over.

  42. I left this comment last night - but it does not seem to have gotten saved.
    Have participated for my first time - link is here:
    Great to see somuch color out there.

  43. Hi Carol,
    I thought the 15th was today, Sunday so I'm late for GBBD Sept. Actually I'm doubly late because too many things needed attending to so I'm lucky to sneak it in this evening. Love to see all the different things blooming in your location. Esp. love the candy lily and variegated physostegia.

  44. Impressive foliage on that Physostegia virginiana 'Variegata'.
    Must make a nice looking plant through the summer even though it blooms so late. Unlike the plain Jane aster. Looks like you will have aster blooms up to a hard frost if they are just starting now. Something for the pollinators on warm Indian summer days.
    Late but GBBD now posted at
    Will have to check everyones flowers tomorrow as it is very late.

  45. Hi Carol! I made it to the party, late, but I made it! Seems a little odd to me that your asters are later than mine, but the flowers know what they're doing!

  46. Two days late & a dollar short-- but I have a post up!

  47. Hi Carol, now that I'm home, I'm getting back to it! I have two parts to my bloom day; the first is some flora of Newfoundland and Labrador, and you can see it at

    I'll do a post of my own garden's stuff in the next day or so.

  48. Coming in late, Carol, but you can see a few things from my gardenhere.

    I am pleased to have more things still blooming this September.


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