My Older Sister's Bloom Day Contribution
My sister left a comment yesterday that her lilac is confused and blooming again for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day in September.
Spring flowering shrubs do sometimes get confused and rebloom lightly in the fall. That’s quite a bit of bloom on her lilac, more than I’ve seen before on any lilac in the fall. I wonder how this will affect its spring bloom? I’m assuming the shrub got its signals crossed because of the ‘moderate drought’, followed by some rain and cooler temperatures. It’s really going to be shocked at the end of the week when temperatures are supposed to go up to 90 again, after a few very cool days. It was 50 degrees yesterday at 9:00 AM when I went out to work in the garden.
I want to thank all those who posted pictures and lists of their blooms yesterday for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. There is still a lot going on in everyone’s gardens, but many of us will see flowering come to a halt, or at least slow down considerably, by the time the next Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day comes around on October 15th. Then we'll just have to admire and be envious of what is blooming in others' gardens.
If you haven’t posted your blooms for September, by the way, feel free to do so whenever you get a chance.
Garden Bloggers’ Book Club Survey
I’ve published another survey, this one on the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club. The most important question is which book should we read for October. The four books I’ve put on the list for consideration are:
Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden by Eleanor Perenyi
For Love of a Rose by Antonia Ridge
One Man’s Garden by Henry Mitchell
Dear Friend and Gardener the correspondence of Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto
There are only five questions, so if you have a minute, I’d be ever appreciative if you would share your ideas and thoughts on the Book Club. Click here to take the survey, or you can access it above on the right sidebar.
What Would You Do?
And now a question for you to think about and maybe comment on.
Imagine that you’ve been working out in the garden most of the day and realize you need just a few more bags of top soil or maybe another pound or two of grass seed for overseeding the lawn. You decide you need to make a quick trip to the garden center to get it so you can still finish up your project. You look like someone who's been working outside in their garden all day long. Do you....
a) Wash your hands, run a comb through your hair and go get what you need?
b) Do the above but also change your clothes so you at least resemble a clean person?
c) Take a shower to get all cleaned up, then go?
d) Make someone else go for you?
Guess which one I chose?