Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, a visitor might think I had some mixed up flowers if they came by and saw the Colchicums and Autumn Crocus in bloom this week.
But this is the season for these fall blooming beauties. I rather enjoy them, now that I have them in my garden. They and their spring blooming relatives are like bookends with the entire growing season of my garden in between.
Several of the Colchicums blooming in my garden now were sent to my by Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening. She is quite the evangelist when it comes to spreading the word about fall blooming bulbs like these.
Nearby, the variegated Liriope grass, Liriope muscari 'Variegata', which is not a grass at all, is blooming with its lovely purple blooms.
|Liriope muscari 'Variegata'|
Soon these blooms will wash out and the New England asters, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, will provide all the purple I need and then some.
|First of the asters to bloom|
Another spot of purple in my garden comes from the Hyacinth bean, Lablab purpureus.
|Hyacinth bean, Lablab purpureus|
Speaking of changed botanical names, how about tall sedum? It was once Sedum telephium and now it appears to be Hylotelephium telephium.
What else is blooming? Short's goldenrod, Solidago shortii 'Solar Cascade', is blooming. That's what else.
|Short's goldenrod, Solidago shortii 'Solar Cascade'|
Next year I hope to also have Barnardia japonica blooming in my garden, just like it blooms in Elizabeth Lawrence's garden in Charlotte, North Carolina.
|Barnardia japonica in the Elizabeth Lawrence garden|
I imagine if Elizabeth had been alive, she would have run inside to her study and looked it up in one of her hundreds of books to verify its hardiness.
While I was visiting the garden, Andrea showed me some of the journals Elizabeth kept to record when flowers bloomed in her garden.
Oh, look, here's one turned to September.
|Page from one of Elizabeth Lawrence's bloom day journals|
And the same Lycoris was blooming while I was there.
|Lycoris albiflora blooming in the Elizabeth Lawrence garden|
And that's bloom day for me with a wonderful little side trip to Elizabeth Lawrence's garden.
What's blooming in your garden as we move too rapidly toward the end of the growing season here in the Northern hemisphere? We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and show us.
It's easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what's blooming in your garden on or about the 15th of the month, then leave a link to your bloom day post in the Mr. Linky widget below and a comment to tell us what you have for us to see.
And remember, "We can have flowers nearly every month of the year." ~ Elizabeth Lawrence