Garden Bloggers Bloomday for September 2019

  Time didn't permit capturing images of everything blooming in my garden this month-though it's definitely not the bounty of July and August. The annual rite of plant fatigue makes its appearance this month with the predictable flopping, the touch of mildew and the scourge of spider mites. On a positive note, the grasses look great, the roses are powering up for a fall bloom and the fuchsias are happy with the cooler nights and mornings.

 I've made an effort in the last year to add more late bloomers to my garden . The Aster below has been here10 years-plus  and has been moved at least twice that I can recall. I don't know where I got it and the tag is long gone .


 I planted 3 of the aptly named Aster  'Purple Dome'  which are an unobtrusive bright green mound throughout the season and as fall nears they transform to this mass of purple.


 This is Aster laterfolius 'Lady in Black' which I will need to move this fall. I planted it too close to Panicum 'Heavy Metal' which is both shading it and crowding it.


 Here is the above-mentioned P. 'Heavy Metal' one of my very favorites of all my grasses.


 Persecaria 'Golden Arrow' was also moved this year to make way for a 'Cistus 'Mickie' , and really should be moved again but the perfect spot eludes me.


 Tecoma stans 'Orange Jubilee' . The jury is still out for this. It dies back to the ground in winter and is slow to emerge in spring , but I do love the flowers. It is said to be a spring through fall bloomer but no flowers appeared until August here. We shall see what happens next year.



 My one and only Dahlia, this is 'Platinum Blonde' . I tried to order more last year but it was sold out, and I thought I lost the lone plant I had since it didn't emerge from the ground until almost April. I'll dig this one and move it (yes, another move) to a better location and will order a couple more now that it is available again. The flowers are long-lasting and don't seem to be plagued by cucumber beetles which has been a chronic issue for me with Dahlias.




 And finally, it has been a banner year for the Eryngiums here. This is E. planum 'Blaukappe'  which has sent up continuous sprays of flowers all summer, and has gifted me with a couple of seedlings as well-which I will of course move.


  Visit our Bloomday hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens for a taste of what is in flower for garden bloggers everywhere.

Comments

  1. Beautiful Asters! Mine are not yet blooming.
    Love the Dahlia!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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    1. Happy Bloomday to you as well ! Asters start in August here and they will be done for in another month.

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  2. Those asters are gorgeous, Kathy! While I'm pleased to have 2 that have managed to survive here, they've got nothing on the drama of the varieties you're growing. Dahlia 'Platinum Blonde' is definitely going on my list for next year's cutting garden.

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    1. Swan Island for 'Platinum Blonde' Kris-available to order now -they sold out last year so I would order soon. When I moved to Northern Cal from San Diego in 1986 I was pretty excited to be able to grow the perennial Asters.

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  3. Only one Dahlia but you sure picked a beauty.

    Beautiful Asters, too. And Erygiums. And great photos.

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    1. Thanks Hoov--I love that Dahlia- I am partial to white flowers .

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  4. I have fallen hard for asters and have several 'Purple Dome' as well as several others. I just planted that persicaria this year. Is it well-behaved?

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    1. P. Golden Arrow seems quite well behaved here, but mine is not the ideal climate . I has never flopped so that's a big plus in my book !

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  5. Oh my, such beauty in your garden, Kathy! That first aster is stunning....and funny, I have the same Aster 'Lady in Black' next to Panicum 'Heavy Metal' (one of my favorite grasses, too...especially for how upright it stays!). Maybe I need to move mine too, for this is the season to move stuff around. Let the great autumnal rearrange commence!

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    1. I wish I knew what that first Aster was , but it is easily divided. I'd be happy to mail you a chunk in fall -message me on FB if you'd like some ! I am really looking forward to 'Lady in Black' next year-considering how badly it's sited this year it's done pretty well-just has the flopping thing going on. I'm going to do the Chelsea Chop on it next year as well.

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  6. Asters are bountiful and vibrant..some varieties not known to me..Tecoma shot is breathtaking ..so is beautiful variety of Dahlia..Happy bloggers blooms day.

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  7. I'm having trouble getting a tecoma and a tecomaria to bloom much, so my sympathies. That is so cool that erygiums love your garden! That's a fine cast of late bloomers.

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    1. I think the Tecomas like heat , which might be why mine bloomed so late.

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  8. Thank you for the reminder that I really need to plant more Eryngium, you can never have enough!

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    1. That is an absolute fact ! I now have 3 different varieties so that means I'm a collector -I used to have 4 but gave up on Jade Frost after about 4 reversions. I want E. pandanifolium in the worst way but just have no suitable spot for it.

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