My favorite feature of September is that it's no longer August. Though the garden still suffers from the late summer blues, I can recognize the softening of the light and the subtle changes that exhausted plants begin to display. Here in Northern California wine country we have several weeks before the cool temps set in , and high 90's (or worse) heat is still an occasional visitor.
The Mystic series Dahlias have been outstanding performers in my garden- seen here is Mystic Spirit. The deep bronze foliage is still as clean as it was in spring, flowers are abundant. Stems are strong and I have never had to stake this plant. I plan to add more of the Mystics next year, though I have found that not every variety in the series is as vigorous as this one.
I've been extremely happy with this Persicaria this year, but it clashes horribly with many other plants in it's immediate area. This fall I will replace it with P 'Golden Arrow'.
I let the last small batch or Artichokes go to flower. They add a nice touch of drama .
I think I finally found a spot that my small collection of Fuchsias feel comfortable in.
And Rooguchi continues to bloom..
This is my Crassula coccinea from Annies; it had some rough treatment involving a squirrel and an upended container , so I was surprised that it managed to pump out some flowers.
Be sure and head over to May Dreams , where Carol invites bloomy bloggers to share on the 15th of each month.