Belated Bloomday September 2022-Roadtrip Edition
It's just as well that I wasn't present in my own garden for Bloomday this month. The protracted heatwave on and around Labor Day was not kind to my plants-many either scorched, shut down or combinations thereof. . Septembers offerings instead are photos taken on a visit to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens where Dahlias and tuberous Begonias were in peak bloom.
I haven't attempted to grow tuberous Begonias for years. In my inland zone 9 climate just the right garden location is key -preferably very bright shade with consistent protection from mid- or late day sun. Every few years I buy a few tubers to see if the golden spot has be found at last. I'm about due to give it another go-I continue to be a glutton for punishment. In the meantime I can travel out to the coast to enjoy the perfectly grown specimens in the Begonia House with their baseball sized flowers .
I timed this road trip right -the Dahlias were at their best, complete with absolute pristine foliage without a leaf miner, spider mite or cucumber beetle to be found. Mine look absolutely beyond dreadful and I'm glad I made the decision to keep them in their own little back corner of the garden . It was a little dispiriting I must admit to be faced with these robust and pest free plants . However , I will not be defeated-I have a plan for next year . See above 'glutton for punishment' reference.
Hopefully I'll have some flowers to share from my own garden for October Bloomday.