Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for September 2012


Well my lead Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day flower for this month is one of those potted plants that looks wonderful at this time of year, but only if it has a place to live over the winter.  For years I’ve kept it in the basement and it takes the better part of the year to get back to flowering strength.  This brings me to the major thing that is growing around here right now — a greenhouse is well underway which will allow us to provide a happy dwelling place for the bougainvillea and other plants of a more southerly persuasion.

Greenhouse Cathedral in process

This is a 10′ x 14′ BC greenhouse and, as you can see, it sits well up on a solid kneewall that should allow for tall plants and hanging vines.  Inside the greenhouse I’m planning wooden benches, electricity, and even the kitchen sink.

Assembled cedar benches

Stained workbenches

So while that’s clearly been my focus for the last few weeks there are some other flowers worth sharing.

The Turtlehead ‘Hot Lips’ is living up to it’s name.

Turtlehead ‘Hot Lips’ (Chelone lyonii)

I swear it puckered up for the picture.

The Dahlias are enjoying there staring role for the season.  Bishop of Llandaff is always great to see with its dark foliage.

Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’

A new one for us is the compact Dahlia ‘Extase’.

Dahlia ‘Extase’

A striking addition to the rose garden is a ‘Black and Blue’ Salvia which hasn’t been intentionally planted there for three years.

Salvia ‘Black and Blue’

This was really a delightful surprise and a reminder of how nice that deep blue color is.

The Loropetalum continues to please.


I will close this month’s Bloom Day observations with a lovely Toad Lily that I got from Plant Delights this spring.

Tricyrtis ‘Tojen’

2 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for September 2012

  1. Lea

    Beautiful blooms!
    And how wonderful to have greenhouses!
    Have a blessed day!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  2. Randy

    That is a killer greenhouse, what fun! Loved the Salvia ‘Black and Blue’ photo.