It is now mid-September and time to note the flowers in bloom for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. For the most part it’s the usual suspects. An exception is the Blue Lobelia that I grew from seeds distributed by the Scottish Rock Garden Club this Spring.
It grew easily from seed and looks like it will have a long term role as a perennial in the garden.
Another newcomer for the season is the pineapple sage. It’s just starting to flower now and it’s brilliant red flowers are real eye-catchers.
Another red flower that is a head-turner is the red Dahlia, Bishop of Llandaff.
It’s not supposed to be hardy for us, but I left it in the ground last year and it has come back even better than before. We’ve had dozens of flowers over a long season, much more than if I had planted it from scratch this year.
Another flower with a very long season is the Alstroemeria ‘Sweet Laura’.
Ever since we discovered Peruvian Lily hybrid was hardy in this area we have been amply rewarded by growing them.
Among the nice surprises of the season was to see this little cyclamen popping up with no leaves showing as yet.
The New England Asters are just now beginning to flower with their dark purple flowers and golden centers.
The gentian that heads this posting is forming a substantial mat of strong blue flowers.
Both the spring and fall blooming gentians share strong coloring on the outside of the petals and detailed coding when you look on the inside.
The Celosia continue to dominate the front flower bed. I had no idea that these would be four foot high when I planted them.
And the toad lilies just go on and on with their flowering.
We have been blessed by an abundance of butterflies this year, partly stimulated by a magnificent showing from the Mexican Torch Flower (Tithonia) in the cutting garden.
But there are other critters around the yard when the Macro lens goes for a walk.
I think the mantis is saying ‘What’s growing in your garden?’ Check out other gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.