Bloomin’ September

With just half an inch registering on the rain gauge in the last few weeks and minimal watering on this gardener’s part, it’s a wonder of nature that so many plants are still attractive. Connecticut is officially about 5.5 inches below normal rainfall amounts for the year.

Lack of rain does not stop the need to transplant and tidy, harvest and can, and ready houseplants for their move back inside. Between these tasks I pause at every opportunity to marvel at the beauty of late-season bloomers and colors.

Bright orange tropical hibiscus scream “LOOK AT ME!”



Salvia stands deep, deep blue in front of coleus limelight.


A late lavender blossom tries to show up zinnia angustifolia, an easy-to-grow-from-seed annual that quietly blooms till frost.


Whites and pinks fill my gardens right now.

Here is a clematis paniculata dances above cosmos blooms. The clematis volunteered elsewhere but thrives after careful transplantation to it’s current location.



Echinacea peeks out from behind a garlic chive flower. Lady chive must enjoy it’s bloom time now before it’s caretaker chops off it’s head to prevent it from propagating. Don’t let this late season beauty fool you – she will spread to all parts of your garden and, once sprouted, she does not give up her ground easily.



Pink carries on in Sedum ‘Maestro,’ one of the late season blossoms bees love.


But lavender comes to light in curly chives, set off here against the gray-green of santolina.



And, purples show up in hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ and phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’



Still, autumn’s shades are evident as summer draws to a close. Dogwood leaves dress in a fashionable plum and berries of Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ live up to their name.


Today, garden bloggers take center stage at May Dreams Gardens where Carol hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Head to May Dreams Gardens to see the glorious blossoms shining during this last Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for summer 2010. Soon it will be time to embrace the beauty of autumn. Happy gardening everyone.

14 comments for “Bloomin’ September

  1. September 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Blue Paradise Phlox? I will be looking into that one. I use loads of blue, and this one slipped by me.

  2. September 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Joene, Wow, your hydrangea looks great, they’ve all been brown and crunchy here for weeks. The consensus is this has been one of the works years for H. macrophylla in ages. I can’t believe how purple your dogwood leaves are, they are just starting to show the slightest fall coloring here. The recent cool nights are sure to help it along!

  3. joenesgarden
    September 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Donna. Blue Paradise blooms for about a month, and if deadheaded, keeps blooming – albiet with less gusto – for about another month. The one I photoed was a short sprout that put out its bloom late. But I’ll take it any time it blooms. This variety also seems a little more resistant to powdery mildew than the pink phlox varieties I have.

  4. joenesgarden
    September 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I think my hydrangea retained color because I watered them once a week, poured leftover sweet corn cooking water at their roots (we eat a lot of corn when it’s fresh), and they get afternoon shade. They are not as colorful as last year, but at least they are not brown. I wouldn’t say it’s been a bad year for H. macrophylla … the number of blooms was amazing. It’s just that most turned brown in the heat and lack of rain in July rather than holding color till fall.

    I think my dogwood turned early due a combination of lack of moisture and the fact that it is not very healthy. I may have to replace it. But for now I’ll enjoy the color.

  5. September 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

    One would not think you were short of water! Your gardens and blooms are so lovely and lush. Beautiful photos! ;>)

  6. joenesgarden
    September 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks, Carol. I’m pretty lucky they have held as long as they have.

  7. September 17, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Joene, It was great to see all your lovely flowers. I, too, was surprised to see that you still had Blue Paradise in bloom; mine finished ages ago. I get a chance to visit my Maine garden next week; maybe my Blue Paradise will be blooming again, too.

  8. September 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    That salvia and coleus combo is truly stunning!

  9. September 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Hi Joene – Great pix, great plants! You remind me how much I miss my deceased autumn clematis – added to the list!

  10. September 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Well, now I know who’s rain we’ve been having the last two months;)

    The predominant colors in my garden right now are white and yellow. I would have more pink but the asters are sulking. I’d better enjoy the show, we had our first frost on the road and grass last night. Yuck.

    Christine in Alaska, in denial

  11. joenesgarden
    September 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the photos, Jean. The Blue Paradise in the photo was a short late-comer. The more mature stalks are only sending out sporadic secondary blossoms. I guess the little guy didn’t want to be left out of the bloomin’ fun. Hope you find happy surprizes in your Maine garden.

  12. joenesgarden
    September 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Scott. I hoped the salvia would stand up against the limelight coleus, and this time I got lucky. Sometimes the magic works.

  13. joenesgarden
    September 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I’m lucky to have my autumn clematis, Cyndy, I lost two large vines but found this one volunteering. It required about 3 years of babying, but it was well worth the effort.

  14. joenesgarden
    September 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I don’t think our first frost is too far away, Christine, We normally have a killing frost before Halloween, but everything has been two weeks earlier than normal … what ever that is these days … so frost is likely to come early too. If I lived in Alaska I’d be in denial, too.

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