Garden Bloggers Bloom Day : 15 Sept 2012

Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.

–  William Wordsworth, September

Here we are the middle of September and perhaps, especially for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, taking stock of what is left in the garden.  It does serve to make me actually stop and take a proper look at what is left flowering and to my surprise there is still quite a lot.  All these photos I took early this morning, so the lighting is different to what it would be later on in the day.  September has a wonderful clear quality to the light, something I am beginning to learn about, especially when it comes to photography.

The Japanese Anemones and Fuchsias are still in full swing and looking very happy and healthy.  I would have liked to have included a photo of the Passion Flower but it has been a bit mean with its blooms this year and there are none left now.

The South facing sunny border, to the left of the garden, is very dry and last week I cut down the dried up, dead and dying Peony leaves as well as the Geum, which didn’t fair too well in its new home this Summer.   I have one solitary Verbena Bonariensis, which is swaying in the wind and looking slightly ridiculous, so I didn’t bother to photograph it.  I must remember to plant several together next time with the hope that they all self seed and clump up.

I noticed that the Salvia Hot Lips were flowering again and as I got closer with my camera, I saw new buds on the Penstemon also, so life carries on despite Autumn knocking on the door.   I have collected as many Cerinthe seeds as I can, leaving some with the expectation of it coming back again next year.

As you are probably all too aware, September brings out the spiders.  If your garden is anything like mine, you will find yourself entangled in a spiders web very quickly.   I try to remember to walk with something in front me , just to break the web before I feel I have to brush anything out of my hair.

Earlier this year I bought a little pale leaved plant from the A&E bench at the local garden centre. I then lost the label so Tweeted a photo of the pretty blue flower asking for it to be named. True to form, Twitter came up trumps and I know the plant to be Caryopteris. That and the Sedum look very colourful together as well as the Nasturtiums that continue to flower.

In the bottom flower bed, almost everything has now gone to seed or died. This weekend I will be collecting as many seeds as I can from the Poppies and Love in the Mist. The Hisbuscus is still flowering and the Michelmas Daisies are just about to burst through – always a very pretty, almost shocking, pink which lends a bit of brightness to an otherwise dull border at this time of year.

Taking a quick look at the front garden, the Skimmia which has been covered in red berries all summer, is now producing new berries, which look like little green apples just beginning to ripen. Then there is the magnificent Hydrangea which, with its enormous mopheads, has been absolutely splendid this year.

Finally on this September Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, I can’t leave you with a rose. The Compassion Rose, which sulked for a while earlier this summer is doing itself proud and making up for lost time.  It has a slightly autumnal burnished look to the buds which makes it all the more attractive at the moment.

Please now visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens and see what everyone else has got for their Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

16 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day : 15 Sept 2012

  1. Lovely blooms! I love all your shades of pink here and there softening into pastels. I have spiders and webs everywhere it seems. I suppose it is that time of year. Your garden is beautiful and filled with such elegance.


  2. Thank goodness for Japanese anemones–they are saving our garden right now, because without them and lantana–my beds would be nearly bloom-less! Luckily, I think our SC gardens are beginning to recuperate from the summer’s heat, so I hope to see more blooms soon. Your garden is lovely–the Compassion rose is stunning. I also had to laugh a bit about the spiders. Our large veggie garden is in the far back, and I must walk through a path along our forest to reach it. I always take a long stick and swing it in front of me to avoid the webs! I’m sure the neighbors think I’m a crazy person! 😉 Happy Bloom Day to you! Look forward to visiting your garden again soon!


  3. You do still have lots of pretty blooms! I especially like your anemones and also your lovely rose! My garden is really winding down now in preparation for fall, and I admit I have become entangled in a few spider webs lately!


  4. Oh and btw, I find my Verbena only ever reseeds itself in the tier – in the bark chippings and the pebbles. I never find them popping up in the borders. Collect the seed though and try sowing it, as they will sprout.
    But yes it is likely the snails/slugs will gobble them up; early on in the year I always surround vulnerable plants with organic pellets for a month or so and this gives them enough of a chance that they do survive to bloom. Although I don’t find they eat the Knautica?? I must be lucky! 😀


  5. Hi Ronnie,

    Lovely photos and jealous that you seem to have so many Anemone blooms! One day… one day I’ll have the same too; just need to find a spot where they’re happy.

    I never get berries on my Skimmia, I guess yours must be female?? (I assume the females have the berries and the males the showy blooms???)

    Hope you have a nice weekend; I’ve been attempting to plant bulbs but the ground is too dry so I’ve given up and mown the grass instead.


    1. Hi Liz : my soil is absolutely solid at the moment so I have just mowed the lawn and trimmed the edges. Maybe next weekend for bulb planting. I bought a large selection of tulip bulbs from Wilko so hoping that at least some of them come up next year.


      1. Hi Ronnie,

        I was using a trowel, but struggling to get past 15cm down, and in fact in borders where I hadn’t touched the soil for a while, even getting to 15cm was difficult! It’s supposed to rain tomorrow pm so I might try after work some time.

        What bulbs did you buy? I bulk buy online and depending on the bulbs they come in bags of 100, 50, 20 and so on. That’s why I always end up with so many, but with small bulbs like Crocuses, you do need a lot and 100 soon goes!


  6. We have many of the same plants. I’m sure your Cerinthe will start popping up everywhere; I don’t think I could eradicate them even if I wished too, mine are already germinating pushing forth their familiar foliage. Verbena is another plant that just self seeds everywhere. Christina


    1. Hi Christina. I am hoping that the cerinthe reseed themselves but as nothing else does in my garden I am not taking any chances. Plant such as Verbena and knautica never come back the next year and I wonder if it is because I have so many snails that all new shoots are gobbled up.


      1. Maybe your soil is heavy or wet, they need free draining soil. Verbena has such tough leaves I wouldn’t expect them to be particularly attractive to slugs and snails. Christina


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