Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2014

I haven’t contributed to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (15th) for some time now. To be honest I had forgotten all about it until I saw a couple of blog posts for GBBD on my Reader list. So spurred into action it’s time I did one for September.

The battery on my camera needs recharging so I took my iPad out into the garden to take pics of the remaining flowers in the garden. I still haven’t quite got to grips with WordPress in the iPad but here goes!

It is very dry at the moment, we have not had any rain for well over a week and the temperature has risen again, following a chilly August. Most of what flowers are left are looking a bit raggy but there are still enough to pick to make pretty posies.

The side patio is looking particularly good, especially the Passion Flower which is covered in more blooms now than there have been all summer.

The Fuchsia has struggled but is holding its own and will continue to flower for a good few months. You may notice some of the leaves have yellowed and look like the black spot you get on roses.

Next to them in the side border are the Japanese Anemones, not as many as in past years because I pulled a lot up but still enough to make a good display.


The Choysia is flowering again!

I know this is supposed to be about blooms but the front garden is looking colourful with wonderful red berries on the Skimmia. This large shrub usually has white blossom during the summer but seems to have continued to produce berries instead of flowers, not sure why.


The Cotoneaster which grows on the wall between me and next door is covered in berries also.

Going into the back garden again, the Sedum is taking on beautiful rosy hues.

The Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is on its second flush. I gave it a haircut some weeks ago which it seems to have benefitted from.

Behind the Salvia is the Penstemon.

I have a couple of yellow Dahlia plants that come up every year. I don’t dig up the tubers and they don’t seem to suffer from being left in the ground all winter.

The Cosmos continues to produce flowers although the stems have collapsed into the Dahlia bushes.

Tucked into the edge of the raised bed, it found some nasturtiums clambering through the Euphorbia. They come back every year but are looking slightly sorry for themselves this year.

Finally, although most of the flowers in the raised bed are finished, the Calendulas continue to flower, but looking at this photo I can see there is some serious deadheading to be done!

Thank you May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly meme.

Please hop over to her blog by clicking here and take a look at all the other September blooms.

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

9 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2014

  1. Love your Passion Flower, that is so beautiful. I must get more Salvias, yours are doing so well as are your Japanese anemones, lots going on in your September garden.


  2. Lovely photos. I leave my dahlias in the ground too as I am convinced that it is winter wet rather than cold which kills them I cover the tubers with newspaper and compost.
    I shall try your trick of cutting back my salvias, they are looking rather straggly now. Hotlips has lost all her lipstick and has just white flowers. A bit wishy washy.


  3. Hello again!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I do know what you mean by “set adrift” – I feel kind of lost without all the support given to me by the hospital staff. Even the lady who cleaned my room was so sweet and kind. But it is time to move on now and discover what lies ahead – perhaps an even better life than I had before!
    Best wishes to you


  4. Your anemones are lovely. Everyone says they are invasive, but here I still have just one straggly clump. Wish they would hurry up and do their thing. I laughed at the Hampton Hack, will have to remember that for next year!


  5. Hi Ronnie,

    It looks like you’ve far more going on there than I have up here. Everything seems to have finished; I think it’s due to the poor weather in August, they thought it was coming to autumn too early. However, saying that I also have relatively little changing colour yet.

    I might well cut back my ‘hot lips’ too and see if it too responds well to the trim as it’s slowing down.


    1. Thank you Liz. I was watching Gardeners World last week and a Salvia expert talked about the Hampton Hack for a second flush but I did my hack in the middle of August. It was a delight to see the flowers coming back again, it was not expected. I have just had a tidy up in the garden this afternoon and pulled up lots of dead plants. There is now a wide expanse of soil for the local cats!! I ordered a lot of spring bulbs last week so will put the in and cover everything with chicken wire.


  6. Your photos are so gorgeous…What a wonderful way to start Monday morning.


    1. Thank you! I wish the garden was a wash of autumn colour but maybe next year.


  7. Beautiful!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!


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