September Bloom Day: Not Quite Fall
September is a transitional month. Summer fades away as fall creeps in. Let’s see what’s in bloom at the mid-point of this ninth month of the year.
Don’t tell me you’re tired of Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) and Monarch Butterflies. If you do, I’ll ignore you.
The jolly orange giant is still robust. I deadhead the flowers zealously. Occasionally a stem breaks off, but more grow back.
It’s grown unusually tall this year.
The Mexican Sunflower seems to dominate the ‘Gateway’ Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum), not an easy thing to do.
September is the month of the Susans. Here is a view of the house from the street.
There is Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba), which I wrote about recently.
And Black-Eyed Susan or Orange Coneflower (R. fulgida).
It’s not really fall because so many of the asters are not yet in bloom. There are a couple of early risers among Short’s Aster (Symphyotrichum shortii), Aromatic Aster (S. oblongifolius) and New England Aster (S. novae-angliae), but the vast majority of buds are shut tight.
A few Asters are in full bloom, such as Big Leaf Aster (Eurybia macrophyllla) but these are not the stars of the Aster clan.
The Goldenrods (Solidago sp.), however, are fully awake. Looking best right now is Anise-Scented Goldenrod (S. odora), a compact plant that grows in sun or part shade. I’m told this Goldenrod makes a particularly nice tea, but I’ve never tried it.
There seems to be a lot less Blue-Stem Goldenrod around – perhaps it has been partly overshadowed by larger neighbors.
In the back garden there is a lot of Zigzag Goldenrod (S. flexicaulis), an aggressive spreader that likes shade.
The ‘Matrona’ Sedum (S. telephium) is still looking good.
I think it goes really well with Calamint (Calamintha nepeta) and its tiny white flowers.
Both ‘Matrona’ and the Calamint are covered with bees.
The Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) is becoming more and more floriferous. I love that blue.
The roses are getting a second wind. ‘Darlow’s Enigma’ is sporting big bouquets of fragrant little white flowers.
This isn’t a very good picture, but here’s our ‘Darlow’s Enigma’ growing up the arbor in the back garden. Most of the flowers are up at the top.
‘Sally Holmes’ is contributing a few small trusses as well.
Let’s close with a picture of a new resident of the shady back garden: Toad Lily (Tricyrtis formosana). I planted just a couple of these, but I’m looking forward to bigger clumps and more flowers next year.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Follow the link to see more gorgeous flowers than you can shake a stick at.