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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day -- September 2012

I went out into the garden this morning with my camera, not hoping for much, and actually managed to find quite a few flowers to show for Bloom Day. Not big swaths of flowers, but a few pretties. If I can remember variety names, I'll post that. But for the most part, it would mean either hunting through my bag o' tags, or pulling them up from the ground (which would mean trying to get them back into the ground, which ain't easy in my parched, rocky soil). If you see something you just have to know the name of, let me know and I'll hunt it down.


Cyclamen hederifolium (the leaves have died back, and now the flowers re-appear)

Begonia grandis

Lobelia cardinalis
Rudbeckia fulgida with Fuchsia magellanica and Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch'

Fuchsia magellanica
Dahlia 'Black Beauty'

And a few other NOID Dahlias:

'Little Joe' Joe-Pye weed (which is taller than me)

Dark-leaved Cimicifuga in front of 'Chocolate' Joe-Pye

Red Twig Dogwood and Agastache 'Tutti-Frutti'
Honeysuckle reblooming

Leycesteria formosa 'Gold Leaf'


Hydrangea paniculata 'Annabelle'
Dianthus, still flowering along with ripening seedheads

Nepeta 'Walker's Low' has never stopped blooming long enough for me to cut it back. The bees love it!
Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'

The duo of Lemon Verbena and Bronze Fennel, backed up by a big hair band (Stipa tenuissimia)

Caryopteris clandonensis

I just love the pretty tasselly bracts of ornamental Oregano. I have two, I think. One is Origanum libanoticum and the other is 'Barbara Tingey.' Don't ask me which is which.

Ornamental Oregano

Another ornamental Oregano, slightly different
Coreopsis in the gravel garden


Agastache (Evergreen state? Say what? See my parched grass?)


Agastache and gold-leaved Caryopteris

Teucrium with leaves from Eryngium agavifolium

Salvia greggii

Salvia 'Hot Lips' minus her lipstick

One short, confused poppy and Pennisetum 'Karley Rose'


Geranium 'Rozanne' mostly. There are at least three other hardy Geraniums in there with her, but I think all the flowers are hers.

Lobelia tupa is close to open, maybe a couple more days

And, let's see what's flowering in my "To Be Planted" pile.

Salvia patens

Hardy Begonia


Japanese Anemone, probably 'September Charm' backed up by Hosta 'Sum and Substsance'

If that's not enough blooms for you, then you should find your way to May Dreams Gardens, where Carol Michel hosts Bloom Day on the 15th of every month. Bloggers all over the world post links there! Check it out!


  1. Alison,

    That is one nice planting of Cyclamen, wow! I think we have the same anemone in out garden they are stunning.

  2. Looks like you named them all Alison. I too, love the pink cyclamen, actually love it all. In the geranium bed what is the beaded garden art to the left?

  3. We have some of the same blooms, wish my cyclamen was as thick as yours!! What a nice variety of Agastache. You have a lot blooming this time of year, is this typical? Love it!

  4. Loved the pictures of your gravel garden, it looks wonderful!

    One of the dangers of crowding in plants like I do is that something gets lost in the jungle, I'd completely forgotten that I had a few Lobelia cardinalis....darn! They're so pretty I wish I'd moved mine before it was to late...

  5. Hi Alison, thanks for sharing your flowers! It is a great way to wake up in the morning, just gazing slowly at each image, and drinking in the beauty! I love the Agastache and your gravel garden and the Cyclamen, and all of it!


  6. Beautiful that Aster! I totally agree about the Oreganos...I have a few (that I don't always remember the names of) and just love them all...especially at this time of year). 'Rozanne' is a work horse, isn't can one plant bloom for SO LONG?

  7. Your Caryopteris is gorgeous! And high marks for the delicious-looking Cimicifuga/Chocolate Joe Pye combo. I had to laugh about your Nepeta remark: I'm in exactly the same boat and the bees aren't looking like they'll let up any time soon! Happy GBBD, a day late!

  8. You went out not expecting much? Really? Quite a crop of beauties, I must say.

  9. Yep. You've got a LOT going on in your garden. I love every single blossom.

  10. Wow! What a variety! Does your Cimicifuga grow in a sunny spot? Mine has darker leaves, it grows in shade. And, Alison, do you have more pictures of the ornamental oregano? I had something similar (got seeds from some farm while visited it) and did'n know its name. But, it had only one layer of petals...


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