As if the pandemic and the awful political state of affairs in the US weren't bad enough, Mother Nature threw us a couple of new challenges in September: a truly nasty heatwave and a boatload of terrible wildfires that have left us blanketed in smoke that refuses to move out of here. Still, I recognize that my husband and I are very lucky - we have our lives, our home, and our health, ignoring the persistent throat irritation and headaches I've had since the smoke arrived.
As spending a lot of time outside is inadvisable at the moment, half the photos I'm using for this Bloom Day post were taken earlier in the month; however, with one exception, all the plants shown are still in bloom now. I'll start with the exception.
The Yucca bloom was a short-lived surprise but let's proceed to September's floral stars, starting with the dahlias and the zinnias.
|Dahlia 'Labyrinth' wins the top spot. It has big, beautiful flowers and it's produced a steady stream of new blooms. |
|I planted plugs from 'Dreamland' and 'Profusion' Zinnia mixes here on the south side of the house|
There are plenty of other blooming plants making a statement this month too.
|The Hong Kong orchid tree (Bauhinia x blakeana) looked terrible for months but its twiggy branches are finally covered in both leaves and flowers|
|I finally got Clematis terniflora (aka sweet autumn Clematis) properly tied up against the south side arbor, encouraging it to climb but a couple of stems have also sought to weave themselves through the Coprosma 'Plum Hussey' at the plant's base|
|Cosmos bipinnatus is continuing its bloom-fest this month|
|The sunflower seeds I sowed produced disappointingly small plants but the Helianthus 'Delta Sunflower' (left) and 'Sunfinity' (right) I bought as plants are doing well|
|Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum' will only get better as we head into fall|
|Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy' lasts longer in a vase than anything else in my garden|
|I made repeated attempts to get a decent shot of this large Vitex trifolia purpurea in full bloom but none of my photos captured the plant's beauty well. The leaves are olive green on top and purple on the bottom and the flowers are a delicate blue.|
The dependable large-flowered Grevilleas are particularly floriferous this month. They didn't pay our recent heatwave a speck of notice as far as I can tell.
|This is Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream'|
|and this is Grevillea 'Superb'|
I had a few surprises as well this month.
|I didn't notice the blooms on this Leucophyllum laevigatum until mid-day yesterday. Regrettably, the greatest profusion of flowers faces the hedge.|
|This is the first time I've ever gotten a passionflower vine to bloom in this garden and this is the only bloom I've seen thus far. This is hybrid Passiflora 'Oakland'.|
|I discovered this noID Stapelia (aka starfish flower) in bloom earlier this month. It didn't last long. It's odor is said to attract flies but I didn't see many.|
I'd also like to offer special notice to a plant that normally gets little love.
|Phyla nodiflora (aka Lippia and frogfruit) has done a nice job as a groundcover below the backyard fountain. The flowers are tiny but colorful.|
With that I'll conclude as I usually do with color-coded collages featuring the best of what else is in bloom this month.
|Clockwise from the upper left: self-sown Amaranthus, Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun', Grevillea 'Ned Kelly', Penstemon mexicali 'Mini-bells Red', Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy', Salvia lanceolata and, in the middle, Grevillea 'Scarlet Sprite'|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' , Lantana camara 'Irene', Rosa 'Medallion', and Rudbeckia 'Sahara'|
|Left to right: Alstroemeria 'Inca Sunshine', Lantana 'Samantha', and noID Phalaenopsis|
|Clockwise from upper left: Allium tuberosum, Asparagus fern, noID Hoya, Gaura lindheimeri, self-sown Osteospermum, Pandorea jasminoides, and Coriandrum sativum|
|Clockwise from upper left: Cuphea 'Honeybells', C. 'Starfire Pink', Rosa 'Pink Meidiland', Eustoma grandiflorum, Osteospermum 'Berry White', Pentas lanceolata, and Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' (with 'Pow-wow Berry')|
For more Gardeners' Bloom Day posts, visit our host, Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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