Sunday, September 15, 2013

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, September 2013

As I walked around photographing flowers for this month's Bloom Day post, I was struck by how many of them were blooms I have already showed this summer. Apparently, the flowers of August and early September are pretty long lived. So at the risk of boring you with the same-old same-old, here's what's blooming at Longview Ranch this September 15th: at least I took fresh pictures!

First up, a serious contender for my all-time favorite plant: Agastache 'Acapulco Orange'. How can you not adore its gorgeous coloring and summer-long bloom? Its pungent minty scent is an aromatic bonus.
It's not just the flowers that are colorful on this NOID Erica - the foliage gets warm orange tips this time of year that combined with the blossoms makes the whole plant glow.
Continuing in an orange vein, Kniphofia 'Timothy' has come blasting back with one last bloom.

Rudbeckia triloba is the color hit of my front garden. It's keeping the pollinators happy for sure.
The Cistus took a month off blooming and has decided to come back with more of its lovely crinkled flower petals.
Loropetalum chinense 'Sizzling Pink' is in a lot more shade than it used to be, and it's quietly continuing to put out more out-of-season blooms.

The tiny, bead-like magenta flowers on this NOID Persicaria are impossible to capture with my point-and-shoot camera. I keep trying, nonetheless.
Sidalcea oregana factored in my last post. This native is a happy little bloomer.

I grow almost no other salvias, but I can't resist the one-two punch of Salvia 'Black and Blue'. That intense color is a hit in the late-summer garden.

More in beautiful blue is this Caryopteris, now beginning to wind down.

I love the little white flowers on Delosperma 'Oberg'. It's supposed to be perennial and hardy here but I haven't had good luck overwintering it. It grows fast and I buy one (or two) every year so I guess that makes it an annual for me.

Lagerstroemia 'Natchez' is still pumping out fresh blooms. I'm taking that as a rousing approval of its spring relocation into the back garden.

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is hosted by Carol, of May Dreams Gardens. Hop over there to see what else is blooming everywhere this September 15th.

Happy Bloom Day!






21 comments:

  1. I have that Agastache too, and it is so fabulous! I love the flowers on Loropetalum. I planted one this spring, and it is doing well, but no flowers at the moment. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Our Loropetalum took awhile to bloom, too. It will happen!

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  2. I'm so late to the agastache party. I couldn't get the hang of the right time to plant them. Fall planting always had poor results so I gave up on them for a years. Spring planting is getting waaay better results. Love, love, love your R. triloba too!

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    1. Glad you figured out the agastache schedule. They are SO worth it, Denise.

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  3. Thanks for including the Loropetalum chinense 'Sizzling Pink' - after it was so highly recommended as a dark leaved evergreen I'm hungry for images in real garden situations.

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    1. Feel free to pop over for a look in situ, danger!

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  4. Rudbeckia triloba ! Must have ! Sadly , the landscape dudes around here have discovered Loropetalum, and they are often now seen as bronze meatballs , with little opportunity to bloom.

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    1. Oh, no! Poor things. At least they wouldn't try that with the rudbeckia...

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  5. I can't remember the name of that Persicaria , is it from Scott? I learned what I was doing wrong with Agastache ...do not cut it down in winter!

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    1. The Persicaria was from a family member years ago and I don't know more than that. Probably it's not a named cultivar. And I always cut my agastache back in winter...hmmm.

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  6. It's amazing just how much color is still in the gardens this year, mid-September! Lovely blooms and the blue salvia is just gorgeous!

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    1. Color is good-especially when we're headed into that four-letter word that starts with "f".

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  7. My tiny Agastache has blooms that color but not that floriferous, gorgeous! That is one of my favorite colors, along with blue. Your blue flowers look beautiful too. The flowers on my Persicaria 'Painter's Palette' look a lot like yours. You have a lot of different things blooming from mine.

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    1. Hannah, you agastache will get big and flowery!

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  8. No worries...these beauties can stand repetition, and I love the way you segue from one color to another in this post.

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  9. That Acapulco orange has got to be one of my favorite colors! So vibrant! And the Erica against the yucca (?) is scrumptious too. I didn't even bother this month... everything in my garden looks the same as the month before, except worse. Maybe I need to update my palette?

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  10. I just added a Delosperma this spring...and it has really done well...I guess we'll see how it fares overwinter.

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  11. So many gorgeous blooms in your garden! I especially liked your Agastache when you had your garden open and it's way cool that it's still going strong!

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  12. Amazing photos & I love the peach flowers

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  13. Hi Jane, Thanks for the heads up about the Delosperma. I bought this one in spring. It's still in a pot. I'll keep it close to the house and hope that it survives. My Persicaria 'Painter's Palette' is doing the same thing. I've been cutting them off so they don't seed all over the place. They're really pretty blooms though, in their own sweet way.

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  14. Love all the orange flowers! Also the Caryopteris - I've got some blooming in my garden for the first time.

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