Glories of the Early Fall Garden: GBBD, September 2013
The morning glories (Ipomoea tricolor ‘Blues Brothers’) blooming on the patio fence are the glory of my Gettysburg garden in September. I love the two different colors of flowers in this seed mix. My morning glory seeds never germinated in 2012 and I missed their gorgeous presence in fall, but this year they have outdone themselves. By the time I returned to Gettysburg in late August, the vines had long ago topped the fence and were well on their way to taking over my neighbor’s patio. Having been corralled back to their proper side of the property line, they have grown around one another, forming thick ropes that are flowering profusely. Having such a wealth of morning glories this year is a special gift because this is my last year living in Gettysburg, and the tropical morning glory vines will never bloom this luxuriantly in the colder climate of my Maine garden.
The other plants that are blooming profusely this month are varieties of Sedum (stonecrop). S. telephium ‘Matrona’ is the first of this genus to bloom in my garden and has already begun the transition from flowers to seedheads. This plant, with its maroon stems and red-tinged foliage, is intended to be a tall, elegant presence in the fall garden, but mine was forced by an overhanging forsythia branch (since removed) to grow prostrate this year.
|S. spectabile ‘Neon’ is rapidly becoming my favorite of this group. Growing in my front flowerbed, it is at the height of its bloom and is showing a range of colors from palest pink to red.|
|Other flowers in my garden include a few scattered blooms on Geranium x ‘Rozanne’ and some blooms of Pelargonium (annual geranium) and Osteospermum still soldiering on in the half-barrel container at the front of the house.|
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what is in bloom this month in gardens around the world.
[I apologize to my readers for my relative absence from the blogosphere in recent weeks. I’ve been having trouble juggling the 70-hour-a-week demands of my heavy fall teaching semester, various home and financial projects demanding my attention as I prepare for retirement, and two blogs. I have made a resolution to get at least 6-7 hours of sleep per night this semester, and blogging has been sacrificed in favor of sleep. It is likely that, from now until the semester ends in mid-December, I will only find time to write one blog post per week, alternating posts to this blog and my retirement blog every other week. I’m looking forward to being able to devote more time to blog writing and reading when my time crunch eases in spring. Thanks for your understanding.]