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A Late Report on the Late Season Garden: GBBD, September 2011

September 16, 2011

I am late for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day this month, delayed both by events at work that swallowed up huge chunks of time and rain on bloom day that made it difficult to get out and photograph the garden. Today, however, brought sunny skies and crisp fall temperatures – perfect conditions for viewing the fall garden.

Sedum and hosta in my Gettysburg garden in September (photo credit: Jean Potuchek)Sedums are the stars of my Gettysburg garden this September. Flower of Geranium 'Rozanne' (photo credit: Jean Potuchek)In the larger back flower bed, Sedum Matrona is showing off against a backdrop of dramatic hosta foliage.  The only other blooms in this part of the garden are a few blue-violet flowers on a young Geranium x ‘Rozanne.’ The fall-blooming daylilies that would usually be in flower at this time of year have already finished.

On the patio, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is just beginning to open its flowers. Its delicate pinks combine with those of an annual geranium and Osteospermum to provide a gentle accompaniment to the blues of morning glories (Ipomoea tricolor) blooming profusely on the fence at one end of the patio and balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflora) still blooming and making new buds at the other end of the patio.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' just beginning to bloom (photo credit: Jean Potuchek) A pink osteospermum blooming in Gettysburg (photo credit: Jean Potuchek)
Blue balloon flower blooming in my Gettysburg Garden (photo credit: Jean Potuchek) Morning Glories blooming on the patio fence in Gettysburg (photo credit: Jean Potuchek)

Sedum and daylily blooming in my Gettysburg front garden (photo credit: Jean Potuchek) In the small flower bed at the front of the house, Sedum spectabile ‘Neon’ is making a strong showing – here paired with the cheerful yellow flowers of Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns,’ the only daylily still blooming in my garden.

Flower of Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns' blooming in September (photo credit: Jean Potuchek) Flowers of Sedum 'Neon' (photo credit: Jean Potuchek)

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what’s blooming this month in gardens from around the world.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2011 12:25 pm

    Your late summer garden has a cool refreshing air about it with the pinks, blues and greens. I am determined that next summer I will have some sedum in the garden, somewhere, even if it’s in a pot! I know the butterflies will appreciate it, and I’m desperate to see anything blooming here this time of year.

  2. September 17, 2011 8:48 pm

    Jean, one of my favorite authors talks about ‘Moonshine’ yarrow being able to pair well with either hot or cool shades, and it looks like your sedums have the same capacity. I’ve normally seen them with warmer, autumn shades, but they look just wonderful with the gentler colors you’ve chosen, too. I have to say, though, it looks like foliage is really the star of the show–what gorgeous, lush leaves you have, in that top photo especially!

  3. September 17, 2011 9:07 pm

    Jean how well I know the intrusion of work….your bloom day pictures are so lovely..even the hostas are gorgeous. Mine are fading with the cooler temps, but I do have daylilies still blooming and geraniums coming on for a second time…I just love your sedum and the gorgeous dusky pink…

  4. September 19, 2011 10:25 am

    That’s a lovely patch of greenery in your first photo. I like the subtle colours of the yellow in the hosta leaves and the light pinks of sedum to add just a touch a colour.

  5. September 19, 2011 12:16 pm

    Autumn Joy doesn’t seem to be grown much out my way, but I ran into a few pots of flowering joy at the nursery yesterday–very perky. Belated or not, happy bloom day to you. (Isn’t every day bloom day?)

  6. September 19, 2011 2:15 pm

    Your sedum is spectacular! And I am still admiring that lovely specimen of morning glory…stunning! Happy GBBD!

  7. gardeningasylum permalink
    September 22, 2011 8:16 pm

    Beautiful compositions with practically perfect sedum – the Mary Poppins of plants! When Sydney Eddison spoke to our garden club, she said that sedum always looks good, even when it’s dead 🙂

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