A Scarcity of Fall Blooms: GBBD, September 2012
The early spring and hot summer in south central Pennsylvania seem to have resulted in a scarcity of fall blooms in my Gettysburg garden. Last year at this time, I still had balloon flowers (Platycodon) and daylilies (Hemerocallis) as well as a profusion of morning glories (Ipomoea tricolor) blooming on the garden fence. This year, the morning glories failed to grow; the balloon flower has already gone into dormancy; and although the reblooming daylily ‘Happy Returns’ has put up a promise of more flowers to come, it is not currently in bloom.
Thank goodness for sedum! In the small circle by the patio, Sedum spectabilis ‘Autumn Joy’ has just started to color and is the softest of pale pinks. In the front flower bed, Sedum spectabilis ‘Neon’ is also a soft pink, on the way to the vibrant color for which it is named.
I have been away from the blog for almost two weeks, buried in the work of a new teaching semester that started with a bang. I am hoping to get back on track with this post.
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 blooming this month in gardens around the world.