|With the autumnal equinox only a few days away, the Maine weather has turned cool and crisp, marking the end of summer and the arrival of fall. Early morning temperatures have dipped to the mid-thirties several times, flirting with frost, and many plants are responding to the cool temperatures and shorter days by going into dormancy. There are still blooms to be found in the garden, however.
Spirea japonica x ‘Magic Carpet’ continues to make new flowers, as does Heuchera ‘Raspberry Ice.’ Both of these have been blooming continuously since June.
|The sedums have just begun to bloom and are in their glory, totally unfazed by the cool, dry weather. These include ‘Matrona’ blooming in the fence border, ‘Autumn Joy’ in the deck border, and ‘Neon, brought north from my Gettysburg garden and waiting in the holding area for a new home.
|Other hardy plants that are not intimidated by the cold include Rudbeckia laciniata x ‘Herbstsonne’ and Phlox paniculata ‘David.’ There are still a few flowers on Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Fuji Blue’ in the blue and yellow border, and Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’ is even forming new buds.
|In the fence border, three daylilies (Hemerocallis ‘Autumn Minaret,’ ‘Final Touch,’ and ‘Sandra Elizabeth’) still have buds, but are struggling to open them on these cold mornings. ‘Sandra Elizabeth’ has become nocturnal, finally getting enough warmth to open its flowers in mid-afternoon and then keeping them open through much of the next day. Other plants covered with buds may never get a chance to open them. Two flowers opened on my morning glories (Ipomoea tricolor ‘Heavenly Blue’) when we had some hot weather two weeks ago, but the remaining buds stopped growing once the cold weather arrived. An aster (Symphyotrichum laeve ‘Bluebird’) in the blue and yellow border, similarly covered in small buds, may bloom if frost holds off.
Much of the bloom in my garden these days is actually at the edges of the garden, where it borders the woods. There native asters and goldenrods are happy to welcome autumn.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see September blooms from gardens in a variety of climates.