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September Blooms: GBBD, September 2015

September 17, 2015

I’m a couple days late joining the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day party, which is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

false sunflowerThis is a time of year when many flowers in my Maine garden, like these tattered specimens of false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), are starting to wind down. I would normally expect to have a few daylilies (Hemerocallis) blooming at this time of year, but the September-blooming ‘Sandra Elizabeth’ didn’t send up any flowers at all this year, and none of my reblooming varieties have sent up new scapes. Balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) are opening a few last blooms before they go dormant for the winter.

The summer phlox (Phlox paniculata) are still providing color in the early fall garden. A few white flowers of ‘David’ can still be found in the back garden, and nearby ‘Blue Paradise’ has produced a small second flush of blooms. In the front garden, the recently planted ‘Bright Eyes’ still has a few flowers, and the late-blooming variety ‘Robert Poore’ is still going strong.

september phlox

This is the time of year when sedums come into their own. In the newly planted Lavender Walk, flowers of ‘Autumn Fire’ are living up to their name. Elsewhere in the garden, ‘Matrona’ has attained a fairly deep coloring, while ‘Neon’ is just starting to deepen, and ‘Autumn Joy’ is still the palest pink. autumn fire new planting

september sedums

morning glories on fenceSome plants are just beginning to bloom. Morning glories (Ipomoea tricolor ‘Heavenly Blue’) have been opening a flower here and there on the back fence. These vines are loaded with buds, and may well provide a lush display in a few weeks if frost holds off long enough. On one side of the front steps, aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) ‘Bluebird’ is loaded with buds, but has not yet begun to bloom. On the other side of the steps, the New England aster (Symphyotrichum novii-angliae) cultivar ‘Alma Potschke’ has just begun to unfurl its buds.

alma potschke buds bluebird buds

But the most vibrant display of flowers at this time of year is not in my flower beds at all, but in the wild spaces along the side of the driveway and the edges of the woods. There several different species of wild asters combine with the vibrant flowers of goldenrod, reminding me that what I do is just a pale echo of Mother Nature’s art.

asters and goldenrod

11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2015 5:41 pm

    how wonderful to have an actual woodland edge in your garden!

    • September 21, 2015 8:35 pm

      LOL, Diana, the trick here is to keep the woodland at the edge of the garden. The woodland is always trying to insinuate itself into the garden.

  2. September 18, 2015 7:36 pm

    Wild asters – that’s my idea of heaven! I love that Sedum ‘Autumn Fire” too.

    • September 21, 2015 8:36 pm

      Kris, I came to gardening through a love of wildflowers and always find the freebie volunteers a special treat.

  3. September 20, 2015 12:19 pm

    I’m thinking I need another couple of Sedums. How would you compare ‘Autumn Fire’ to ‘Matrona’? As you say, this is the time for the asters and goldenrods, though mine are a bit slow to fully come out this year.

    • September 21, 2015 8:39 pm

      Jason (and Kris), ‘Autumn Fire’ is a close relative of ‘Autumn Joy’ but with more red in its coloring. Otherwise, it is very similar in size and habit to ‘Autumn Joy.’ It’s difficult for me to compare it to ‘Matrona’ because I just added ‘Autumn Fire’ and it was already blooming when I brought it home. I don’t know how it will behave next year when it comes up in the garden rather than in a pot. It doesn’t have Matrona’s dark stems, and I find the coloring of Matrona’s flowers more subtle.

  4. September 20, 2015 2:22 pm

    Oh I like the looks of the late flowering phlox ‘Robert Poore’ Jean. I’ve not heard of him before now so must investigate whether he’s available on this side of the pond.

    • September 21, 2015 8:40 pm

      Anna, I found ‘Robert Poore’ at a nursery here that specializes in phlox. The RHS plant finder shows two nurseries in the UK selling it (at least one of which does mail order).

  5. September 20, 2015 9:59 pm

    I love your Sedums and morning glories on the fence. I do great with the former but I can’t seem to grow morning glories to save my soul.

    • September 21, 2015 8:45 pm

      Jean, Trying to grow morning glories on the fence is a bit of a hire wire act here, because our summer is pretty much over by the time they reach the flowering stage. They will wilt at the first hint of frost. And even without frost, they have trouble opening on cold mornings (like this morning’s 37F). Still, I continue to grow them every year — the triumph of hope over experience. If you grow them from seeds, the seeds need to be nicked and soaked overnight before you plant them in order for them to germinate properly. Then you have to force yourself to thin them out when they get their first true leaves. This year I bought a six-pack of healthy seedlings from a local farm nursery; they all survived the transplanting process and grew happily up the twine a provided for them.

  6. September 25, 2015 5:06 pm

    Jean I love the look already of the lavender walk….you have so many lovely flowers adding beauty to your autumn garden….and I just found one daylily yellow blue from, ‘Happy returns’. Totally unexpected, and I thought of you!

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