Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: September 2018


Welcome to my Garden Blogger Bloom Day post for September 2018.  I can't believe that summer is almost over.  This time of year we really don't have a lot of large showy flowers in our garden.  The heat of summer puts a damper on many of our blooming perennials, and they seem to take this month to start "waking back up".  We do a few a few showy flowers showing themselves this month.

We have one daylily in Mable's Garden who decided to throw up a scape and start blooming.  There a few buds a branches on the scape, but here is the first bloom.




The Pereskia grandifolia that was just starting to form buds and bloom last month has a number of lovely blooms currently, and plenty of buds for the future.




The Barrior Garden is a weedy mess right now.  In fact in some places you can't see the actual plants at all, just weeds upon weeds upon weeds.  It needs a lot of weeding every summer and it's one of the gardens that I've had to let go of for the time being.  There will be time to catch up in the fall and winter and the plants shouldn't be bothered too much.  It's only positive right now are the fabulous zinnias that stand above the weeds looking beautiful.








We have two strawberry pot containers near the tortoises and turtles that we planted up this spring with some Black and Blue Salvia and Purslane.  You can see the below shortly after they were planted.



Unfortunately, due to a toddler losing her balance, one of the salvias was snapped back to just a few inches, it's finally grown out of it's unfortunate pruning.  The other lost a large interior section just recently and neither is really blooming.  The Purslane are looking pretty good though.




When I went out to take photos and was whining to myself about the lack of blooms, so I decided to take some shots of the tiny flowers that are often overlooked in our garden.  The first are some little Mexican Heather blooms in our daughter's garden pot.  




With a little parental help she created herself a little container garden this spring.  It actually started to become a problem because she wanted to buy a plant or two (or three or four...) at every nursery we went to this spring.  The picture below was taken on Easter, hence the green egg.  A bunch of additional plants and two small rabbit statues have since joined the party.




Next is a small celosia bloom.  Our daughter planted a large pink variety in the spring (you can see it above).  Right now that is not exactly whats blooming.  I don't know if it's a result of the dry hot summer or if this guy self sowed himself.  Either way, he is darling.



The rosemary has been blooming off and on all summer.  Here is one of it's sweet flowers.




Of course the Abelia is blooming.  Some of our local pollinators seem to like it.



A few of our succulents have put up blooms recently.  While their flowers are tiny, they sure are pretty up close.  Love the red mixed with the silvery foliage colors of this plant.




There is always something happening in the Pollinator Garden.  Right now things are looking like the end of summer and I finally did get the black eyed susans cut back (just a few days ago).














The rains we have had brought out tons of different rain lilies.  I somehow didn't realize we had quite this many different kinds.

















Thanks for checking out this month's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day post.  If you want to see more fabulous gardens, visit May Dream Garden and see what is blooming around the country right now!

Comments

  1. My garden is slowing down this time of year, too. I just love all your rain lilies! Rain lilies are not really hardy here (though I am experimenting with the white variety). That is so cute that your daughter has her own little garden and is already getting addicted to buying plants!

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    1. We take it as a sign we're raising her right.

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  2. Well now, you found a lot of pretty blooms, and that is a great close-up of the bee!
    Love those cute little rain lilies!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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  3. I never got around to planting zinnias this year. My loss. Your are beautiful, as are all your blooms.

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    1. We planted them as seeds in the ground this year. I was a little concerned about them since that bed is a crazy mess, but they held there own and are looking great.

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  4. I love the rain lilies! So many varieties!

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    1. I know. I really enjoy them in that particular location.

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  5. Wow, what a collection of rain lilies you have! I've only ever seen them in white and pink. I love the Pereskia grandifolia too. It's only recently made an appearance here in SoCal.

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    1. The Pereskia came home as a cutting from the Plant Geek's job. I'm not sure it's available locally around us at all.

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  6. You've got a lot of gorgeous blooms in your garden. As for the "weedy bed" you're simply creating a naturalistic meadow including native pollinator -friendly plants and a habitat for all sorts of beneficial fauna. It's a service to the environment and I salute you!

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    1. I'm not sure how beneficial Johnson Grass and Bindweed are, but I'm going to go with it.

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  7. I'd never heard of rain lilies before! Beautiful, and my zone too! Now I'm on an Internet search for some bulbs to plant next month!
    Thanks for your beautiful photos. I need to rummage around for the "real" camera and stop using the phone camera!

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  8. Wait, no hurry like I thought (my last comment), rain lilies are probably spring planted bulbs, right? They bloom in summer, or early fall, so I have time to find some.

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    1. You can plant them whenever (According to the Plant Geek). He says it depends on when you can find them for sale. The also self sow, but don't necessarily come true from seed. I love plants that self sow.

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  9. Lovely lilies, Rebecca! I really love them , so beautiful are. I also liked your succulent tiny flower, I always wait for their blooming as well.
    Happy Sunday!

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  10. Oh you have a lot of lovely blooms! I always visit cold climate blogs to see the blues and violets uncommon in our hot tropics. That strawberry planter is so nice, i wish it gets common here too, which i might use for other annuals. I love it. And thanks for your visit.

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  11. Happy GBBD! You're lillies are lovely and you're right, even when the garden seems to be in a bloom lull, we often forget all the little things that are blooming!

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  12. It looks lovely! I'm actually itching for a dormant period. I'm ready for everything to just take a break.

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    1. So am I. We need a chance to get ahead of the weeds.

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  13. I enjoyed my visit to your garden and love all the rain lilies! Your photos of them are gorgeous too!

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