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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day September 2012


 Happy Bloom Day Everyone!  Here are some ot the blooms in my garden this month.

 Tuberous begonias can't be beat for longevity of bloom.  These have been brightening my garden since late June!



Begonia boliviensis
 I first fell in love with this euonymus europaeus at Heronswood years ago and bought a male and female in four inch pots.  Because these are technically seeds and not blooms, I may be cheating a little by including them.


Clerodendron bungei

 Japanese anemones


 Eccremocarpus blooms
 and cool seed pods!
Phlox
The colchicum are in bloom!  Hooray. 
Seven years ago, I lost a most special dog who I still miss.  When we returned from the Vet's office, I roamed the garden and noticed that the colchicum had popped up and I saw it as a message from my little guy.  Colchicum have become his floral emblem and each year when they bloom, I remember with a smile and a tear the love and loss of my furry soul mate.

Dahlias
 

 
The hardy cyclamen are still blooming and now are starting to send up leaves for the winter, roses are still blooming their heads off, abutilons as showy as ever, the grasses and tropical foliage plants looking their best!   What a magical time in the garden September is.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  Head on over to her blog to see what is in bloom all over the world this month!

24 comments:

  1. I'm glad to see the Japanese Anemones in your garden. I bought one (only one, I think that's all I'll need) at the NHS sale yesterday. Just hoping I didn't make a mistake, it's just so pretty this time of year. I've resisted buying it for years because of its aggressive reputation, but I finally succumbed. The Euonymus seedpods are so colorful, I don't blame you for including them.

    So sorry to hear you are still missing your sweet dog. We lost a cat many years ago that I still miss.

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    1. Some of the Japanese Anemones have been less aggressive for me than others - like the ones that are in inhospitable sites or that I inadvertently dig up and then throw back in the ground. They are beautiful this time of the year!

      We've had lots of animals over the years and I love and miss them all but there are a couple who still tug at my heart in a big way, like you and your cat. Oh well, 'Tis better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all I suppose.

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  2. The planting with the Colchicum, Black Mondo, and Creeping Jenny (?) is gorgeous! Seems only fitting since it has such meaning for you.

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    1. That combo is what is in the circular bed beneath the topiary tree. When you were here in June, the bed was covered in the sickly-looking ripening foliage of the colchicum pretty much covering the mondo grass and creeping jenny. Fortunately, they're both strong enough to handle that for a month or so. Some of that black mondo came from your garden!

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  3. It's all beautiful, I especially love that euonymus europaeus. I agree that the Colchicum, Black Mondo and Lysimachia nummularia combination is fantastic. So nice that it brings memories of your furry friend... Is that Phlox 'Becky Towe'? I had that one here for a while but it faded away and finally disappeared altogether last spring

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    1. Thanks! It is Phlox 'Becky Towe.' I'm thrilled that it's a variegated phlox that is mildew resistant. Mine seems to be growing less robust each year.

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    2. That's what mine did, just got smaller and smaller every year until it didn't come back. Have you tried P. 'Nora Leigh' or the new P. 'Shockwave'? Both variegated varieties I've had no mildew issues with and one of my clumps of 'Nora Leigh' has been there looking great for ten years or so.

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  4. I am so sorry about your dog Outlaw, it's awful to lose a friend, we had a collie cross kelpie 3 years ago, just before we got Ben he passed away, he was 16, every year around the time of his passing i get immensely sad, i do still miss him, he was an amazing dog. I like to think our friends are in a better place. Have a lovely day, your begonias are very pretty.

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    1. Thanks Karen. There's something about loosing a pet that only other animal lovers can understand. I'm sorry to hear about your dog, too! Here's to loving our living pets and having fun digging in the dirt!

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  5. Not usually a big begonia fan, but I really like the look of the begonias in your garden.

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    1. Thanks. I try not to love them but they just seduce my eyes from across a crowded greenhouse & I end up bringing them home.

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  6. LOVELY! your lantana reminds me of my trip to Spain. I have been obsessed with them ever since!

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    1. The big box stores got a lot of them in this summer and I've heard that some varieties could possibly make it through the winter if they were kept dry enough. These are in a pot with an agave and a LOT of pearlite in the soil, lava rocks on the bottom and big drain holes. We'll see what happens.

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  7. Such awesome flowers and pictures! I especially like that colorful flower with yellow and pink and that pink begonia. Have a nice Sunday!

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    1. Thank you! I wish you a grand day as well!

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  8. Those begonias are fabulous! I usually just see the little annual ones here but saw some similar to yours in DC and now want to try them in my garden.

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    1. They're quite easy and bloom from June until the first frost for me. Can't wait to hear how yours do when you try them!

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  9. I really love to see the blooms in your garden. It just gave me joy to see the fruit of your hard work in gardening. Those roses are really lovely. Excellent job! Check my page at http://www.egardensheds.com.au/

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  10. Aha! The mystery of no wonderful dangling seed pods on my spindle tree is solved. Now if I only knew if mine is a boy or a girl.

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    1. I wish I knew how to tell. They sure looked the same in their little pots when I got them.

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  11. I love that the colchicums remind you of your furry friend.

    Also, I am drooling over euonymus europaeus... who cares whether something is technically a flower or a seed, when it looks that freaking cool?!

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    1. I'm a sentimental fool - A lot of my plants represent for me friends and family both living and gone so a walk through my garden is like a big family gathering but a lot quieter.

      Euonymus europaeus is beautiful this time of the year. It's deciduous and has little winter interest but it's quite wonderful to walk beneath a canopy of those fuchsia and orange danglers!

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  12. I, too, cheated and added the euonymus europaeus. We have several bushes growing wild in our forest, and I love the seedpods! Your blooms are lovely--so glad for Bloom Day and the chance to tour your gorgeous garden! Cheers!

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