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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day September 2017

It's hard to believe that it's the last bloom day of summer.  Like it or not, the autumnal equinox is only a week away.  Not a lot of new blooms in my garden this month, mostly late-staying guests at the summer party, lingering until Jack Frost breaks up the fun.


Forgot to take pictures of the toad lily blooms.  Interesting but not impressive blooms on fabulous foliage.

Colchicum are putting on their much-anticipated show.

For the first time ever, I've had a problem with powdery mildew on my tuberous begonias.  Many look rather dreadful  but there are a few stalwarts that continue to crank out flowers.

Sweet Alyssum and annual dianthus.

Sweet little single rose.  

Salvia 'Amistad.' S. 'Hot Lips' has been blooming all summer out in the parking strip but hasn't made a single GBBD post.

Second round of inherited daisies. 

Agastache 'Whoreallycares,they'remostlyallthesame' 

Tropaeolum speciosum

Pelargonum in a loud and tasteless color.  Begonia seedlings appeared in this pot and I left them to see what they were.  Turns out they're Begonia boliviensis in bright orange.  The combination would certainly cause nightmares for proper garden colorists.

Begonia boliviensis


Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy'

Grevillea 'Ivanhoe'
 Pinguicula 'Pirouette'


I knew the name of this once.

Fuchsia jungle.


Japanese Anemone

Funny, I just looked at a few previous September GBBD blog posts and the flowers are almost identical to those in this post.  Maybe I need to try growing something different.

Clerodendron bungei

Not really flowers anymore of Angelica stricta 'Purpurea.' 

Persecaria 'Golden Arrow' 

Eryngium 'Big Blue' looking a little brown. 

Canna 'Tropicanna' 


Hosta 'Stained Glass' 
Oops, forgot to take pictures of the hardy cyclamen but they're also blooming. 

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on the fifteenth of each month.  Click over to her blog to see what's blooming in gardens all over the world right now. 


  1. Is it today ? Better get my camera out . Happy bloom day !

  2. You are awash in blooms and lots of color. Way more than happening in my garden.

  3. I have no luck growing Fuchsias, so I love seeing yours.
    Your Tuberous Begonias are magnificent!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  4. You've taken your photos at night Peter and they look stunning!
    Your begonias are wonderful but my favorite are fuchsias. Very lovely.
    Happy GBBD!

  5. Oh crap, I didn't know powdery mildew could be a problem for tuberous Begonias, I'll have to watch for it on mine. You still have plenty of blooms, and nothing looks too scorched. I have so much brown foliage, it's disheartening. Happy GBBD!

  6. You're the master of nighttime flower photos!

  7. Oh, to have a fuchsia jungle! And tuberous begonia blooms. And more than a handful of Japanese anemones. And, and, and...Happy Bloom Day, Peter!

  8. These were "holy crap it's 10 PM and I forgot it's bloomday" photos? ;p Great stuff!

  9. I LOVE the fuchsias. They just don't make it through our summers and so we don't bother with them, but we always had them in hanging baskets when I was a kid.

  10. So many lovely begonias - your jungle is wonderful!

  11. Peter, your flowers are beautiful! I'm in love with those begonias, I wish they were easier to find here! I love the Clerodendron bungei too, I had one some years ago but didn't survive a transplant. Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. I wish there was a prize for the best photo caption.
    Agastache 'Whoreallycares,they'remostlyallthesame' would win first place!! Happy GBBD Peter!!!

  13. I love your sense of humor. I knew the name of that once...Whoreallycarestyey'remostlyallsame" sounds like me and many of my flowers. I just loved those fuschias - pictures that look likethey should be in a museum!

  14. You have so many blooms. It must be grand to have so much abloom now. I notice a few plants I am not even familiar with. Happy GBBD.

  15. I think the plants are all getting tired of the endless dry summer.
    I still have lots of flowers in my cutting garden, and some roses and fuchsias, of course, but most everything else is done. Sedums add spots of color now, where the raccoons haven't smashed them to bits.

  16. You have quite a lot of flowers staying up late for the party! I like your pictures in the dark! My garden is in that weird period where the summer flowers are starting to look really tattered, but the fall flowers haven't really opened up yet. I actually love your Begonia boliviensis - it's my favorite begonia!

  17. Those Fuchsias are gorgeous, as are all the other blooms. Salvia 'Amistad' is a wonderful plant. Is it a perennial by you? Many people plant as an annual around here. The color is so striking! Happy belated GBBD!

  18. You have still a nice collections of flowers in your garden. They look especially charming during night time.

  19. The dark background make the flowers absolutely GLOW!

  20. I am glad you rushed out at night and took the pictures. They are stunning and much better than anything I was able to show this month. Thanks for letting me enjoy your garden.
    Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry.Blogspot.com

  21. Got to get myself some Colchicum.


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