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, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day September 2018

I'm a little later than usual as yesterday was a 14 hour work day and I had an early morning appointment today.  Nonetheless, I got up literally at the crack of dawn to see what was blooming in my zone 8 Northwest Washington State Garden.  No one  wants to miss Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, the delightful meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens!

Most of what's blooming this month was also blooming last month with a few exceptions:

Crinodendron hookerianum bloomed heavily this spring and is putting out a few blooms this fall as well.

It's hardy cyclamen time!

Colchicum autumnale

Tricyrtis AKA toad lily

Now, for the repeats...

Despite a continuing battle with powdery mildew, there are still a few tuberous begonias.

This Begonia boliviensis must have seeded itself   because I certainly didn't plant it in a pot of pelargonium wintering in the greenhouse last year. 

Russelia 'St elmo's fire'

Fragrant cloud decided to put on the heaviest show of the year just in time to be battered by the rain.  Neat.

Some other roses.

Angelica purpurea AKA Aphid Magnet.

My one dahlia that simply won't die despite being treated horribly, left outside in an unsightly plastic pot.

Petunia 'Starry Night'

Meanwhile out in the greenhouse, Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' has decided to cover most of the greenhouse with a curtain of glorious and fragrant blooms.  The plant always times this spectacle to occur after all the garden tours are over. 

I have to take pictures so that people know that this actually happens.  

Fuchsias and abutilons continue. 

Cannas are mostly finished. 


Hydrangeas are taking on their autumn tones. 

Japanese Anemone

There are a few more begonias hiding out here and there. 

Aloe somethingorother (also spelled toolazytolookatthetag.)


There are a few more stragglers out in the parking strips but nothing you haven't seen before.  Hope you have a fabulous GBBD!


  1. Peter, I love this post SO MUCH because I think gardens at night have their own little magic. A few years ago I started going to my dahlia garden at night and it is amazing how flowers and plants react when the sun goes down and the temperatures get cooler. And the night makes your blooms extra special. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

  2. I loved your "crack of dawn" shots. Not sure how well my iPhone would do them but there is something magical about lighting just before dawn. Loved your Starry Night petunia; mine gave up a couple of months ago, RIP.

  3. Beautiful!
    I was scrolling down admiring your blooms - 'oh, that's pretty' - 'love that color' - etc, etc. And then Starry Night Petunia - Wow! and double Wow! Amazing!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  4. My Crinodendron did not appreciate the hot, dry summer, but it survived. The spot I planted it seemed a lot dry than usual. I love the Billbergia/Kalanchoe combo! I have a Vriesea like that, too, but mine just keeps getting bigger, not blooming. It's a monster.

  5. Thanks for getting up at dawn to photograph your panoply of flowers, Peter. You have such a wonderful collection. That 'Starry Night' petunia has single-handedly redeemed the whole petunia genus for me. As to your begonias and fuchsias, I stand in awe.

  6. I always think that early morning is the best time in the garden, you have just proved it! You have so many lovely blooms, inside and out, your brugmansia is simply amazing!

  7. Wow, you really were out there in the dark. Your photos today have an eerie quality to them. So sorry that back-to-school-time is making for such hard work days for you. I know you must miss those lazy hazy days of summer. That towering Brug is amazing! Happy GBBD!

  8. Peter, you have worked 14 hours! So I like your night photos, many flowers are still in bloom. Your Colchicum autumnale is blooming like mine one, it's amazing plant, isn't it? Love your fuchsias, they're nice!
    Happy GBBD!

  9. Peter,that is one amazing profusion of blooms,especially the variet of fuchsias are just amazing,Have a great week ahead

  10. That is a really spectacular September garden. I can't believe that autumn is upon us.

  11. Fabulous blooms - the Brugmansia esp. You really were up at the crack of dawn - such dedication! :)

  12. Peter, your energy level makes me exhausted -- Happy GBBD!

  13. Your garden always seems like a delightful jungle. So many fabulous things to see. Love everything, but especially the cyclamen, the burgmansia and all the fuschias.

  14. Of course your roses pump out new blooms -- just in time for rains! It's Murphy's gardening law. Fabulous show of blooms! Happy GBBD!

  15. Petunia starry night...beautiful!!

  16. Always amazing to see your bloom day posts, Peter. Your Fuchsia collection, in particular, is quite impressive! Fuchsias perform pretty well here, too, and I love to watch the hummingbirds nectaring on them. :)

  17. So much still beautifully in bloom in your garden. I spent the weekend working in the garden despite temps in the 80s. Trying to get all my planting projects finished, so I missed GBBD.

  18. Dawn in a wonderful time to stroll through the garden. Glad you took your camera along. I love your collection of fuchsias and begonias. Abutilons always bloom for me during fall. I have them as annuals. Have a good week.

  19. Petunia 'Starry Night' should always be photographed in this early morning, still a little dark, light.

  20. You've make so many people happy by getting up at the crack of dawn to take these photos, so thank you! It is always such a pleasure to visit your garden!


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