Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Bloom Day!

Yellow Wood Sage (Salvia koyame)
If you look into my garden from next door or across the street, you will see a lot of green but maybe nothing blooming. It's been an unusual year, starting with a very slow spring—cool and wet. Everything grew very tall and then flopped until I tied it up or cut it back. Then it got hot and dry and everything bloomed out early, or else the deer pruned all the flowers off.

Even so, there is more than might appear, and if you take a stroll through, these are some of the blooms still hanging on.

Yellow wood sage is blooming and spreading and I couldn't be more pleased.


Pink zinnias attract more butterflies than almost anything in my garden, but I haven't seen very many at all this year, unfortunately.

Toothache Cress (Spilanthes acmella)

I got seeds for toothache cress several years ago and planted them outside, which was the recommendation, but they never sprouted. So I ordered them again this year and started them inside, and I got so many I didn't know what to do with them all! Toothache cress has been one of my favorite new plants this year. I like the olive colored leaves and the goofy eyeball blooms. If you chew the flower heads, your mouth will go numb, which is why it is used for toothaches.

Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit)

Cypress vine is one of those plants you have whether you want it or not after it gets its foot in the garden gate. I let it shade out my Berggarten sage without realizing it and now the sage is struggling to return from a moldy mass of stems. But I love the spots of red climbing anything vertical, and hummingbirds do, too.

Phlox paniculata

It was a very good year for phlox. A very very good year. P. stolonifera, P. pilosa, P. divaricata and P. paniculata all grew by leaps and bounds.

A white-eyed Phlox paniculata 



Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

I have a sloppy habit of sticking cuttings in pots of other things and then forgetting about them. This beautyberry is one of those. It took my husband and me quite a while to figure out what it was, but then it bloomed…and now look at it! It's still in the pot with a pathetic rose. Poor rose, you've been overshadowed.

Fireworks Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks')

I've posted about Fireworks goldenrod plenty of times but it's such a star of the garden when it blooms that I have to mention it again. It's unbeatable for gardens in this area. I have several clumps in varying amounts of sun and it does fine in all of them. It also takes very dry and compacted soils.

Peach Melba Nasturtium (seeds from Botanical Interests)

I thought the nasturtiums would love the extra cool we had this year, but they didn't seem to. Or maybe they like a hefty dose of sun with their cool temperatures. At any rate, they are still throwing a few blooms. This one was kind of unusual and pretty.

Hardy Begonia (Begonia grandis)
Hardy begonia didn't do so well in the garden, but in the cracks between patio stones, and against this wall, they are beautiful!

Viola tricolor

Can you believe the violas never stopped blooming all summer? I didn't mind at all.

Dianthus plumarius 'Sweetness'

This pink bloomed off and on all summer, too.


I took my orchids outside maybe six weeks ago and this one quickly made a few buds and just a day or two ago started to bloom! I can see that slugs are getting to it, so I'll have to bring it in soon.

White Wood Aster (Eurybia divaricata)

White wood aster is beginning to spread around the woodland garden.

Collinsonia canadensis (or possibly C. verticillata)

Collinsonia has odd little blooms with some fragrance, though I don't think mine smells lemony as most descriptions say. Collinsonia is a large, kind of loose and lush wildflower, also known as horsebalm or stoneroot. It's really nice in the wildflower or native garden.

Symphyotrichum laeve 'Bluebird'



Symphyotricum ericoides 'Snow Flurry'

The asters (Symphyotrichum) started blooming early this year, in fact the New England asters (S. novae-angliae) have bloomed most of the summer.

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Fanny's Aster' with Goldenrod



Sedum 'Matrona'

I only get blooms every other year or so on my sedum because our deer love it so much, so I'm excited about this dusty pink clump. Honeydew melon sage and Ryan's Yellow mums are beside it. I hope to have blooms on those for October's bloom day.

See what's blooming in other bloggers' gardens around the world today at May Dreams Gardens: Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

I'm glad you stopped by!

Daricia