Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - September 2018
|What better way to kick off September GBBD than with a picture of anenome 'September Charm'?!|
It is normal in the Pacific Northwest to have a summer dry spell, in the past it's been from July thru September, but this year the facet in the sky closed up with a tiny exception, in April. That is a long time to go without rain for a place that is 'suppose' to be mild and damp.
I've been keeping a regular watering schedule to keep the blooms fresh. I've added some plants that are more water wise and if this past summer is any indication of the changes to come for our region, I'll continue to modify my garden with more water-wise and pollenator focused plants.
Here are some plants that were a hit during the hot and dry summer...and are still blooming into September:
|salvia 'Black and Blue'|
I keep salvia 'Amistad' in containers. I winter them over in our garage. This has been a good way to keep most of the plants alive during winter. I'll try the same thing with salvia 'Wendy's Wish' this year. This salvia was new to my garden this year as well. I've been trying to incorporate plants that hummingbirds love. Salvia's are a hit with both the migrating 'Rufus' and year round resident 'Anna' hummingbirds.
|salvia 'Wendy's Wish'|
|agastache 'Apricot Sprite'|
|Hall's Honeysuckle - lonicera japonica 'Halliana'|
|calluna vulgaris 'Firefly'|
In the backyard, helenium is the plant that provides fantastic, summer long blooms. 'Mardi Gras' is a performer while 'Salsa' providese a pop of late season color.
|helenium 'Mardi Gras'|
|aster douglasii - an PNW Native|
|anenome 'Honorine Jobert'|
|hibiscus moscheuto 'Pink Clouds'|
|hibiscus moscheutos 'Jazzberry Jam'|
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is just starting to bloom and the bee's are loving it. I know, this is a plant that has been around the block, but this is the first year I've had it growing in the right conditions. It isn't falling over!! It's sturdy and frankly..exceptional at acting as a prop for the plants behind it. I need more. No. I need to completely redesign my pollenator garden to incorporate more. Yes. No. Yes. Hahaha!
|Sedum 'Autumn Joy'|
I have a few more plants that are blooming but here is where I'll leave this post. My crowing achievement. Inside, the plumeria cutting that I brought at the Hawaiian Botanical Gardens in March of 2017, bloomed. Can you believe it?!! I've never smelled such a spicey, sweet scent. This accomplishment outshines everything. I am the worst at growing plants indoors. This is a triumph.