Surprisingly, I do have a few flowers in my garden this month. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t spent much time out there, so it was nice to see that they do their thing without any interference from me.
Canna ‘Chocolate Sunrise’ planted with marigolds, velvety brown Salpiglossis, and a couple of dark-leaved Pennisetums. I really love this hot yellow-orange color, and have to make sure I remember to bring it inside before it gets too cold around here.
Anna’s Promise – a new rose whose creation was inspired by Anna in the hit TV-drama Downton Abbey. We got it as a sample at the nursery this spring, and my friend and co-worker William thought I should give my namesake rose at home. I’m glad I did!
Another rose – Twilight Zone. Cool color, and great fragrance!
The Edgeworthia chrysantha has set buds for this spring. I make a point to enjoy them now, in case we have a colder than usual winter again – in which case they will most likely freeze off.
I was originally intrigued by the pretty veining pattern on the leaves of this Salvia mexicana, but I should have known better. I have so little of the hot sunlight it craves, that it took it until now to bud. I doubt I will see any blooms before frost hits. If it does survive the winter, I think it will either have to move to my hell strip, or find a new family to live with.
The Eupatorium purpureum is finally blooming, but as you can tell, it is flopping over rather badly. Again, a sun issue, which also manifests itself in the fact that the leaves are a lot more green now than the pretty black leaves I fell for. I guess it will have to move too. Nice plant, though – I like it!
Happy to announce that the grasses are blooming! Little blue stem ‘The Blues’ and Botleya ‘Blonde Ambition’ are doing alright. They are on the west side of my house, and don’t really get hit by direct sun until mid afternoon. A little floppy maybe, but not bad considering the light situation I’ve forced them into. Apologies for the fuzzy photo.
Salvia greggii and Anemanthele (Pheasant grass) – also without enough light to truly thrive, but they are being troopers and hanging in there.
The Fuchsias are the true stalwarts in my garden in late summer/fall.
Started bringing in the tender varieties this past week. Yikes – the shelf above my kitchen sink is awfully crowded…
Finally, I figured out what my problem is. I garden in vignettes! I can’t help myself. I always look at things in context, and this doesn’t necessarily change when I’m among plants. Where a “normal” gardener might just buy the plant(s) he or she needs for a particular spot, I end up with a whole new vignette – or in this case parts of two vignettes. Who cares if I have a spot for it – it looks so good! So, these lovelies came home with me today. I really like how the stray Little blue stem flower looks with the Aster and the Kale… It just might have to become a pot somewhere. But where…?
I have been told I’m an addict. This is true – if there was such a thing as Plantoholics Anonymus, I’d be the first to join. To see what grows in more disciplined gardeners’ gardens, head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens. As always, thanks for hosting, Carol, and Happy Belated Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day!