The hardest part of pulling together this month’s Bloom Day post was deciding when to stop taking pictures. The angled autumn light is lovely all day long, and as the cooler temperatures bring out the richest flower and foliage colors, I keep wanting to grab the camera and wander around outdoors. I guess I should be grateful that we had a rainy afternoon to make the computer more tempting than the garden.
I usually think of zinnias as summer flowers, but they’re really at their best once fall arrives. At the top of this post is narrowleaf zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia) with ‘Sweet Caroline Bronze’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas); above is ‘Red Spider’ zinnia (Z. tenuifolia) against New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) and ‘Profusion Orange’ zinnia’.
This is also peak time for some of the annual vines. Above, ‘Whopper Orange’ black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata) has woven up through chicken gizzard plant (Iresine herbstii ‘Aureoreticulata’). Below is hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab).
Above, ‘Sunpatiens Compact Deep Rose’ New Guinea impatiens with ‘Splash Select Rose’ polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya).
Below, ‘Hella Lacy’ New England aster with Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’) and ‘Floricolor Gold Ring’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides).
Above, ‘Golden Delicious’ pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) with ‘Burgundy Giant’ fountain grass (Pennisetum).
Below, common witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana).
Above, Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha), New England asters, ‘Sunshine’ red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea), and ‘Aureoreticulata’ Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica).
Below, ‘Cassian’ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) with rigid white-top aster (Symphyotrichum retroflexum) and orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida).
Above, ‘Issai’ purple beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma) in fall color with aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium). (There are many more plants with great leaf color right now, so I did a separate post for them at Gardening Gone Wild, in The Fall Color Project 2010 – Pennsylvania Style).
Below, Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus).
Above, ‘Ozawa’ ornamental onion (Allium thunbergii).
Below, ‘Rosy Dawn’ autumn crocus (Colchicum) with creeping bramble (Rubus pentalobus) and a bit of ‘Angelina’ sedum (Sedum reflexum).
Above, ‘Tiger Cub’ dwarf corn (Zea mays) with ‘Sheffield Pink’ chrysanthemum and silver ponyfoot (Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’).
Below, duncecaps (Orostachys iwarenge) – yes, appearing yet again this month, but this time in bloom instead of in leaf – with creeping rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’).
Above, white autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale ‘Album’).
Below, white-fruited Asiatic beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Albifructus’) with frost aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum).
And finally, the star of the garden this fall: monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii). For the last few years, cyclamen mites have been turning the buds and shoot tips black in midsummer and spoiling most of the bloom display. But this year, the plants managed to outgrow the damage and put on the best show ever. What a gift! It took a lot of restraint to choose only one photo to celebrate.