Thank goodness for Bloom Day, because otherwise, I doubt I’d have taken the time to really look at the garden this month. I’ve been so focused on collecting seeds that I barely notice the flowers. But I’m glad I had this chance, because I suspect that we’re going to be in for a very early frost this year, so these beauties may not be around for much longer. First, some close-ups.
Is it possible for any gardener to have just one favorite plant? For most of us, I imagine, it’s tough to get closer than a top 5 or top 10. But if you asked me that question at this time of year and insisted on one top pick, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose Patrinia scabiosifolia (or scabiosaefolia, as some sources prefer to list it).
I hardly know where to begin this month. Things are looking so good right now that I’m practically giddy with it all every time I step outside. The responsible part of me says that I should be weeding or harvesting veggies or taking the boys for a walk (or doing actual work), while the rest of me wants to just grab my camera and wander around to capture every part of the late-summer spectacle.
As promised, a follow-up to this month’s Bloom Day, but this time focusing on the meadow, garden shots, and combinations over the last six weeks.
While lilies have been a key theme of this summer in the garden, there are two stars in the meadow.
Every time the 15th of the month comes around, I’m immensely grateful to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for coming up with the idea of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Besides providing a great opportunity to share what looks best in the garden, it’s been the only form of garden journaling that I’ve ever kept up with for more than a few weeks. There’s only one problem: sometimes there’s so much going on outside that once a month isn’t enough to keep up with all the good stuff. So, rather than make one super-sized post, I’ve decided to concentrate on just the flowers and foliage this time and save the combination and garden photos for the end of the month.
You have no idea how much time I spent trying to come up with excuses for a rather paltry offering for this month’s Bloom Day post. After all, this time of year isn’t the best for the gardens here. It was just a few days ago that I finished planting out the last of the annuals, and they look very silly compared to the established perennials.
The weather is still rather erratic here, bouncing from days in the 50s to a spell in the 90s in one week. It looks like the nights are staying at least above freezing from now on, though, so I can finally get busy planting out the annuals and tender things. I follow pretty much the same routine each year: first the best reds, oranges, and yellows for the main front path; purples and the rest of the reds, oranges, and yellows for the middle front path; the rest of the purples and yellow and some pinks in the far front path; pinks and blues starting around the side; and finally, whatever whites I’ve ended up with. From its rank in my planting priorities, you might guess that white isn’t a color I’m particularly drawn to, and you’d be right.