My first attempt at this post brought a strong sense of deja vu. Sure enough, when I looked back at last month’s Bloom Day post, I realized that the closeups and combinations that I’d shot for this month were almost identical. Obviously, things hadn’t changed all that much over the last four weeks – at least at first glance. I headed out again with the goal of finding something fresh for this month, and ended up with a number of new things, starting with some colorful closeups.
Above, ‘Dancing Flames’ scarlet sage (Salvia splendens); below, ‘Cherry Brandy’ rudbeckia (Rudbeckia hirta).
Below, ‘Red Fortune’ anise hyssop (Agastache) with ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa).
Above, an autumn crocus (Colchicum speciosum, I think) shared by Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening. Below, ordinary Colchicum autumnale with ‘Big Ears’ lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina).
Above, reblooming ‘Immortality’ iris; below, wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium).
Above, seven-sons tree (Heptacodium miconoides); below, sky blue aster or azure aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiensis).
And now for some combinations. To start, a seedling of Summer Sunshine blue mist shrub (Caryopteris incana ‘Jason’) with ‘Taurus’ mountain fleeceflower (Persicaria amplexicaulis) and an orange mum.
Above, Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia) against golden elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’). Below, ‘Iron Butterfly’ narrowleaf ironweed (Vernonia lettermannii) with orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida).
Above, ‘Jade Princess’ millet (Pennisetum glaucum) with ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss chard. Below is another ‘Bright Lights’ chard with “from Villandry” marigolds (Tagetes patula), ‘Lady in Red’ Texas sage (Salvia coccinea), ‘Sweet Caroline Bronze’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas), and classic zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia).
Below, ‘Elephant’s Head’ amaranth (Amaranthus) with ‘Sunspots’ sunflower (Helianthus annuus) and “Apricot/Peach Mix” strawflowers (Bracteantha bracteata).
Some general garden shots, starting with a silly pansy planter:
Above, the now-filled-in Happy Garden. Below, ‘Jade Princess’ millet, ‘Taurus’ mountain fleeceflower, Japanese burnet, ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod, a yellow-leaved seedling of blue mist shrub, ‘Purple Knight’ alternanthera (Alternanthera dentata), an orange mum, and an unnamed sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas).
Above, ‘Oxblood’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) with ‘Sweet Caroline Purple’ sweet potato vine, ‘Lady in Red’ Texas sage, and ‘Red Shield’ hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella). Below, a pink seedling of New England aster (Symphiotrichum novae-angliae), ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod, ironweed (Vernonia), and golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia).
Above, ironweed (Vernonia), ‘Lemon Queen’ perennial sunflower (Helianthus), an unnamed Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), and Diabolo ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’). Below, ‘Sensation’ cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora), ‘Center Glow’ ninebark, moonflower (Ipomoea alba), and ‘Jocius’ Variegate’ snakeroot (Ageratina aromatica).
Above, duncecaps (Orostachys iwarenge); below, ‘Red Dragon’ rice (Oryza sativa) with alpine strawberry (Fragaria vesca).
Above, ‘Tiger Cub’ variegated dwarf corn (Zea mays) with silver ponyfoot (Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’). Below, ‘Pesto Perpetuo’ basil (Ocimum x citriodorum).
Below, ‘Floricolor Gold Ring’ coleus with blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’), ‘Dimity’ bistort (Persicaria affinis), an all-purple wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina), and ‘Red Shield’ hibiscus.
Below, the velvety/fluffy seedheads of ‘Carin’ Joe-Pye weed (Eupatoriadelphus maculatus).
Above, ‘Fish’ peppers (Capsicum annuum); below, ‘Flying Dragon’ hardy orange (Poncirus trifoliata).
And finally, a few shots to celebrate the harvest season…
If you made it this far and aren’t tired of looking at pictures, check out Carol’s Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens to see what’s going on today in gardens all around the world.