Every day is one less day of summer... This is the mantra I have been repeating every evening at twilight since early June as soon as the weather turned summery. I didn't want to waste a minute of it, knowing it would be over in a flash.
Here we are in mid-September, already. Some people are tired and ready for the change that fall will bring. I'm not. Well, I am looking forward to soft, rain-soaked soil to dig in so I can get everything planted. But I don't want to say goodbye to sunshine and warm tempertures. Not yet.
Here are photos of things...
Recently I picked up the Mukgenia--a generic cross between Mukdenia and Bergenia. It's a neat, leafy, low growing thing for the shade border. I was pleasantly surprised to see these unique and very pink flowers adorning it.
|Mukgenia nova 'Flame'|
This poor Dahlia. It didn't die like so many others did after last winter's record cold but it didn't really live either. At least not in the ground. In June I dug it up and put it in a pot. It finally bloomed.
|A troubled Dahlia|
Ditto for the Digiplexis. It survived the winter in a pot but sat around for most of the spring and early summer doing nothing. Finally it's aglow.
|Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame'|
I have a few Clematis blooming. Check out this newbie called 'Chameleon'. Aptly named for the way the coloration changes as the flower ages.
|Clematis 'Chameleon' new|
|Clematis 'Chameleon' after three days|
It reminds me of how the double-flowered clematis blooms change as they age.
|Clematis florida 'Alba Plena' newly blooming|
|Clematis florida 'Alba Plena' after several days|
Below is another newbie for me this spring. I'm tempted to think the buds are prettier than the actual flower.
|Clematis versicolor buds|
|Clematis versicolor in flower|
One last interesting floral evolution is the morning glory. Check it out in the morning.
|Morning Glory ~~ Ipomoea 'Pretty n Pink' Morning|
|Morning Glory flower in the afternoon... as the petals age, |
they lose the lavender tint and turn a warm pink
I was a bit slow in cutting back my Clematis x triternata 'Rubromarginata' but in like two weeks it is blooming again! This time much lower so I can catch a whiff of the flowers without a ladder.
|Clematis x triternata 'Rubromarginata'|
|Aster 'Alma Postchke'|
|Saponaria x 'Max Frei' blooming from a cutting|
|Nerium oleander 'Hardy Red'|
I bought Persicaria 'Fat Domino' after reading all the hype about it being a showier, fat spike. I think it has lived up to that hype, compared to the species. Tell me what you think.
|Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Fat Domino'|
|Persicaria amplexicaulis |
with Clematis 'Polish Spirit and C. 'Confetti'
|Impatiens arguta such a quirky little flower|
I am really impressed with this Euphorbia. I grew it from seed sown last year. It started blooming in July and has been going non-stop since. Tiny white flowers in profusion.
Speaking of white flowers, another Aster. This one is for my shady white garden.
|Eurybia divaricata 'Eastern Star' (Aster)|
|Fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry'|
The Hibiscus flowers might be the best part about late summer. So big and blousy, they're impossible to ignore.
|Hibiscus moscheutos 'Torchy'|
|Hibiscus moscheutos 'Turn of the Century'|
|Hibiscus moscheutos 'Kopper King' with burgundy leaves!|
Even the smaller-flowered tree Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon) are lookers, aren't they?
|Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite'|
I had a chance to buy more Pitcher plants recently but didn't. I'm kicking myself now. But at least I've got this one going to town among the other pond goodies.
|Sarracenia and variegated Acorus|
|Nicotiana mutabilis and Weigela florida 'Variegata'|
The heat really woke up the Crape Myrtle, another stellar late-season bloomer.
|NOID Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)|
Hubby and I are thinking about carving a small creek in this area under the tree. There is a natural slope and I've got tons of rocks I've been collecting. I'm not thrilled about ripping out all these plants but it's almost too shady for them now anyway.
|These poor Dianthus need more sun.|
|I could probably make some adjustments and squeeze the Dianthus into this sunny area.|
Some random garden photos...
|This shiny little sedum, (Sedum oreganum) is such a pleasant little plant.|
|Penstemon rupicolia, the gray-leaved plant is another easy low-growing plant.|
|Time to deadhead the Phlox...|
That's all for now. I hope you're enjoying your gardens.
Oops. I published this late last night, forgetting that I promised to make mention of the HPSO Fall PlantFest coming up this Saturday. The esteemed Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery will be speaking about his favorite plants, followed by a plant sale. You can find all the information by clicking here.