September 16, 2018

September Bloom Day

Boy, it's been awhile since I've done one of these posts! 
There has been so much else to do, my camera hasn't ever been the same since the fire, blah blah blah. Anyway, I'm ready to get back on the bandwagon! 

So, without further ado, here's a peak at what's blooming in my garden right now:

Sunflowers! These are in my cutting garden, and I have had way more than I could use or sell this year. Hoping to change that next year, with better marketing, but for now they have sure been a cheerful addition to the backyard!
Check out that gigantic bloom front and center! Loving that!

Also for cutting, these Bells of Ireland just keep going and going!
This is my first time growing them, and I am amazed at how prolific they are.
I've cut some to dry as well--they turn a beautiful ivory color when dry.

These bachelor's buttons are also part of my cutting garden.
I love the burgundy! I've also got blues, pinks, and purples still going out there, as well.

Moving up front now:

The English roses along the front fence have put out a handful of blooms this year.
Since I only planted them in April, I wasn't expecting much more than that.
I am already looking forward to the day when they will cover the fence with those gorgeous, peachy pink blossoms. This variety is 'A Shropshire Lad.'

In my front oval bed, the perennial bachelor's buttons are coming around again.

I had to get a picture of that huge bumblebee that was buzzing around the blossoms.
I've pulled out handfuls of dead or dying leaves and blossoms, and the plants seem to be reviving now. At first I was carefully cutting out the dead parts, but lately it has literally just been grabbing and yanking. The stems break off near the bottom and away we go.
Earwigs seem to love the inner layers of these, and I especially dislike earwigs, so I am happy to take away their habitat.

Same bed.
This lovely purple is hummingbird mint, or agastache.
Yes, I have seen hummingbirds sipping nectar from it on several occasions this summer.
It is so tall and airy. It's a bit too big for this bed as is, but I think as everything grows a bit more around it, it will be just right. 
Those gorgeous roses behind it have bloomed all summer, as well. They go from a soft yellow/orange, to sunset peach, to a cream with hot pink highlights.  I wish I knew what kind they were, but they were already here when we moved in.

So, that's just a little of what I've got blooming.
What's going on in your neck of the woods? 
Check out May Dreams Gardens for more Bloom Day posts.
And yes, I am late! (Usually they go up on the 15th of each month.)


  1. The first and last photos are my favorites from this nice selection of plants
    Have a wonderful week!

  2. I didn't know there were perennial bachelor buttons! I'm intrigued by the idea, but need to leave some room for annuals!
    Thanks for the pretty photos. You give me ideas for next year!

    1. The perennial BB's are about 2x bigger than the annuals. I want to look into other color varieties with them. The purple is great, but I would LOVE a blue or pink! :)