Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 2008

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The growing season gets a slow enough start around here that many annuals don’t really strut their stuff until September. This is a real liability for the frost-sensitive ones like cosmos. I learned to seek out early blooming varieties because the old-fashioned ones often only had two weeks of bloom before shriveling in the first frost. On the other hand, many of the spring bloomers, enjoying the return of cool evenings and plentiful rain, make a comeback. This includes pansies, foxgloves, mountain bluets, and catmint.

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If you want to see more colchicums, browse through the photos at the very bottom of this page (in the footer) or look through the Colchicum category in the sidebar.

What’s in Bloom Now

‘Zebrina’ and ‘Bibor Felho’ mallows and descendants
tunic flower
catmint
Cynanchum ascyrifolium
Colchicums ‘Nancy Lindsay,’ ‘Autumn Herald,’ ‘Autumn Queen,’ ‘Ordu’ and ‘Harlequin’
red, white, and pink Phlox paniculata
Caryopteris
flowering tobacco
golden feverfew (grown from seed, probably later than typical)
black-eyed Susans
white, lavender, and purple field asters
Colchicum byzantinum
Colchicum speciosum hybrid
Colchicum autumnale ‘Album’
larkspur
‘Commotion’ blanket flowers
‘White Wonder’ feverfew (grown from seed, probably later than typical)
pansies
annual dianthus
astilbe
Johnny-jump-ups
morning glories
scarlet salvia
marigolds
lantana
verbena
geraniums
cosmos
garlic chives
zinnias
Stella d’Oro daylily
double soapwort
petunias
yellow miniature rose

Visit May Dreams Gardens to see what other gardeners are growing this month.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

. . . the difference between great daffodils and common ones is not so vast as one thinks in the first flush of excitement when one starts being serious about daffodils.

~Henry Mitchell in The Essential Earthman: Henry Mitchell on Gardening

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Mr. McGregor's Daughter September 17, 2008, 8:33 pm

You have so many things blooming now. Your mention of Malva reminds me that I forget to list mine. I love your Colchicums. I have only one type, and those are actually belong to the boy. They’re the only plants he’s enthused about. At least he has good taste, as I’m sure you’ll agree.

Shady Gardener September 16, 2008, 8:52 pm

I always know I’m going to see some interesting, beautiful things over here! I really do need to purchase some of those colchicums. They’re very special, aren’t they?! :-) Have a great day.

Cindy September 16, 2008, 6:46 pm

Those colchicums are just gorgeous. I can’t grow them on MCOK so it’s a treat to see them in your garden!

Kathy Purdy September 16, 2008, 5:47 pm

Annie, this is my first experience with caryopteris, and I haven’t noticed the color varying when the nights are cooler. I will admit that sometimes it looks bluer and sometimes more purple.

I took a picture of the corm once, but I guess I never posted it here. I’ll have to remedy that some day.

Karen, I know a lot of people grow colchicums in the Pacific Northwest, so I’m not sure why you’d have trouble. Sometimes mine don’t bloom the first year after planting, but they usually do after that.

Karen September 16, 2008, 4:10 pm

I’m jealous of your colchicums, mine never seem to come back after the first year I plant them. I’ll keep trying, though, for that spectral, luminescent color! Congrats on yours, they are gorgeous.

Annie in Austin September 16, 2008, 12:44 pm

Do you think the caryopteris is bluer with cooler nights? It looks great in the photo and so do the starry morning glories.
Kathy that clump of cochicum from Byzantium is amazing – it would be interesting to have X-ray vision and see what the bulbs look like under the earth!
Who is eating Owen’s sunflower seeds? Birds?

Happy Blooming Day!
Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Carol, May Dreams Gardens September 15, 2008, 10:35 pm

I do love the colchicums! I’m going to look in the catalogs for more to buy next year. Thank you again for getting me started with those.

We had a misty, dewing morning this morning, and it seemed to stay that way all day. Bleh. Tomorrow the sun should be shining again.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day.