Much to my regret, I missed Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month. For the most part, the same things that were blooming last September were blooming this September. (No mums yet, oddly.) But I did want to share a few things.The mallow is a descendant of Malva sylvestris ssp. mauritiana that I originally grew many years ago from Thompson and Morgan seed. A self-sown plant, you just never know where it will show up. It may have already sprouted when the zinnias were planted, but the zinnias were from a mix, and the colors an unknown. But at least some of the zinnias have turned out to perfectly match the mallow blossoms. I can see this from the kitchen door and it pleases me every time. I swear this plant grew up and bloomed overnight. One day it was a rosette of leaves, and the next time I was in this part of the garden, it was in full bloom. I first grew this plant many years ago from seed obtained from the American Horticultural Society’s seed exchange. (You have to be a member to participate.) The seed must have survived in the compost pile, because I haven’t seen this plant self-sow for a couple of years at least, and I figured I’d lost it for good when I forgot to save seed. By the way, the variegation is nothing to write home about, as you can see if you click here. But the chartreuse flowers lend a little zing to any flower bed they show up in.
Speaking of zing, take a look at what bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea cyanus, also known as corn flower) does for this flower arrangement.My daughter Cadie grew all these flowers and put them in this arrangement. She only had enough of the blue-flowered annuals for one vase, but plenty more of the zinnias. I was impressed with how much better the zinnia and bachelor’s buttons combination looked than the vases with zinnias alone. I’ve never thought bachelor button’s was that great as a garden plant, but I forget that flowers sometimes make their homes in vases, and it seems to me you can’t have enough of this blue for bouquets. Don’t you agree?