Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - September

Our goal is a garden with four -season interest. A garden mentor, or possibly Joel Lerner, once told me, "it's easy to have a beautiful garden in spring; the true test comes in late-summer garden." I'm not sure I believe this statement. Spring is all about soggy ground and sketchy temperatures. Our climate often morphs from winter to summer overnight, completely ignoring that whole spring thing. Mid-summer was unbearable this year, and it was all we could do to keep ourselves watered, much less the plants. When the temperatures dropped into the eighties in September, all of the living creatures around our yard perked up.
On this garden bloggers bloom day, we have bees competing for nectar, more variety of butterflies than we've ever seen, and lots and lots of colorful flora. Here's a quick run-down of what's in bloom:
(all photos are property of northernvirginiagardener. please ask if you want to use a photo. thank you)

Tithonia Torch
Russian Sage
Climbing rose 'new dawn'
climbing rose 'golden showers'
clematis jackmanii
aster
golden rod
milkweed
marigold
turtlehead
hydrangea
lavendar
verbena
zinia
sunflower
crape myrtle
buddleia
achillea
liriope
dianthis
coreopsis
sedum 'autumn joy'
abelia

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