Sunday, September 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - September 15, 2013

On the 15th of each month, garden bloggers post pictures of what's in bloom in and around their gardens.
This month, in my zone 7a garden in Northern Virginia, I have an abundance of late summer color. It's been an odd year, with a warm winter and rainy summer. We had a late heat wave, with a mini, end of season drought. I turned on the hoses this week, for maybe the third time this summer. Here's a list of what's in bloom today, September 15, 2013:

 Rosa 'Apricot Drift'

Gaura, hiding beneath Joe-Pye Weed

Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' (turtlehead)


Allium tuberosum (garlic chives) - bees LOVE this!

Targetes patula (marigold) - great vegetable garden companion

Nasturtium tropaeolum - They'r edible!

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster) - pollinators' favorite

Fragaria 'Tribute' (Strawberry, ever-bearing Tribute)

Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower)

Coreopsis 'Limerock' (tickseed)

Carmelo Tomato - where's the fruit?!

Anemone hupehensis - looks amazing en masse

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' (stonecrop) watch for sleeping bees 

Salvia nemerosa 'Alba' (meadow sage)

Dianthus 'Fire Witch'


  1. zinnias die after experience the same?

  2. Zinnias are grown as annuals in cooler climates, so they will die at the end of the season. It's easy to save zinnia seeds, which you can plant next spring. Allow the flower to dry completely, then gently remove the remaining pod. The seeds are the arrow-shaped parts attached to the pod. Store them in a cool, dry place, like the refrigerator and plant after the last spring frost.