Wednesday

[gardening] What blooming in late September

Let's see, it's been a month since I posted flowers. Some of these things are done and gone but I do have some late summer flowers to enjoy.

Purple bee balm:

#monarda purple #beebalm

I like this- good height (4 - 5 feet tall) and tidy; it doesn't spread like red bee balm. Purchased a very small plant a couple years ago at the Hanover Garden Club sale and it's just huge now. Suffers from powdery mildew. It's in full sun and gets plenty of air circulation, so I don't know. 

Red cardinal flower bloomed just as the white was finishing (in the back right of the picture):

Red cardinal flower

I bought three of these lobelia plants this year and planted them in the part shade bed. And all three are different colors: red, white... and blue:

Lobelia

The blue one isn't as tall as the white and red but it's much more showy. It's their first year- will be interested to see how they look next year.

I've been waiting years to see if anything would happen with a Japanese anemone that I planted (again, another tiny plant purchased from the Hanover Garden Club sale). Finally, this year, it bloomed:

#anemone 💕

Anemone

So glad I never gave up on it and left a marker where the small little leaves were. Hopefully now that it's established, it will spread.

September 10 was the last daylily bloom out of all the daylilies:

Last daylily out of all the daylilies. 😭

Or so I thought. Actually, some of my light yellow stella d'oro are still blooming now:

Some daylilies still blooming. Huh.

Huh.

I had a couple new gladiolus bloom:

#gladiolus

Stonecrop:

Stone crop

I don't appreciate this plant enough. The greenery looks nice all summer as it grows and then you get a pop of color in September. 

Planted some nice, tall, bright asters during the summer and they just started blooming:

#aster #vermont

Looking nice now but I have a horrible feeling that the woodchucks won't let this happen again next year. I had two short asters planted in flowerbed last fall and the woodchucks grazed on them this spring whenever any leaves appears. I dug them up this summer and brought them to plant at work. By the time I planted these (above) the woodchucks either (a) had enough other stuff to eat, or (b) moved on.

I actually have not seen a woodchuck in more than a month. Maybe two months. Where are they? I kind of hope a gang of fox or coyotes came through and, uh, "took care of them". 

Anyway, I'll enjoy this aster for now. It's a common Vermont wildflower and I see this bright violet kind growing in ditches here and there (I've got to start keeping a little shovel, bucket and gardening gloves in the back of my car)- maybe the woodchucks don't eat this kind? Maybe? 

Lastly- mums started blooming:

Um. The mum I got last year is blooming this year? Is this a new perennial kind?

I thought this was beyond strange- I planted these last year and they came back and are blooming this year. I've NEVER had a mum last more than one season- winter always kills them. But a couple people on my Instagram said they've had mums that have lasted years, once planted in the ground. I will say that they're both in MA and in a zone (or two) warmer than me, so this was a pleasant surprise for me.

So that's that for plants. The weather here has been insane- 90 degrees the last three days. We haven't had any rain in quite a while. Temperatures will drastically fall tomorrow and the next day. The high forecast for Saturday is sunny and 61. Which sounds perfect to me- the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival is this weekend at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds and I don't want to be shopping and petting wool in July-like temperatures. Maybe I'll even dig out a knit hat and scarf to wear!

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