Thursday, September 15, 2011

Garden Blogger Bloom Day September 2011

Welcome to Garden Blogger Bloom Day! On the 15th of every month Carol at May Dreams Gardens invites garden bloggers worldwide to share what is blooming in their garden. Visit Carol to find links to a smorgasbord of flora!
 Today in Davis there are few new bloomers. Summer stalwarts that continue to provide color include white 4 o'clocks, Mirabilis jalapa, blooming at the edge of the original vegetable garden. A rampant reseeder that also returns from tubers, I will never be free of these. Luckily, I like them well enough and just yank out any that get in the way. I recently was given seeds for yellow and red 4 o'clocks which I was happy to get. I don't know why, since I usually avoid those colors, but perhaps a change is brewing.

 
The wisteria has been especially happy this year and continues to bloom lightly, even as it begins to drop some leaves. It stretches down a 35 foot section of fence and is seen here over the child's beach umbrellas standing in for plum tree shade, now that the tree is gone.

 Sedum Autumn Joy is a new bloomer and brightens the front sidewalk. Behind it Abelia Edward Goucher is a continuing bloomer.


Garlic chives, allium tuberosum, seems to be controversial  as many gardeners find it invasive. In Davis it seems to multiply just about right, and if it gets too bossy I yank those along with the 4 o'clocks.
The plumbago that has been trained up into the banksia arbor has made it all the way across and now looks the way I envisioned a few years ago. It adds a second flush of blooms to the arbor and the two plants seem to like each other. I will admit, however, that I need to keep the Lady under control with a pruning or 3 a year.

 Rosa Demitasse is another reliable bloomer that will continue into the fall.

Other bloomers include Solanum jasminoides, several abutilons, allysum, wax begonias, several salvias, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, pole beans (which are just beginning to produce), cosmos, mini sunflowers, society garlic, several ornamental oreganos, bat-faced cuphea, hollyhocks, borage, and lavender trumpet vine.
 Be sure to check out what is blooming elsewhere...many gardens have definitely entered the autumnal season with some teetering on the edge of winter. Enjoy!




10 comments:

Carol said...

A most excellent showing of blooms for bloom day. Thanks for joining in.

Robin Ripley said...

Your wisteria still amazes me. And you have quite a lot of other bloomers.

bookworm said...

I find it interesting that you have some of the same things in bloom as I do at my home in upstate NY. One interesting thing was your comment about 4 o clocks. Ours have reseeded for years. No matter what color we plant we end up with pink volunteers. Wish we could end up with some white ones like you have....

Fairegarden said...

I feel the same as bookworm, to see some of the same things blooming for you that are blooming here in Tennessee brings a smile. Small world... I love those little beach umbrellas.

Frances

scottweberpdx said...

Beautiful blooms...the Four O'Clocks must smell heavenly in the evening :-)

RBell said...

Like the color & form of the chives. Add a touch of elegance. Happy GBBD!

curtissannmatlock said...

Beautiful! I have red 4 o'clocks, just came up on their own, but this year suffered so from the drought. Well, didn't we all? Our wisteria was pitiful. Lovely to see yours. Your photos inspire me. Thanks!

greggo said...

that header photo is amazing.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

It may be practical, but the little umbrellas under the Wisteria are just charming and make it a lovely vignette. I do adore Plumbago, one of those plants that I could never grow here, but visit in Florida.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I love love love that plumbago! I need to figure out how to save mine over the winter so I can have a huge plant next year, too. :)