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!