Bloom Day September: the Work Begins

Oh, it’s a long, long while From May to December
But the days grow short, When you reach September.
When the autumn weather Turns leaves to flame…

— lyrics by Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill

Leaves are not yet aflame here, only an occasional falling Virginia Creeper leaf in bright red and a tint to the Dogwoods. Mornings are cool and the wind feels brisker.

Canna indica, Indian shot.
These old cannas are here for 70 years.
Once in a while one blooms. Big bronzy leaves look tropical.
Agapanthus blooming in September with purple
alternanthera supports look like a ‘Storm Cloud.’
Like Autumn Belle, pale pink Pentas are my
favorite. A Swath of Red backed by some
red globe amaranth attracts many butterflies.
Fall butterflies are busy and hard to catch in a photo.
I didn’t even try. Sulphurs, Skippers and Gulf Frits are
the most plentiful right now.
There’s a Madgascar periwinkle to match every shade
of pink to rose Pentas. I just noticed that fact today.
Next year I’ll put it to best effect.
Lantana montevidensis and Purple heart is
one of my favorite combos. Salvia leucantha
is not quite ready to bloom to add yet another
purple shade.
Belinda’s Dream roses continue in bloom with
Pentas and Lemon Grass. Cycad has a huge
bloom in the center with orange seeds just
beginning to show.
I was very pleased with planting Pentas, two kinds of
Datura and a Brugmansia in the same bed.
Periwinkles and Melampodium planted themselves.
A last look, clockwise from top left:
Persian Shield, Tecoma Stans (Esperanza),
Loropetalum in Fall bloom, Pentas and Melampodium.
 Linking to Fertilizer Friday Flaunt Your Flowers at Tootsie Teim.
Thanking Tootsie for continuing to host Fertilizer Fridays.



1 Comment

  1. Love the colours. All the blooms are so different to what I normally see. The periwinkle is something I want to add to my garden. It has good “brain boosting” properties – I have read!

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