While surfing around and checking out some interesting blogs I came upon a gardener who chose September 15 as the day to see what was blooming in her garden. I give her credit for the great idea, even though I can’t remember the actual blog-site.
Here is what is currently blooming in my garden, despite the 10 inches of rain that fell last weekend. The perennial sweet peas have been blooming all summer and are still going strong. The hybridized Black-Eyed Susans are pretty much done. Only a few are still looking pretty good. But the wild versions of the same are fresh and in their prime.
This is my first year for this plant. An Obediant Plant (Physostegia virginiana). I ordered it because it will grow in clay soil, is drought tolerant and it blooms in the early fall. It’s in the mint family – which is a clue that it may be invasive. I guess I will find that out. Supposedly, if you bend each individual flower they will stay in that position. Another name is the false dragonhead. I think I read that the butterflies like this plant. I do know that bees are fond of it. The 2nd photo has the largest bumble bee that I have ever seen gathering nectar.
I have 3 varieties of asters this year. The first photo are the wild asters, then 2 hybridized varieties. The 3 photo has a double fringe of petals. I just planted that this spring, but now, 4 months later, do you think I can find the label with it’s name? Of course not.