What’s Still Blooming

We’ve had so little rain and plenty of hot weather, so the garden is definitely fading (the grass has been dormant for a while — we’ve barely had to mow).

So it’s nice that this clematis we bought at the master gardeners’ plant sale last year is blooming for the first time, and so abundantly. Lovely scent too! Reminds me of a heavy honeysuckle smell. I’m glad it is spilling over the deck rail.

I also like this deep-purple nicotiana and hope it self-seeds for next year.

The black-eyed Susans, which bloomed profusely in August, even if they seemed shorter or smaller than in years past, are fading. The boltonia is out, though it also seems small. And the Alma Potschke asters that I divided in the spring seem fairly happy. The flowers are small, but the plants don’t require staking this year and the hot pink color pops amid the yellow.

The front walk, late August

Blanket flower keeps coming back, and those morning glories have happily self-seeded, adding more color. The clumps of sedum  have expanded and are turning red.

Even so, we don’t have the lushness of June. I can blame the lack of rain for only some of that.

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What’s still in bloom

It’s the end of November and we are surprised that we still have a few blooms that haven’t been zapped by frost. Yes, it is a November that has been pretty mild — it had to have been in the 60s today, and sunny to boot. But even so, two salvia stalks,  that blanket flower and cardinal lobelia are holding on.

Salvia in November
Salvia in November
Blanketflower
Fading blanketflower
Last of the lobelia

What’s in bloom

Surprisingly for late October, a lot. Or bits of a lot. Here are just some.

Zinnias are still going strong, though we had frost on the car windshields last weekend

Love this zinnia!
Love this zinnia!

Cosmos are out. We have two types: pale purple and magenta purple. I prefer bold.

I'll take the magenta cosmos.
I'll take the magenta cosmos.

One surprise is that the white clematis is blooming again — and not being touched (so far) by the deer. There are five or six flowers now.

Clematis in October
Clematis in October

Morning glories are out too

Just one of many morning glories out this afternoon
Just one of many morning glories out this afternoon

This one is like the Eveready Bunny — it just keeps on going. It reaffirms our call that Blanket Flower is an All-Star.

Blanket flower is still going! And attracting bees
Blanket flower is still going! And attracting bees

This coreopsis has a similar look

I'd like a big clump of these coreopsis!
I'd like a big clump of these coreopsis!

This was a hardy mum that came back (or maybe one of our Lowe’s 25-cent clearance purchases that paid off?) The clump is pretty big and I’m happy to share.

This mum is hardy!
This mum is hardy!

Gorgeous!

I think the garden, at least in the front, is starting to look like a cottage garden. Red-hot pokers are in bloom, adding height throughout. Rose campions are plentiful, and shasta daisies should burst out in the next week. Here’s some of what you’re missing:

Coming up the front path
Coming up the front path
Walkers low, alliums and rose campions
Walkers low, alliums and rose campions
another close-up, this time with red-hot pokers
another close-up, this time with red-hot pokers
I just love rose campions
I just love rose campions
We will definitely get more blanket flowers next year! Nice pop!
We will definitely get more blanket flowers next year! Nice pop!
What sort of flower is this yucca producing?
What sort of flower is this yucca producing?
The first good year for our spirea (just a little cutting two years ago)
The first good year for our spirea (just a little cutting two years ago)
Time to harvest garlic scapes (how trendy!)
Time to harvest garlic scapes (how trendy!)