Thursday, September 15, 2011
September 2011, Bloomday
Glancing at the thumbnails of photos I took for this Bloomday post I thought “Wow…I have so many orange flowers!” Then I realized really I had about 30 pictures of my ginger blooms (Hedychium Tara), because I am mesmerized by them. I thought you might enjoy seeing their development so I’m cheating a bit here, going back to when they first started to push out and to the glorious flowers as they currently are. The Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' has never looked better. Having the brown house color to highlight the flowers (instead of dirty white peeling paint) seems to have encouraged it to produce more flowers! Water hyacinth Water Canna, Thalia dealbata I don’t suppose there is technically a bloom to be seen here but still it’s gorgeous. I thought I would hate the blooms of my Roscoea ‘Cinnamon Stick,’ turns out I actually like them. And I love the glowing read stems! I couldn’t stop photographing the Cardoon blooms… Salvia clevelandii 'alpine' Good ole Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum ‘Vera Jameson' Unknown Sempervivum Another unknown Sempervivum The spent blooms of Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)… …and Syneilesis. Eryngium yuccifolium, or Rattlesnake Master… …and Eryngium agavifolium are also past their prime, this being September it seems only appropriate to include blooms that have gone over to the other side. I think I like this stage of the Lysimachia Paridiformis F. Stenophylla flowers even better than when they are bright yellow. Umbrella Palm, or Cyperus involucratus Gunnera bloom, or what once the Gunnera bloom... The true blue Hydrangea…(there will be no Madonna jokes here) Sea Oats, or Chasmanthium latifolium Unknown Canna, love it's graceful bloom. The everlasting Abutilon… …and Kangaroo Paw. Hesperaloe The more typical floppy Canna flower. Eucomis 'oakhurst' Kniphofia caulescens And finally, a surprise bloom from my Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo’…a couple of months after the rest of the plant stopped blooming. Want more September blooms? Visit May Dreams Gardens for links to blogs around the world, it's a great way to see the different gardener's styles!