Hello!! I’m here for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day today! Not a day late. Not a day early, but on time.
I know. It never happens. I planted a lot of perennials this morning, and I met with four garden coaching clients this week, so let’s get going before I’m too tired to post.
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On this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, I’ll feature some beauties and some sneaky plants I can’t get rid of, like Verbesina alternifolia, no matter how hard I try. I’ll share about the sneaksters below.
I’m all about the zinnias this year.
They have been a bright spot throughout the garden and are the stars of monthly Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Days for most of the summer. I’m planning to grow even more next year. I found myself loving white and creamy zinnia flowers so I’ll sow more of those.
Now, on GBBD, let’s take the long views that show the good and the bad.
The September garden looks pretty good, all things considered.
I think September is the most beautiful month. In spite of August’s 105° temperatures for days on end, the garden rebounded after cooler nights and a little bit of rain. I’m happy about that. I went to Bustani Plant Farm for my birthday and bought a few perennials to fill in places where the weeds want to take over.
In July and August, I almost always think I’ve lost my gardening mojo. Then, September comes, Monarchs fly in and start laying eggs, and the garden and I breathe a sigh of relief.
More and more, I choose prairie plants to make the garden sing.
- They are often easier to grow.
- Use less water.
- Benefit pollinators, birds, and other creatures, and
- They look good and, dare I write it, more natural.
That doesn’t mean I don’t grow roses, too.
Of course, I do. ‘Desdemona’ has flowered all summer, and ‘Munstead Wood’ and ‘Olivia Rose Austin’ have too. However, my ‘Carefree Beauty’ rose has seemed out of sorts all summer. I’m not sure why. Maybe because she was covered up with volunteer ‘Heavenly Blue’ morning glories. I freed her a couple of weeks ago and fed her. We’ll see if she snaps out of it. She’s been a venerable part of my garden for years, but nothing lasts forever.
Then there are the sneaky plants.
I have four very sneaky plants that I find this time of year every year. I have been pulling up all of these plants ever since I put them in my garden years ago. Young Dee is my worst enemy because she didn’t refuse gift plants of a questionable nature. The sneaks are in the gallery below.
Well, that’s about it for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. A special thanks to Carol J. Michel, my co-host on the Gardenangelists podcast, who sponsors GBBD each month. I hope you enjoyed the turn around the garden and that you’ll stop by here or on Instagram soon. I’ve been profiling a lot of plants on my Instagram reels.
One more thing: if you need more individualized garden help, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll get you on my garden coaching calendar. I hope you have a beautiful September in and out of the garden.
Thanks for stopping by.