Saturday, September 15, 2007

September Bloom Day

The blooming season is winding down now, but I did manage to find some pretty and interesting pictures to post. I'll start out with some that are semi-related to flowers. Let's just say the pics are about "green sh**t as a non-gardening friend of mine calls it.
Oh no!! A little buck with a taste for hostas. . . .
Fleeing from the scene of the crime. . . .
"Oh, the horror!" to quote Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now! Thank goodness it's the middle of September and not early June.
Carol is right about ivy - it takes constant vigilance to keep it in check. It was sticking up at least a foot above the roof and is also inside those railroad ties. Notice all the prunings on the ground . And see on either side of the ladder - the plants that look spiky, something like pine trees. That is a rampant grower called Artemisia "Limelight" or something with "lime" in it. Don't grow it in the ground unless you can contain it. It travels by underground runners and comes up everywhere!! Some grew under the ties and out into the lawn - talk about tenacious! It's very pretty with creamy-gold variegation and is getting tiny whitish flowers now, but beware, it will take over the world if allowed!
Here's Steve pruning the Virginia Creeper on the adjacent wall. I like it's larger maple-leaf shaped leaves better than the ivy. It grows very fast too and turns beautiful Fall colors in October. Then in just about one cold night they will all drop off. (Steve didn't want me to post this photo because of the unsafe way he's using the old step ladder. You see both of us are on the Safety Committee at work and "ladder safety" is an important, on-going topic in our meetings. This would be a big "no-no".)
Now onto the bloomers . . . .
Ravenna Grass ( Saccharum ravennae ) plumes and Coleus in bloom.
Wild Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) and Feverfew (Matricaria) which are terrific self-sowers. They are both very pretty but don't let them go to seed - you'll find them everywhere!
Pretty wax begonias I started indoors.
A paper-like Hydrangea.
Wild little Butter and Eggs - I do love that name. It fits perfectly.
Ah, Lavender. . .
Not a good picture - the beginning blooms of "Fireworks" Goldenrod. This is a big, beautiful plant with little golden flowers down most of the arching stems. I will try to show it next week when it is in full flower - fantastic and highly recommended!
"Sweet Autumn" Clematis running amok in the Main Garden. I put this in a very bad spot and it is growing over everything by Summer's end. But I cannot imagine trying to move this - the roots must go down to China! Here is a close-up of the lovely flowers:
Gourd blossom and . . .
Gourd behind bars (actually in an empty compost bin). I think its colors are as pretty as any flower.
The butterflies and various bee species are enthralled with the "Autumn Joy" Sedum. This afternoon it was fairly crawling with them. Very neat to see.
And another harbinger of Fall - the wonderful Mum - these are two of my favorite Mum colors. . .
I don't have much luck growing them in the ground so every year I buy a number of pots to set around the steps. These will be bloomed out in a few weeks so I'll probably have to get some more for the Halloween season.
I still have lots of annuals blooming but some are looking shabby and tomorrow I'll start dumping them into the compost bins. The Impatiens, Cherry Wave Petunia, Wax and fancy-leaved Begonias, and "Lady in Red" Salvia all still look very nice. This was a very successful flower gardening year!
Sometimes success is due less to ability
than to zeal. - Charles Buxton
Bye for now,


Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

We had frost here last night, right on schedule September 15 is the average hast frost free date.
How much longer will your garden bloom?

Carol said...

That's a lot of ivy! I have thought about planting some Virginia Creeper or maybe Boston Ivy om one particular blank wall, but... would I reget it later? I do like how it covers the wall...

Anyway, lots still going on in your gardens, that's for sure. Too bad about that deer having your hostas for lunch.

Thanks for posting again for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Those deer pics - LOL! I can't ever seem to catch the culprits on film. I use to grow boneset, but then it seemed that I was cutting off the flowers to prevent it from setting seed, & I failed to see the point in growing it. Now, I visit it at the forest preserve or in other people's gardens.

Gina said...

hey alyssa! man that ivy is amazing. i love the look of it on peoples houses. i also love the picture of the lavendar. i was unable to get a decent photo of mine yesterday. and, the sweet autumn clematis - WOW! seeing all the pictures of it from various people's GBBD really puts it into perspective.

Carolyn gail said...

Hi Alyssa,

Your garden looks lovely and you have a wonderful variety.

You can move Sweet Autumn once the bloom is finished if you want. Cut it back to about a foot and then transplant and keep well watered. I have mine supported on the fence and arbor. I just love its fragrance.

Mary said...


I think you had a wonderful growing season. I remember when your gardens were so young many months ago. And now...Bravo!

I wouldn't mind the deer eating hostas at all. I'd be glad to see them as they are such beautiful createres.

How about the ivy? I was talking to someone at the office about starting some ivy growing around areas on the back of my house and they quickly warned me, "NO! Snakes love ivy!" Is this true? I wouldn't want black snakes in the yard for Bella and Chloe to play with...

Alyssa said...

Tossing - It's hard to say how long I'll have blooms going. With the warming climate sometimes it is into November! But I'm talking about a killing frost - we've already had light frost here too.

Carol - The Virginia Creeper isn't anywhere as invasive as the ivy is. It only has a few small shoots coming from the ground and then fans out onto the wall. You could keep it in bounds very easily. I'd say, go for it.

Mr. McGregors - I was pretty surprised how well the deer pics turned out. Lucky, I guess. I just keep yanking out the boneset in my gardens every spring. It's under control now.

Gina - I'm glad you like the ivy - it surely is a crowd pleaser. Bloom Day is a good way to get valuable info you normally wouldn't find. I think it's great.

Carolyn - Thank you for the compliments. I'd like to try moving the clematis, but I'll have a figure out the "perfect" spot first. Don't want to make another mistake.

Mary - Thank you very much. We don't mind the deer munching now since things are almost over.I like seeing them because they are so graceful and beautiful. And Steve really enjoys seeing them too - it gets him in a hunting mood (not here, ofcourse,but up North.) You know I have never seen a snake in our ivy. There are no varieties of snakes here that climb up things or go into trees etc. But for your state I'm not sure. Check with the County Extension - they would know.

DeeMom said...

Alyssa what is BLOOM DAY…I have noticed it on some of the blogs I frequent

WOW talk about VENISON he is lovely!
Yup Deer like their Hostas…

Goodness you have Ivy out the wazoo
Lovely photos

kate said...

You took great photographs of the deer. It ate an incredible amount of your hostas. Those vines are gorgeous and all that trimming is worth it.

I really like the look of the Sweet Autumn clematis.

But where were the pugs?

Alyssa said...

Dee - Through Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, on the 15th of each month we tell and show pictures of what's blooming in our gardens. It's a round robin of gardens and it's neat. Just make post on the 15th of your garden, go on Carol's blog and let her know you have a Bloom Day post. And then you visit other people and they'll visit you. Give it a try.

Kate - Thank you, I was pleased with the deer pics. I love the way the Clematis looks too - it's just that it's such a fast grower - I wish I'd put it somewhere else. Next week I'll have some more pug cuteness - maybe some outdoor pug pics for a change.

Pam said...

Alyssa, I have missed coming here and you're absolutely beautiful photos. It seems that when I was deleting some information sites from my favorites list I mistakenly deleted your blog.

I love the ivy and Virginia creeper, they are beautiful. I know they are a lot of work, but worth it. And I always enjoy the photos of your flowers, they give me such pleasure. I camp vicariously with Bonita and garden vicariously with you and Kate.

Alyssa said...

Pam - I am so happy to see you back again and I'm glad you enjoyed my pictures. As I've said before, if it weren't for Steve pruning regularly, our little house would be completely covered with ivy and Virginia Creeper! That would be kind of neat!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Love the pictures of the deer, and I will be back to do the rest of this fine blog justice when I get some more time later... thank you for you kind comments on 'Wiggers World' today. Nice to know folk like my stuff.

Kylee said...

What beautiful things you have growing and blooming in your gardens, Alyssa!

You're right about 'Limelight' artemisia. I've got some and about every other week I have to rip the outer ring of it out or it would just take over. But I do love it.

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