Monday, September 15, 2008

September flowers

So, I'll have to face facts. This morning there was mist. There is evidence of fruitfulness - the apples flaunt their swelling sweetness in front of me. The weather is mellow. Autumn has arrived. And so we have a change in some of the main players on the garden stage. Some of the old stalwarts of summer continue, but shuffle sideways to make way for fresher talent.


But it's also good to take the opportunity to look at some flowers with fresh eyes. The busy lizzies (planted by SomeBeans - his first real foray into planting) have sat in the shade all summer, just getting on with the business of flowering, and not complaining whilst I admired the more 'exciting' blooms. But close up, their satiny sheen shines through the shadows.

Busy Lizzie (Impatiens)

Hardy Geranium

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Knifophia 'Ice Queen'

Dahlia (unknown cultivar - mis-labelled)

Perovskia 'Blue Spire'

Schizostylis coccinea 'Major'

Aster frikartii 'Monch'



Californian poppy in the autumn sun

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens


Carol Michel said...

That's some very nice variety you have in your garden, and the flowers look very fresh, not like they are heading into fall and winter at all.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Anonymous said...

Wonderful palette of colours - I am so glad that you named the Schizostylis coccinea 'Major' because I have it in my garden, and I can never remember its name

The Constant Gardener said...

stunning photos.

Love that schizostylis. And your cyclamens are beautiful too. You're so clever to have caught the perovskia so well - I tried that and like most feathery airy things it didn't come out too well! Never mind - it's a beautiful plant so I can just look at it in the garden and enjoy.

VP said...

Lovely flowers - I see that sunflower is a popular choice this month.

Like CG I couldn't get the Perovskia picture right either. The Schizostylis really seem to have enjoyed 2 summers of rain don't they?

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I'm getting that autumn feeling too in the garden. Even though your Kniphofia is slightly chewed up, it's an elegant thing. Too bad the Dahlia is a mystery, it is such a rich, deep color I can imagine lots of great partners for it. Your photos of the Cyclamen are fantastic!

marmee said...

gorgeous blooms! loved the unnamed dahlia. all are so beautiful.

Laura said...

Beautiful pictures. The colours and textures. You have an excellent eye, and gorgeous flowers to boot!

Helen/patientgardener said...

Lovely flowers - my Helianthus isnt in flower yet

HappyMouffetard said...

The schizostylis is flowering like crazy this year, after sulking last year. It has also spread rather nicely.

I was lucky with the Perovskia photo - you didn't see the out of focus ones I've deleted!

MMD, I was rather annoyed that the snails had lunched on the red hot poker, but it threw that flower spike up a month after its last one, so I was determined it would make an appearance.

Thank you for your comments - it's always enjoyable to really look at what's in flower for GBBD, and to see everyone else's flowers.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Autumn is here it's true but it's not too cold and it's been dry for almost a week now (is this a record? ;-)) Love those pretty cyclamen of yours and I like your rosa ??? too, lovely shape and colour.

Happy GBBD! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Happy, your bloom day presentation is stunning. I am interested in the schizostylis, wondering if it would be perennial in our US zone 7 garden? You have done such a good job with difficult colors for me to capture, red, blue and white! Well done.

Frances at Fairegarden
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Gail said...

Your photographs are wonderful...I never manage to get a good shot of Cyclamen; they are always a welcome surprise in the late summer. The aster is beautiful...they are among my favorite flowers. What's the secret to growing kniphofia? It doesn't like me!

clay and limestone

Cosmo said...

Great to find your blog and your wonderful photos. And kudos to you for getting such a great photo of the Russian sage--I'm going to try sticking my dog's nose in it to see if I can get some focus!

Dave said...

Definitely a great variety of flowers! The helenium is stunning as are the schizostylis blooms.

joey said...

You certainly have some beauties blooming. (The hardy Geranium looks like it was taken in my garden) :)

Observer said...

Hello, You have very nice plants in your garden. Especially miscanthus looks very romantic at this season. I also especially liked your rose and asters.
Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. Greetings, Ewa

Lucy Corrander said...

I wish autumn would come.

Nearly all plants nearby look tired and dusty and waiting for nature to colour them up.

We're still waiting for crisp air.

I wish I could find proper, tall, Michaelmas Daisies. Garden Centres and shops here only sell the foot high blue asters.

They're pretty but not . . . well . . . tall.


Anonymous said...

No matter how satiny their sheen may be I find it hard to love a bizzy lizzie. Your Helenium shot, on the other hand, is instant passion.

Lavender and Vanilla Friends of the Gardens said...

You are really going with a "Bang" into autumn. The flowers look so fresh and lovely are you sure it is autumn?

Eve said...

I sure am glad I don't have to pick my favorite. Those are all so pretty. Red hot poker was always in my Mama's garden. She loved it.