School is back in. There's a chill in the air. And leaves are starting to drop from our big old maples. But there are still a few wonderful blooms to share.....
Right now, the gaura's little pink flowers seem to be home to a bunch of critters. Even though I haven't had much luck with gaura before, I thought I'd give it a try in this Zone 6 (Cdn) garden. I'll make sure it has a nice covering of leaves before the hard winter sets in. And maybe that will help nurse it through January and February.
This was my sweet September surprise - a flower on the water hyacinth in my dish water garden. Every year, I fill this little tub with water and add some water hyacinth and water lettuce. Invariably, they just multiply and nothing flowers. So you can imagine how happy I was to see this little baby smiling up at me the other morning.
Still looking wonderful is "Miss Molly" buddleia (butterfly bush). Honestly I haven't noticed many more butterflies since planting her. But the arching stems and bright pink flowers add so much beauty to the garden, I don't really care.
This viburnum (variety unknown) was in the garden when we moved here. It's a big old bush that doesn't really do much most of the time. But in the early fall, it's at it's glory with these gorgeous pink/green/burgundy berries. I'm going to be cutting some and using them in my fall mantel arrangement in the next few days.
Do you grow nasturtiums? They are one of those little plants that everybody should have (in my humble opinion). Great basket fillers, nice round leaves and gorgeous blooms that last right through till October. I just toss some seeds into a couple of planters and this is the reward for that two minutes of effort. Gorgeous!
The phlox are still putting on a bit of a show but are definitely past their prime. Late July and August are the peak season for phlox, but they still bloom through to mid-September in my garden. They always remind me of my children's grandmother as her driveway was lines with bright pink phlox. So sunny and happy, they greeted us every time we drove up to their home.
Still to come in the garden are the mums, who's tight buds are just beginning to open in the back border. And of course, what garden would be complete without sedum "Autumn Joy". Mine are just beginning to redden. But I know it won't be long before they look like last year's display.
The yard will soon be covered in maple leaves. The pumpkins will have replaced the tomatoes in the garden. And the window boxes will be brimming with mums. But this week's temperatures are supposed to be in the 90's, so there's going to be one last hurrah of summer. And I thought we were done with air conditioning this year here in Canada.