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Late summer bloom day

15 Sep 2011
Rainy 16°C / 61°F

A chilly gray day with rain in the forecast. The garden is looking messy and very dry, but we wont get enough rain to do much. Lots of stuff is in bloom, and if it were warmer there would be lots of pollinators about. Spiders are everywhere.

Who should get the bloom day badge? There are so many flowers worthy of recognition. Today it will be the weedy asters, in honor of how many insects visit them, although it is too cold right now to find any bees. In this age where undisturbed nature is mostly gone, it is very important for home gardeners to grow late season insect friendly flowers, in addition to the showy dahlias and other sterile ornamentals.

Other pics:

  1. Sunflowers, dahlias, corn, tomatoes, pumpkins and broccoli
  2. the first fall color
  3. beautiful corn
  4. Bee happy fireweed, Verbascum




Your corn is gorgeous, and I’m jealous of your raspberries!! :)

Posted on 15 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)

Your garden is so full of blossoms! They’re gorgeous!

Posted on 15 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)

KathN yes, overall the garden looks drab, but it still has lots of colorful spots.

Posted on 15 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States

Lovely color spots. :)

Posted on 15 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)

Thank you for putting the asters at the top! I have them in my yard, love them (I have very little color up front this time of year), but never took the time to figure out what they were! Now I know!

Posted on 15 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)

Love the asters! Of course, as a September baby, I’m a little biased but I think I would love them anyway.

Posted on 15 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)

So many fabulous blooms and the Aster is just lovely.

Posted on 15 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)


That knockout rose is loverly. I’m going to have to try the Fuchsia magellanica, it looks beautiful.

And I’m glad to see Echinacea is doing well in your area, it gives me hope for the ones I just sowed. A friend even nearer the coast has had bad luck.

Posted on 16 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)

Thanks redloon, TolCath, Erik..,orientallily, Bernieh

travin—For some reason most echinacea hasn’t done well for me—i tried a bunch of different cultivars but only 4 have thrived. “Kim’s Knee High” and “White Swan” have been the best for me. I think i have too many slugs and pillbugs eating the emerging foliage in the spring—also a nurseryman told me they are generally short lived and i shouldnt really think of them as perennial.
Knockouts are roses for people who dont really like Roses.
Hardy fuchsia is great here, very happy in our climate, but doesnt like hot sun.

Posted on 16 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)

Oh great about the fuchsia. I’ve got a lot of shade and dappled sun goin’ on in my gardens so that would work.

We’ll see about the Echinacea. I got them to sprout in 4 days so hopefully that’s a sign. I live in a part of SF that has weather partly like inland areas; it’s a lot warmer than the rest of the city. But it’s mixed with foggy ‘coastal’ days. I’ve killed 99% of snails and slugs and I have almost no pillbugs. However I’m ripe with earwigs, so we’ll see what happens.

Thanks for the info.

Posted on 16 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)

Thank you so much for reminding me of my favorite fall wildflower! The asters are beautiful, and I miss seeing them being in the city now. Your garden is so beautiful, and the combination of the nasturtiums and eryngium is absolutely a knockout! What a stunner of a combination.

Posted on 17 Sep 11 (almost 8 years ago)

looks great, love the colour on the corn.

Posted on 21 Sep 11 (over 7 years ago)

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