Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - September 2009

September is a month of change. Summer is ending and Autumn (Fall) is most definitely on the way. 

The pictures in todays Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day illustrate the good, the bad, and the ugly (not necessarily in that order) that September brings.

Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy' is romping away. As the name suggests this is an Autumn flowering variety which produces a much needed nectar source for all sorts of insects, including moths, butterflies, bees, hoverflies, etc.

I wrote recently about Red Admiral Butterflies.  And I have to say that since that post this plant has seen no end of activity from Vanessa atlanta.  I think maybe they were late to arrive this year?

Also, I must add that this has to be one of the easiest plants to propagate.  When moving plants I often find that branches snap off quite readily.  As a result I have successfully propagated the plant in several positions simply by; and I apologise for the lack of finesse in advance, sticking the broken stems in the ground.

The once beautiful Scabiosa columbaria subsp. ochroleuca is now showing signs of decline.  Again this is a fantastic plant for nectar loving insects.  The plant has flowered all Summer long and is trying it's hardest to cling on for dear life.

This plant has trebled in size since last year and I cannot wait to divide it up and dot it around the garden.  A brilliant filler with masses of beautiful off-white/light lemon flowers.

It is fantastically photographic.

Linaria purpurea, often classed as a weed, is in fact a garden worthy plant in my opinion.  Another plant that is clinging on for dear life, but needs to accept it's demise, throws up flower spikes of deep purple that add a vertical element in design.  

Equally at home in the wildlife garden, informal cottage garden, or as a formal garden interloper, I love this little plant and I think every garden should have one.

It will self seed readily.  But what gardener doesn't secretly like weeding anyway?

Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina', technically not a plant of mine but  lives in my neighbours garden, however, I am stealing it for this post.

A late flowering variety, it should continue up until the first frosts of Winter, however, flowers are already becoming less numerous.  This was one of the last flowers on the plant.

A scented  and beautiful climber, every garden should have at least one 'Honeyscukle'.

Passiflora caerulea, or common Passion flower, is hardy here in my garden.  In fact it is rampant and requires severe pruning each year.

Flowers are produced consistently through Summer and it shows no sign of stopping just yet.  This plant also produces edible fruit which ripen given a good year.

It makes an interesting focal point in the garden and adds a touch of the exotic.

Anemone x hybrida 'Whirlwind' is an Autumn loving plant.  It has only come in to flower within the last month or so and is much welcomed in the garden as most plants are now in decline.

A spreading woodland plant, it is late to rise in the Spring, but in Autumn it produces beautiful upright, slightly arching stems tipped with these gorgeous semi-double flowers.

I recently used the flowers of this plant in an indoor display and although not long lasting they looked great teamed with store bought blooms and other garden flowers.

Campanula portenschlagiana is pretty much a free spirit in my garden.  It self seeds regularly in cracks in my wall and compliments the Asplenium trichomanes L. perfectly.

Although it is a weed, it is a welcome addition.  It is a plant that will provide colour pretty much all year round here.  It also acts as perfect Tortoise food for Trevor.

There are many varieties of Campanula and one suited to most situations, so if you like what you see give it a try.

Finally, Achillea millefolium has just started to flower.  

If you don't have this plant, or one of it's relatives in the garden I would strongly recommend you introduce it.  

Commonly known as 'Yarrow' this plant attracts many beneficial insects in to the garden, in particular the Hoverfly.  The reason I suggest you grow this plant is because the Hoverflies lay their eggs onto these plants and the voracious larva eat hoards of aphids!  

A great attractant for the aphid clean up squad.

I hope you have enjoyed the few plants that are left flowering in my garden this September.  

I would love to hear your comments and cannot wait to trawl through all the bloggers participating in this event!


  1. Lovely photos Ryan! So many things still to see, my garden is feeling too bare at the moment for my liking...

    Autumn is on its way, with wonderful golden hues and fantastic sunsets :)

  2. All the blooms are lovely. Where is a promised ugly? Scabiosa is my favorite here. Saying that I should admit that I don't have it in my garden. Don't know why. Yarrow is also absent, because I didn't know that it could be white; white is much prettie than yellow (for me). I need to put these two plants on my list. Thank you Ryan!

  3. hello Ryan!

    Gorgeous garden you have there, just gorgeous! I have to say that although I really LOVE Scabious (particularly Devils!) my fav of all is Yarrow!! I love it for everything about it.

    It's a bit like Hawthorn in the way that you'll see it short and stumpy in some wind swept field and lush and bushy in a fertile hedgerow. I love getting the leaves (only of the non-hybrids)and crushing them in my hands to release that amazing scent. Best of all tho, I love getting in really close to the tiny tiny little flowers that make up the head and seeing just how delicate they look, like lace on a Victorian ladies petticoat.

    I could go on and on and on.... but I'll pop off back to twitter again now!!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely garden Ryan!

    warmest hugs from,

  4. Enjoyed reading this ... Am wanting to start adding butterfly/moth attracting plants to the garden so will look out for some of these ....


  5. I'm so glad to see another Sedum 'Autumn Joy' lover so far away from my little California garden!

  6. I'll have to go out and see what i can shoot in bloom tomorrow, I do have a few interesting things (esp. if you count my 20 foot tall pumpkin which is climbing into and over the Rhododendron.)

  7. Lovely post!

    The wild yarrow is having a big reprise, this autumn, especially where overzealous verge cutting ruined earlier displays. It's one of my favourite roadside wildlings and I encourage it in my min-meadow as well. Favourite garden varities of mine include 'Lachschoenheit' - pale sunset hues and 'Terracotta.'

    The big autumn anemones are fab, too. People worry about their invasiveness - and they sure do spread - but the joy is that they grow almost everywhere.

  8. Great piece - lovely selection. I tried to post a comment just now but it seemed to disappear! Not sure why!

  9. It would be hard to choose a favourite from all those. I'm pleased that you also add which plants attract beneficial insects as I'm trying to add more of these to my garden. There's a few for my wish list there.

  10. Ryan,
    I really enjoyed how you used those lovely close up shots of the flowers. Great post!

  11. Calling a flower a "free spirit" was nothing short of inspirational. What a great descriptive phrase! It was perfect! I may have to use it myself (with proper credit, of course).

  12. I did enjoy reading this post and watching those lovely flowers... why not try the "yarrow" plant in my garden. thank you for introducing this to us...

  13. I love your photos and agree totally about the ease of propagation of sedum! Really like the scabious too.

  14. Hi Ryan. Love the information and the photos. The plants in the front, as I have mentioned before, are blooming plants and perennial flowering plants, and I do have annuals in it, as well. Those flowers are the domain on the hummingbirds. However, when those flowers diminish in the summer heat, my potted patio plants that flower attract butterflies of all kinds and the humminbirds. I do appreciate the plant you mentioned where that particular larvae will eat aphids, because I do have them in summer, and I am going to get a couple of those plants you mentioned and baby them along. Hope they can do well here. Again, thank you for your informative article and for sharing your beautiful photos. Wonderful garden!

  15. This is one of my favorite blogs, Ryan. I love this entry. Your photos are stunning! And you show it's possible to have a great deal of late summer/early autumn variety, something sorely lacking in my garden. Do you have any recommendations for late bloomers in areas that get little sun?

  16. Janet, I would recommend Japanese Anemone's as shown above and also Tricyrtis hirta (Toad Lilies).

    Hope that helps!


  17. And thanks for all the great comments everyone!


  18. Your passion flower is amazing! I wasn't sure if they produced the passion fruit or not, thanks for adding that. This just seems like an all around great plant to have. Not sure if it would grow for me though (too cold).
    I also love anemones. And so many bloggers have them. I will have to give them another try.
    "Free spirit" sounds very diplomatic ;)

  19. Was Trevor named after anyone in particular? I always thought Trevor McDonald looked rather chelonian...


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