Garden Bloggers Bloomday – 15 Sept 2011

September is the month of daisies in my garden.  I love their happy faces more and more, so much so that I am now creating a ‘Daisy Border’ for late summer colour.  Dominating the border at the moment is the perennial Rudbeckia laciniata which I grew from seed a couple of years back.  It has clumped up so much that I have now been able to divide it into several smaller clumps, spreading the sunshine through the border.

More daisy flowers, this time Aster Helen, bought from Picton Nursery last year.  They seem to be doing well so I think I will pick up a few more in the next couple of weeks.

Aster Umbellatus is sadly nearly over but it has been smothered in pollinators for weeks.

I am very sad as this is the only annual Rudbeckia I have this year. I have failed dismally.  I normally have quite a show with Rudbeckia cappuccino being my favourite but I think the seedlings got overlooked during May when I was very busy and so they failed.  Must try better next year.

Anemone’Honorine Jobert’ provides the backbone of the late summer show in my garden.  I never understand why they aren’t grown more widely.  For me they look after themselves slowly spreading but easy to keep in check and also divide.  The pure white flowers provide a wonderful contrast to the other flowers in the garden and also act as a useful buffer between clashing colours.  The flowers remind me of fine linen handkerchiefs.

Another favourite to flower this month is Kirengeshoma palmata. The flowers remind me of those elegant butter curls you used to get in the old fashioned tea rooms, such a beautiful plant.

Finally, we have the Sedums which are becoming more and more a key plant in the garden especially in the front garden which can be quite dry.

So  those are the highlights in my garden this month.  For more garden blogger bloom day posts visit May Dream Gardens



15 Comments Add yours

  1. How lovely your Asters look. I have just purchased Aster Umbellatus, can’t wait to see it blossom like yours next year. Lovely post and great photos!

    1. patientgardener says:

      Thanks, my Aster Umbellatus is bulking up quite quickly, only bought mine last year. Hope yours performs well for you

  2. You are lucky to still have so many lovely flowers, my garden looks pretty bleak compared to yours.

  3. Helen Reeley says:

    Aster Helen…bet that’s a beauty.

  4. Pretty aster Helen, and I loved the Rudbekia lacinata. I might have to give that one a go. I really like the idea of a daisy border, almost guaranteed to make you smile. Happy GBBD!

  5. linda says:

    ’Honorine Jobert’ is beautiful! I love anemones. Helen is a very pretty aster – love the color!

  6. Alana says:

    Happy GBBD. I fall in love with asters more and more each year. Yours are lovely!

  7. Scott says:

    Gorgeous blooms! I totally agree about the Rudbeckia…they clump up and reseed so readily…which is great, because you have more to spread around!

  8. Christina says:

    Helen. I love your ‘daisy’ flowers and love the idea of a daisy border, it is a flower shape I think I need more of in my garden. i so agree with you about Anemone’Honorine Jobert’; every garden is improved by having them. In my dry heat they take a long time to bulk up, but they are slowly doing so, I must be patient. I description of white linen is very apt. Christina

  9. hillwards says:

    I love your descriptions of linen handkerchiefs and butter curls, so fitting! Your rudbeckias and asters look stunning, and I love the anemone; hope my a. Honorine Jobert grows up to be as pretty as yours :-).

  10. I too like many daisies and have designed some borders just for them in gardens. It is one of my favorite garden dwellers, asters and Shastas especially. The shapes and colors, like you have shown, are irresistible. I always think they are happy too!

  11. Helen,

    After seeing your post, I am thinking that the Rudbeckia I have must be the same as your R. laciniata. Rather smaller petals and good branching? I have long ago lost my seed packet.

    A. Helen is very nice. Mine are all holding their breath before the plunge into bloom. And I do not think the world could have too many Anemones… especially when you pair them with Allium earlier in the summer.

    Thank you for your very kind comment on WMG! I first came to know of Sedum ‘Frosty Morn’ when reading on some UK gardens, so you should be able to find it (I see carries it).
    Happy September!

  12. b-a-g says:

    I like your butter curl flowers and annual rudbeckia. I also have anemone, the flowers look similar to yours, but the leaves on mine are coarse. I had to hack at the roots last year to stop it spreading into the patio.

  13. Kathleen says:

    Hi Helen. I’ve been a horrid blogger friend this summer, haven’t I? When I saw your name on my comments, I realized I hadn’t visited in what seems like an eternity. I just spent a bit catching up with your blog posts. Sorry to hear it was such a dry summer ~ I’m sure that’s abnormal for there. At least you still seem to have plenty of blooms to show. I was delighted to see Kirengeshoma palmata on your bloom day post ~ I just purchased one this summer and it already has a couple buds on it!
    Sounds like you’ve managed to keep your garden and the allotment plot going ~ kudos to you! You have to be good at time management to accomplish that.
    Hopefully it won’t be so long between visits next time.

  14. wellywoman says:

    Wow, I’m loving the late summer flowers, especially the asters. I’ve just picked some annual asters from my allotment and still have some waiting to flower. I love them for flowering at a time of year when everything else is thinking of setting seed.
    P.s I’m new to your blog, just discovered it and love it. Hope you’ll take a look at mine

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