Monday, September 15, 2008

Bloomful September Bliss

Rosa Calypso

It's half September and officially not even Autumn yet but it seems that this year we've skipped Summer altogether and moved straight into Autumn. Except for one week when I was on holiday in my own country, and the odd day here and there we have had no Summer to speak of. Very disappointing as Summer is the only time that we, who live in North-Western Europe, can enjoy being outside. The rest of the year we stay cooped up inside because it's too cold or too wet, usually both.
Clematis Gypsy Girl flowering for the second time

As I said it's half September so time, once again, for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, a special event in which so many garden bloggers all over the world participate by showing what's in bloom in their garden today. It's Carol of MayDreamsGardens who dreamed this all up.
Astrantia Major Rosea, second flush

I haven't participated in the Summer edition of GBBD (simply too much to show and not enough time) but today I decided to show what's in bloom in my garden this September.
Balsam
Kitchen garden with Marigolds, Zinnias, Borage in white and blue and Nasturtiums

I won't show everything that's in flower as that would take far too long, but instead I'll show you an impression or two of what's in flower now.

My new border is coming along nicely and it has added considerably to my bloom list, even after such a wet and cold Summer. And cold it really is. Last Saturday the central heating popped on as it was so cold and it's not even Autumn yet.
New border with Verbena bonariensis, Daisies, Balsam, white Borage and pink Hydrangea
Hydrangea Lime Light
New border with Cosmea, Gaura, Borage, bronze Fennel, Verbena bonariensis and Eupatorium
Rosa Dainty Bess, one of the stars in my new border
Hydrangea Brussels Lace
Rosa Fisherman's Friend, a David Austin rose with an incredible scent
Zinnia, one of many

It's thanks to Kylee of Our Little Acre and Robin of Robin's Nesting Place that I decided earlier this year to try my hand at growing Zinnias and they've been a great success so far. I've raised them from seed and they've been flowering their hearts out for months now. Thanks Kylee and Robin for inspiring me to grow them!
Sweet Pea

Another success are my gorgeous deep purple sweet peas, which I've also sown myself, just like these pretty bells, that are another first in my garden this year.
I had bought a packet of blue Cobaea scandens last February but to my surprise there are whites ones growing amongst the blue. Isn't gardening just full of nice surprises?
The Hollyhocks decided to do a spot of self sowing, always fine in my garden, but for some odd reason this year only the burgundy coloured ones are in flower of the blacks there's no sign whatsoever. Pity, I love black Hollyhocks. Isn't gardening just full of not so nice surprises too? ;-)

Another success in the garden is this pot with beautiful Lobelia erinus which is neither raised from seed by my own fair hands nor self sown, but simply self bought in the supermarket. It's been flowering nonstop from May onwards.
The Phloxes have been doing great this year, they seem to thrive with all that rain we've been having this Summer.
I think I have delighted you long enough and will leave you with something sweet
Chocolate Cosmea, its scent is simply scrumptious

copyright 2008 Y.E.W. Heuzen

What a delightful tie, fondness for gardening makes between people! I know several men with beautiful places and lovely gardens. Whenever I meet one of them at dinner, if by chance I am not seated next to him, I am unhappy.
Helena Rutherfurd Ely, A Woman's Hardy Garden, 1903

47 comments:

Lis said...

Hier ist es auch sehr kalt geworden und ich mag gar nichts fotografieren! Vielleicht warte ich noch ein paar Tage bis die Astern blühen und vielleicht wird es ja dann auch wieder ein bisschen wärmer!

LG Lis

guild-rez said...

Hello Yolanda.
Thank you for your lovely pictures.
Around this time we appreciate flowers in any colour and shape.
Wonderful Sedum and sunflowers are still blooming in my garden, some roses as well.
Cheers Gisela

Carol said...

Good morning Yolanda Elizabet, Summer does seem very short once fall arrives, doesn't it? But your blooms like wonderful in spite of the rain and cold, or maybe because of it.

You commented on your blog that maybe we do live in quite different hardiness zones, you and I. I think we do as we have hard freezes here, your winters are much milder.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day!
Carol, May Dreams Gardens

garden girl said...

Good morning Yolanda, your September blooms look beautiful. I hope your fall is warm, mild, and long to make up a bit for your missing summer!

Casbah Kitten said...

How lovely! We're getting a second flush of blooms here too as the temp has dropped down into the 70*s (farenheight). I LOVE autumn!!!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I see you have Astrantia reblooming - I'm so jealous. Rose 'Fisherman's Friend' may have a funny name (isn't that a cough drop?), but the flowers are luscious. Is your Phlox 'Laura'? Whatever, it looks very happy.

Frances said...

Hi YE, okay, got the hydrangea Brussels Lace on the list, what else was it, oh yes, Dainty Bess, I love that one and the chocolate cosmos, has to go in the black garden. Your blog is my wish book!

Frances at Fairegarden
new url
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Gail said...

Fantastic blooms going on at Bliss! The new bed looks wonderful...I love your roses...they look like roses are supposed to look...many petaled! One thing that I discovered this year...Phlox needs way more watering then I thought it needed! Yours look great. Ye, It all looks great,
Gail
clay and limestone

marl1 said...

Nog best veel kleur te zien bij jou..:-))
Maar deze zomer was echt :-((((( te weinig zomer om echt lang van de tuin te genieten, maar gelukkig hebben we ramen..;-))))))

Rusty in Miami said...

The Gypsy Girl is a beauty, great selection of flowers. We have another month of Hot Hot weather here before our cooler days arrive.

Green thumb said...

Difficult to imagine what too cold is. But, too wet! well, that's one thing I can empathise with, having been through rainy season.
Beautiful blooms as always.

healingmagichands said...

Beautiful, as always. I think I'll try the chocolate cosmos next year. I've been growing zinnias off and on for quite a while, and they combine with cosmos and marigolds very nicely. My butterflies and bees and hummingbirds love my zinnia patch.

How is your tiny meadow doing?

Roses and stuff said...

What a spectactular show of blooms, Yolanda! Your new border looks great and I'm so happy for you to have chosen the most beautiful rose of them all: Dainty Bess! Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to cope with her - but she's definitely one of my favourites.
/Katarina

Layanee said...

Great blooms all! Chocolate cosmos! MMMMmmmmm...craving chocolate now. The captcha phrase below includes 'mew' which is funny given all your cats.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Although we find surpises in our gardens it is never a surprise to find that your garden is just lovely and full of beautiful blooms. I love the quote at the end of your post too. I have felt that feeling of being disappointed by not being seated by a gardening acquaintenance at a dinner party.

Kim said...

Yolanda, I enjoyed it all, but I must admit Dainty Bess and Brussels Lace just stole my heart. No wonder you like them so much - they are lovely beyond words.

Annie in Austin said...

Another stolen heart here, Yolanda ... but it's Brussels Lace and the deep purple sweet pea that got to me. Everything looks so fresh and non-crispy.

We sure do live in different climates... your heat came on, and this morning we turned off the air-conditioner and opened the windows for the first time in months.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Ewa said...

Your Limelight hydrangea seems to be white/cream, while mine is greenish. What could be the reason?

Purple sweet peas is so unusual...

Chreers,
Ewa

stadtgarten said...

There is still so much blooming in your garden - wonderful!
With this cold, ugly weather one has the feeling that there is nothing worth in the garden to go outside, but I decided now that I will make a short tour through my garden later, to see what's blooming there.
It is such a pity that the summer is over now, much too early this year. We also put on the central heating yesterday.
Let's hope that we are getting a "golden october"
Groetjes, Monika

Karin A said...

Hallo Yolanda and thanks for the tour. Well, we have autumn now (it's cold outside!) but still a lot of flowers. Not as much as you have but some atleast. :) I really love the color of your sweet-peas and the Austin-rose. Wow, what a beauty!

Enjoy the last couple of days of the summer! Take care! Kram Karin

lenie said...

al dat gemopper ...we hebben best een mooie zomer gehad hoor, tenminste ..hier in het noord-oosten ..wij zijn niet weggespoeld ! hihihihihi...sterker nog wij hadden flinke droogte , nu weer geen mm gevallen ..en nog heerlijk weer ..nu zweet ik geen peentjes als ik in de tuin werk ...;)) mijn temp dit hoor !
je tuin zit nog vol kleur ..dus best nog genieten in september hoor ..hij is nog niet om ;))
groetjes Lenie

Flighty said...

Wonderful photos of some lovely plants. I especially like the hydrangea 'Limelight'. Thanks! xx

Barbara said...

It's so interesting to walk in "foreign" gardens...as one always discovers something new and beautiful. This exactly I did when I was reading your actual post. This cobaea scandens is a plant I never saw before. It looks really nice. Do you think it is winterhardy? Let's hope for you!

artistsgarden said...

I like the planting in your new border - it looks very esablished all-ready. :)
The Hydrangea Lime light is also looking glorious.
Regards
Karen

Jane Marie said...

You have quite a showing for this time of year. I envy your display.

Birgit said...

Toll, was alles noch so blüht bei Dir. Auch bei uns blühen immer noch die Rosen, Storchschnäbel etc., als sei es Juni. Manche Clematis haben nie aufgehört. Eigentlich im Rückblick doch ein toller Sommer, nein ein schönes Gartenjahr. Aber nun ist es empfindlich kalt geworden. Man will es wirklich nicht wahrhaben, dass das Jahr schon wieder dem Ende zu geht.

Liebe Grüße, Birgit

Tracy said...

Hi, Yolanda! Lots of floral happiness still blooming strong in the Bliss garden--sooo lovely! We're just back from holiday, and getting over jet lag...as well as being greeting with real autumn on returning home...much cooler, and the blooms are fading here...But autumn color begins to delight! Happy Days ((HUGS))

Ruth Welter said...

Just gorgeous Yolanda...I always love seeing what is in bloom in your beautiful garden.

Ruth

shirl said...

Hi again Yolanda :-)

Ah… what a wonderful collection of blooms! Love the zinnias and the colour of your sweet peas. Also the Astrantia which is on the shopping list for next year :-D

Your new border is looking fantastic but I am guessing it is going to get sooo much better for next month!! Yep it’s been a wet summer here in the UK too. Oh.. looking out my window now the rain has stopped :-D

Although on the late side once again my post is up now too if you want to hear about it :-D

HappyMouffetard said...

Lovely photos, Yolanda. I particularly love the Clematis and the Astrantia - delicious colours.

Connie said...

The Calypso rose is enchanting, and how nice of you to leave us with some "chocolate". :-)

Cindy said...

Your dark sweet pea is so mysterious and beautiful. I love it! And aren't zinnias fun? I usually have a whole crop but this year my seeds went it late so they probably won't be in bloom until October. I wish I could send some of our sunshine your way and trade for some rain. ;)

Hugs,
Cindy

Pam/Digging said...

You say you didn't have a summer. We had too much of one here in Austin. If only we could have shared our "extras" with each other. Well, at least we can share our gardens via blogging and Bloom Day. Yours is lovely as always and seems not to have missed summer.

marga said...

Wauw..............wat ziet je tuin er mooi uit en wat bloeit er nog veel. Ik moet nodig weer eens iets in de tuin doen maar het komt er maar teeds niet van.

Libbys Blog said...

As always lots of flowers about your garden!!
My Cobaea Scandens all start off a pale coloured bud like yours then open to a beautiful purple! I will definately grow this again next year!!

Betty said...

Yolanda,
Yes, having Marion and John in the kitchen is certainly worthwhile...

I just last week set out a Lime Light Hydrangea....the blooms are gorgeous...

All your flower pictures are beautiful....so lush...we continue to be in a drought....

Happy Thursday....Betty

Felicia said...

Dropped by to visit your beautiful flowers. They never disappoint :)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

You have so many delightful blooms, in spite of your mild summer. The 'Gypsy Girl' clematis is gorgeous! I'm so glad that you've enjoyed the zinnias this year. It just isn't summer to me without them.

Naturegirl said...

Yolanda! What an exciting post filled with so many blossoms in your garden! Makes me anxious to return home to my own next week!
I have seen enough of ancient ruins and now that I have seen your "Bliss" I am certainly going to enjoy my little garden!I miss my kitties too!You should be seeing me stop by regularly as soon I'm home! hugs aNNa

Poppins said...

Your new border looks lovely and so do your lobelia. And I like Astrantia very much.
Hope the autumn will be long and not to cold so we enjoy our late flowers for a while.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

The balsam is so pretty, but that dark sweet pea really makes me drool! I'm sure I can find a place for the likes of him in my garden next year. :)

And I'm jealous of the chocolate cosmos. I've tried those two or three times now with no luck... *sigh*

Cheryl said...

Hi Yolanda......as you so rightly say summer did not arrive this year....apart from a couple of weeks of glorious sunshine, our days were dull and overcast.....

Your garden seems to be full of blooms, so the weather did not affect it, that is good.......

I love the hydrangea Brussels Lace....so pretty and delicate....they do well here so I may try and source one.....

I hope that the autumn brings you some warmer weather and lots of time in your precious space.....

Kylee said...

Yolanda Elizabet, your 'new' borders look like they're very well established already!

I'm so glad you decided to try the zinnias! They're great performers and so easy to grow from seed. Next year, try some of the Benary Giants. They're huge and beautiful, too.

I had no idea your climate was so wet much of the year. We've had yet another droughtish summer, just like last year. I'd gladly take some of that rain off your hands!

Your hydrangeas are gorgeous! I don't have either one of those, but passed by the 'Limelight' about a week ago. I was tempted...

Hanneles paradis said...

Lot of nice flowers, still in September.

richtsje said...

Genieten hoor, van zoveel nog bloeiende bloemen in jouw tuin, op jouw blog!!

Kerri said...

I've just discovered that I missed this post last month! Shame on me, but I missed a lot of others too, so you're not alone.
Your new border is looking lush..as though it's been there for much longer.
The Clematis Gypsy Girl is gorgeous!
It's sad to miss out on the warmth of a 'true' summer, but your garden seems to have enjoyed all the rain and is looking beautiful. Love those roses! I have Hydrangea Limelight. Pretty, isn't it? I'd love to have Brussels Lace too. It's gorgeous.
Lobelia is always such a delight, don't you think? Sometimes it's a challenge to keep it alive, but I was lucky this year.
Wish I could smell your Chocolate Cosmos.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Sigh - I have just left you the longest comment and it didn't work.
So I will just say -
it is all fabulous.
K