Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Well, here it is again, that time of the month when all the garden bloggers head out to the garden to document what’s goin’ on out there. Most of us are lucky to have made it through August without having a heat stroke. Really, how much can be blooming in Houston after the hottest recorded August in history!?

Well, I have been surprised every month this summer by what is blooming in my yard and this month is no exception.

I’ve been impressed by these torenia. They have been blooming for months in the dry shade of a water oak.
Torenia and Persian Shield

There is a magnolia growing in the middle of this clump of salvia. I fertilized the tree with cottonseed meal last month. The salvia is reaping the rewards.

I cut back this blue queen salvia a few weeks ago, it was getting leggy, it has bounced back and is already blooming again. The TX Rock Rose aka Pavonia lasiopetala has been blooming for months as well.
Blue Queen Salvia, TX Rock Rose,
and Artemesia Powis Castle

It took this blue porterweed all year to rebound from the winter. It has popped up in various areas of the garden and is making its blooming debut.

Virginia Spiderwort (tradescantia osprey) is one of the new additions this year in the gazebo garden. For one reason or another a couple of stalks have broken off. I stuck them in the ground and paid no attention to them. They are growing happily. I’ve never seen a plant root so easily.IMG_1379
This is a passalong ginger I received at one of the Houston area plant swaps. What a nice surprise it was when it started blooming this year. IMG_1380
I bought this shrimp plant last year at Buchanan’s, I thought it was a goner, but it has taken off this year. I love the blooms. I think it is justicia brandegeana.IMG_1391
I have posted pictures of the bottlebrush blooms before, but this is the first time I’ve noticed the little yellow tips on the blooms. Reminds me of fireworks.IMG_1387
I have Convolvulus ‘Blue Daze’ plants in several areas of the yard, it has been ho-hum all summer, but has gone into full bloom over the past week.IMG_1395
The other plants blooming are: roses, penta, rose of sharon, turnera, angelonia, gaura, batface cuphea, gomphrena, obedient plant, crepe myrtle, turk’s cap, duranta, hamelia, yellow cestrum, & cannas.

Thanks for stopping by my September Bloom Day, visit May Dreams Gardens for more September Garden Bloggers’ bloom days.


  1. Nice! I love the torenia, Persian shield combination and those little 'Blue Daze' blossoms are just too sweet!

  2. now i can't stopping surfing through your blog. the pics are addicting ;)