September 2016 Blooms
Above, Dahlia 'Catching Fire'
The garden is weary and battered by summer heat, as is the gardener. A few roses are blooming again--the chili thrips didn't get to them.
The ever-reliable 'Souvenir de la Malmaison':
A Manfreda flower, over six feet tall (2 M). In nature perhaps it must rise above tall grass to lure pollinators:
Four more 'Bright Star' Yucca stems. The heat is perhaps to their liking.
Aloe 'Cynthia Gitty' powers on, further ornamented by constant hummingbird fights over the nectar-filled flowers.
Recently planted but perfectly happy, Calylophus drumondii 'Southern Belle'. A true desert plant, unfazed by heat. A good small (12"-14") plant for hot, dry spots.
After taking the summer off to look dreadful, Austin rose 'The Endeavour' shows off again due to cooler nights. Relief for both of us!
Ditto for the Gazanias, which also took August off.
Rose 'Twilight Zone', a weakish cultivar, as purplish roses tend to be, can still surprise.
I moved this Salvia greggii hybrid because it got much too large in its former spot. Another excuse for hummingbird fights. I placed it in a spot where it is now also much too large for the space. Will a third move be the right one?
Gomphrena 'Fireworks' continues the show.
While the healthier of the two Lagerstroemia 'Dynamites' winds down, the other is now at full strength.
The garden is doing its best. The gardener needs to do the same. Happy Bloom Day!