Monday, September 15, 2008
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - Sept 2008
Today is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for the month of September. This is when garden bloggers capture what their best blooms are at this point in time. Unfortunately for me, the one-two punch of Gustav and Ike has left my garden a little worse for the wear. I have many plants that normally prefer to be on the dry side. So all this rain, and the wind in the case of my Autumn Joy sedum, has left them mighty confused. The top photo shows the sedum from the good angle. The one below it shows what's really happening behind those white pentas. I thought I had pinched them back at the right time but I think next year I should go more drastic with the pinching. Probably just whack 'em back big time.
In the photo above you can see how well the 'Margarita' Ipomea is doing (okay, it's not a bloom but I'm desperate). Although the sweet potato crop around here has rotted due to all the rain, surprisingly my 'Marg' is doing great. For those who don't know, these are related to sweet potatoes and are quite vigorous. But for our state, the distribution of this plant is regulated and sometimes restricted by the Ag department. I believe it's because of the chance there could be sweet potato weevils associated with the ornamental vines. But I bought the original of this plant several years ago here and have been growing it from the tubers ever since. So I don't know if I'm "legal" or not but I'm hoping so!
That's it for the garden this time. A few other plants are blooming, like the garlic chives and the salvias, but their form looks a bit bedraggled. I have high hopes for October though - we've gotten our first cold front and it's made all sentient beings a bit friskier today!