Thursday, September 29, 2011

Late September Blooms

I strolled around the garden the other day amazed at the colour I still have late in September.  And, there were a couple of pleasant surprises.  I'm linking with Fertilizer Friday where gardeners like to flaunt their flowers.
This bright pink aster called 'Alert' (A.novi belgii) is a low growing variety reaching about a foot tall.
Colchicums, often called naked ladies since their leaves appear in spring and only the flowers bloom from the bulb in fall.  Behind them is sedum 'Autumn Joy'.
Part of the prairie garden with the glowing goldenrod hybrid 'Fireworks', 'Red Baron' Japanese blood grass, at the back the seed heads of 'Heavy Metal' switch grass, cup plant to the right of the bird feeder and the lower right corner is northern sea oats grass.  
Surprise #1, I rounded the corner at the front of the house and there was this delicate pink lupin where others had flowered much earlier in the summer.
Surprise #2, the veronica 'Fairytale' had been cut back twice already and rebloomed but I didn't think it would ever come back a third time.
This frog blends in well with the leaves of viburnum lantana, one of the few viburnums not bothered by the viburnum beetle.  The variegated leaves tumble down one side of the waterfall by the pond.


  1. What a timid little visitor you have among your autumn blooms. Such a lot of glorious colour!

  2. That is a very nice variety of aster...and what a surprise to see lupins at this time of year! I noticed a few unusual things this year cosmos grew very large but did not have one flower!...and a friend had the same experience...

  3. Wonderful, Judith! How very delightful to have such a variety still blooming and adding color and texture to your garden. I really love the grasses – most of our property is too shady to grow them successfully. But we do have asters and are grateful for their cheerful color.

    Wishing you a really lovely weekend! – g

  4. Judith,

    Wonderful late season blooms. I still have a couple of frogs hanging around my pond. Yours looks to happy and content.

  5. Your autumn garden is just full of surprizes, including that lovely little frog! Your photos are just beautiful - great focus in all of them.

    Have a wonderful day!


  6. Very pretty. What a delightful surprise to find a Lupine Bloom!

  7. Everything looks lovely Judith. The Lupines third bloom this year is really something.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  8. I have a red aster that I always forget to give a hair cut in June to keep short. It is now about 4ft tall and rather gangly. Maybe next year I will remember and maybe not. Did you get your Mac back yet? :)V

  9. Your gardens look so colorful! You are so lucky to have frogs!! When we first put in the pond we had one that would show up every Spring..but not anymore :(
    Community compost bin? I wish! It all goes to the landfill. I am in a very small town but evn the other larger towns nearby don't have them..sad.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend!

  10. Judith these are gorgeous pictures. So many I see in my garden and I love the aster. The prairie garden is so inviting with its fall colors...

  11. Hi Judith, Your asters are pretty and how great to have a lupine! Love your prairie garden too. Much to enjoy in your autumn garden!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  12. Your garden has some beautiful late summer blooms Judith. I noticed some wild lupins in a neighbours field blooming yesterday. :)

  13. Lupines are one thing that just do not grow here. I love them and wish we could have them in our garden. How nice you had a rebloom! ~~Rhonda

  14. The blooms you share today are beautiful.... I'm excited to welcome Autumn into the garden! I can't wait to come back and see what you share through the season.

  15. Hi Judith,
    Your autumn garden looks so pretty. I love the Colchicums with the sedum.

    Hard to believe it is already October.

    Have a lovely weekend,


  16. Enjoyed your post. The little pink aster looks like its tight growing habit could be very useful in the fall perennial border.


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