For many years, I have read the blog May Dreams Gardens. Carol, the author of the blog, on the 15th of the month hosts what’s called Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, or GBBD for short. And, for many years, even before I was a blogger, I looked forward to the 15th of the month and Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. It’s a day where garden bloggers from all over the world show off their gardens. Again, for many years, I dreamed about having my own blog so I could share on Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. Well, now I can share and that makes me very happy.
I really can’t even believe that I have anything to share, because for the most part, my gardens are looking pretty tired and ragged. When I start taking pictures and editing them, I see that there’s lots of beauty still left. Although there aren’t any full garden shots, which I much prefer, I was still able to pick out a few little vignettes.
Let’s start in front of the house, along the foundation bed. I have several little groupings of these zinnias that are still quite happy.
Next to the zinnias, are Arizona Sun Gaillardia (blanket flower) that are still looking great and still have lots of blooms and buds. For some reason, this little patch of gaillardia’s colors are so much more intense than others of the same variety in different places in the yard.
Farther down along the front, is a crazy bunch of Heavenly Blue Morning Glories that have long since grown up and over the fence. They too still have lots of blooms and buds.
Now over to the front corner garden, where there’s still lots to look at. First up are these little Lacrosse Daisies. This is my first year trying out this variety and I think they are on their third or fourth bloom. I love the strange shaped petals.
I love lysianthus. Even though they are pretty persnickety in Zone 4, they are one of my favorite annuals. Because they need a little more TLC, they are also hard to find around here. I cut them back about a month ago thinking they were probably done. Well they appreciated the haircut and are blooming away again.
Also in the same bed is a favorite perennial, balloon flowers. Although this picture would definitely not win any contests, I really like how I mistakenly captured the rays of late afternoon sun on the blooms.
In the last month or so, this bunch of alyssum that live in my whiskey barrel planter really started the awesome drape over the side of the barrel that I was waiting for all summer. Isn’t it lovely?
Look at you Ms. Julia Coneflower, strutting your stuff, finally. This is a new plant this summer and she did not impress me until now. Honey, don’t you know any day now the frost will come and snatch the life right out of you. Until then, you go ahead and put on a show for my fall garden tour.
Across to the other side of the front yard is my driveway bed. In case, you haven’t seen this garden makeover, check it out. It’s pretty amazing. The stars of this bed now are lemon drop marigolds and Autumn Joy sedum. I love these little lemon drop marigolds. I realize there are just a common flower, but they’re so cheery and I love them. Sedum on the other hand is not at all one of my favorites, until fall and then it steals the show in my gardens. When we moved into this house, there were Autumn Joy Sedum plants everywhere. I gave them away, I threw them away and I still have lots.
It’s still not a favorite, but I must say that it is quite lovely now.
On to the back yard, along the side of the deck, I have this pretty, peach-colored chrysanthemum. It’s gotten a bit big and floppy, so I’ll have to make a note to cut it back more drastically in July. The little mandevilla vine and lobelia in the background are liking the cool, rainy weather we’ve been having.
Around the corner on the back side of the deck, I have some Endless Summer Hydrangeas that are over five feet tall and are just now blooming their hearts out. I’m not sure why they are so late this year. The pink seems to be much more intense than when they bloom at the normal time.
I just added this hydrangea (Incrediball Blush) a few weeks ago to a new area that I’m working on. I think it’s loving its new home.
So that’s the end of my fall garden tour, and probably the end of garden tours until next spring. I still have lots of gardening topics to share throughout the remainder of the fall and winter months, so keep in touch. I will also be sharing some crafting projects over the next few months.
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