Bloom Day | 9.15.09

Today was a big day in my garden–busy, busy bees on the sedums and Caryopteris.  I love early fall when the garden fades and don’t have many fall bloomers because of this–it’s my garden after all–not one for clients.  I didn’t take photos until the end of the day.  Here’s the best three.

Cimicifuga sp
Cimicifuga sp.

I bought this at an arboretum plant sale over 15 years ago.  It is very slow growing and only gets about 2′ tall when in bloom.  It was labeled Cimicifuga simplex…not.  I don’t know what the specific variety is…if you do I’d love to know.

A designer grouping
A designer grouping

The fading blooms of Hydrangea arborecens ‘Annabelle’, Sedum x ‘Autumn Joy’ and almost done Veronica spicata ‘Sunny Border Blue’ make a great combo.

The last of the summer phlox
The last of the summer phlox

Backlit and fading–this phlox has been blooming for more than six weeks.  It was here in the garden when I moved in and I’ve left it untouched.

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8 thoughts on “Bloom Day | 9.15.09

  1. Hi Susan,
    I absolutely adore caryopteris! Wish it would tolerate shade… a huge tree fell down this spring and I think I have clocked enough sun to try it next year! Wish me luck! Thanks for sharing your blooms… my phlox have been great this year too!

  2. Thanks for your kind comment on my first GBBD. Your Annabelle Hydrangea is so pretty. I haven’t tried Hydrangeas yet for fear I would burn them up in my full Southern exposure garden. Happy Bloom Day!

  3. Great images and very reflective of the time of day and year. You can almost feel the sun setting in each of the pictures. Would love to see your Caryopteris, too. Next time, perhaps? Lynn

  4. I agree with Lynn’s comment above – the lighting is wonderful and really lets the reader feel the late afternoon sunshine (personally, one of my favorite times of the day).

    I love your Cimifuga – for some reason I can never get them to grow here in California….they’re thirsty plants, aren’t they? If so – that would be my answer!

    Thanks for the post!

  5. Nice plant photo details, Susan, esp. the backlit phlox. Love the Hyd.,sedum, veronica mix. thax for the inspiration.

  6. Susan, I just started a blog for garden photos. I’ve included a dwarf cimicifugia which I bought from the Shop in the Woods at the New England Wildflower Society outside of Boston, many years ago. I don’t think it’s the same plant as yours (mine has white buds, not pink) but mine grows slowly and is quite compact. They said that it was a native. Anyhow, here’s what’s blooming.

  7. Sorry to be late to the show, we had server issues for two days.

    Your photos illustrate the advent of fall very well. I look forward to cooler weather.

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