Thursday, September 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - September 2016

In terms of gardening, the last couple of days have been frustrating, as an infestation of mice has been rapidly decimating the rice I have been growing. The little rascals seem to outsmart any traps I set for them, and consume unripe rice grains at an astonishing rate. However, that uphill battle and the continuing drought notwithstanding, there is much to be pleased about in the garden right now as well.

An early morning view of part of the garden

 There are much fewer cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) in the garden this year than in previous summers, but due to the ongoing dry weather they are mercifully free of mildew so far

Dahlia 'Mrs. I. de Ver Warner'

Red valerian (Centranthus ruber) reviving in the cooler temperatures

 The 'Old Fashioned Vining' petunias tend to look quite bedraggled by this point but bounce back a bit for the fall

The Persian basil has been a fragrant, floriferous stalwart this year

Garlic or Chinese chives (Allium tuberosum) flower for a surprisingly long time period, especially for an allium, and that at a time when virtually no other member of the family is in bloom

The moonflowers (Ipomoea alba) are spectacular this year

This self-sown four o'clock (Mirabilis jalapa) is almost pure pale yellow...

... Though there is no dearth of multicolored ones either

The Joseph's coat amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor) continues to get more extravagant

 The chocolate daisies (Berlandiera lyrata) took a long time, but now they have been getting continually bigger and more floriferous for over a month

The yellow seedling cannas are beginning to bloom again

 My African marigolds (Tagetes erecta) are having some disease issues this year but luckily some plants are still blooming well

The klip dagga (Leonotis nepetifolia) bushes have gotten massive and are flopping all over the place but all but one of them are also flowering beautifully

To see what others have growing and flowering the world over, make sure to visit May Dreams Gardens!


  1. You have every color! Wonderful!
    I remember Four-o'clocks from my childhood
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

    1. Thanks, same to you!

      I do have a thing for more old-fashioned flowers; part of the reason that I love four o'clocks is that they have been garden staples for so long but are not that common anymore today.

  2. Beautiful flowers, thanks for sharing them! Sorry to hear about the mice and the rice.

    1. Thanks! I have potted up samples of some of the rarer varieties and moved them into the sun room, in an attempt to ensure that I at least harvest enough seed for coming seasons.

  3. You have some awesome flowers in your garden! The colors are fantastic and the variety of shapes and sizes is great. Sorry to hear about your rice. I do hope you find a solution to the problem.

    1. Thank you! As for the mice, I have put out lots of traps, but there still seem to be more, since every day there is some more damage...

  4. A couple of winters ago, we had rats. They completely tore up my garden shed. They still haven't left completely. Hope you have better luck getting rid of your mice. The Moon flowers are incredible!

    1. Thanks! Now my main concern is to keep them from moving into the house as it gets colder.


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