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September Blooms 2 Sept. 2022

The weather is moderate and the rainfall is adequate here in the American South.  College football season has begun and there will be a heavy dose of it this Labor Day Weekend.  College football stadiums will be in full throttle and the tailgates will be plentiful and abundant.  It is a great time of the year.

The gardens are still beautiful and the butterflies are plentiful.  The summer perennials are waning but the fall flowers are appearing.  I am beginning to plan fall and winter projects.

Here are my photos for the week.

The first is the beautiful dragon wing begonias.  It inhabits the window boxes and will be abundant until frost.  I have to remember to remove them before frost since they make a frightul mess if they freeze.

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The second is a solitary Shasta daisy.  They have been plentiful and healthy this year.  They will need some thinning this fall.

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Here is an obedient flower.  It is a native perennial and has just begun to bloom.  Physostegia species are so named because a flower pushed to one side will often stay in that position.  It is in the mint family.

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The “Indian Summer” black eyed susan and the Penta are still blooming regularly.

 

These garlic chives are blooming beautifully and attracting many Common Buckeyes.

 

The zinnias are attracting all manner of butterflies including the gulf fritillary.

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Finally, here is an autumn fern (Dryoperis erythrosora) that loves the container on the deck.  This beautiful fern is evergreen and hardy in our climate.

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Hope you have a memorable Labor Day Weekend and happy gardening.

Remember the Propagator.  He is our inspiration.

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Blooms and Buds

March 4, 2022

It has been a very warm week here in Central Alabama with daytime highs reaching 80.  The forecast is for several more days like this before some rain and cooler temps arrive in a week.  We may get some freezing temps then.  It is tempting to plant tender plants now but I am avoiding that action.  I have potted up my tomatoes and peppers yesterday.  I have some rudbeckia and daisies that I hope to pot up today.

Here is the Five for Friday.

This is a holly fern with the large fiddle head visible.  This is part of a group of hollies at the entrance to the Mens Garden that was transplanted a year ago.  They are very happy and sheltered enough that they have stayed green all winter.

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This is a star magnolia.  It is Magnolia stellata which is a native of Japan.  The blooms are small in comparison to the massive Southern magnolia.

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This is an early blooming azalea.  I hope it doesn’t get stung by next week’s colder temps.  I do not know the name of this variety.

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This is Veronica prostata or prostrate speedwell.  It is native to Europe and unlike its cousins, it forms a nice groundcover and is everygreen.  This one is in an open area and may have to be transplanted.  It is forming a slowly spreading mat of foliage.

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This is Trillium cuneatum.  It is a native to the eastern US.  It will open up to a reddish tinted bloom.  The trillium natives are spring ephemerals so after blooming, they will disappear until next spring.  We are glad it hides out in the Mens Garden for the year.

The last two are a late blooming Camellia with an unknow name and a sedum.  I believe this sedum is Autumn Joy.

Happy gardening and enjoy the weather wherever you are.  Don’t forget to follow the Propagator.  He is the inspiration for my blog.