The Day after Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day

Late summer in a vase: Helenium, Echinops, Solidago, 2 species Ceratostigma

I figure that the stuff blooming in my garden yesterday is still blooming today, so what the heck!  Actually, the yard is amazing floriferous right now with the summer flowers transitioning to the autumn stars.  

The perennial lobelias are in their glory in September and I have four different colors of them to lure the hummingbirds and bees. 

Blue Lobelia siphilitica, other L. cardinalis and x speciosa cultivars

The Ceratostigma is blooming—C. willmottianum and C. plumbaginoides both, a killer true blue alongside the golden foliaged plants and the silver of Blue Oat Grass.  I expect them to bloom until first frost. 

Tricyrtis (toad lily) is showing its stuff in the shady beds. 

Echinops (globe thistle) and Helenium (sneezeweed) are still abuzz with bees and wasps—including the gorgeous, almost aqua tinted sand wasps.  At this time of the year, the insects are as intriguing as the plants.

Sand wasp dining on nectar of Helenium autumnale (sneezeweed)

© Colleen Miko, 2011

About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.
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