|It stands tall and sways in the breeze|
|This photo is from late October, but it's still blooming and one of the last Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) was seen flitting around the garden yesterday so I thought|
|You've seen this photo before~Aronia arbutifolia, Panicum virgatum 'Northwind' and Salvia elegans|
The Agastaches are also in bloom~or, to be more accurate, they are just now finishing up! Agastache aurantiaca 'Navajo Sunset' (above) is new this year and
Agastache rupestris (above) has been in the garden for several years. Both are planted in containers to keep them alive. They would rot in Clay and Limestone's wet, wet winters. They're planted in sharp draining soil that's on the lean side and spend the winters outdoors. Now those are hardy plants and beloved of resident pollinators and gardener alike! (Not The Climate For Xeric)
Rosa 'Lovely Fairy' is a version of the classic rose 'The Fairy' in a brighter pink. I love, love, love this rose! It's shade tolerant and when it starts looking puny in the middle of summer I give it a good haircut and voila it's blooming before you know it. It's also one of the easiest of plants to propagate from cuttings~I mean, stick a stem in the soil and it roots easy peasy! I have this growing in containers and in the garden!
Hamamelis virginiana is blooming! I am celebrating each and every little bloom on this small tree! I was worried that there would be no bloom~the drought has taken a toll on all the native witch hazels~They do like moister conditions. It's been dry, I mean really dry. Dryer then we are used to seeing.
Don't you love the fascinating blooms that have been described as crepe paper by some and spidery by others! I think they're spectacular and love how they furl on cold days and unfurl on warm days.
|The first flower came before the leaves resting as lightly as butterflies on their short stiff stems, |
looking as if they had settled but for a moment between flights.*
Almost all the Aster/Symphyotrichum are starting to fade, but, as long as there is one flower left there will be at least one Bumble visiting. I'm gonna miss them when they're gone.
|Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender'|
|'Bat Faced' Cuphea|
I am a day late for Bloom Day but, offer up these blooms for your enjoyment. Please pop over to May Dreams Gardens, where our delightful hostess has links to more Bloom Day posts then you can imagine.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone.