Saturday, August 15, 2015

It's Bloom Day

I spent my day on round two of unburying the garden that is a visual commons on a private lot. I was still in that state of mind, this garden is a mess, when I wandered out to take pictures for Bloom Day. I think some light floppage removal and path mowing will solve the mess in my garden.

Late summer is when my part of the wild cultivated gardens has its biggest show. I want it to look nice. So it shall be. For now, we will be seeing pretty flower pictures. You can assume the mess.

The Black Eyed Susan are in full bloom. They are all over the place.

There's vegetables under all that ironweed. Ironweed is a tall thing. It is a good dung fed eight feet high.

There are some flowers at eye level.

My Echinops bannaticus are pretty much being buried by 'Morning Light'. I transplanted one before when that was happening and it did not go well. The plant I moved died. A new plant came up from the left over roots where the old one had been. I just need to buy more or grow them from seed. More is always good

There's a vegetable garden in there somewhere under all that Ironweed, Joe Pye and Pale Indian Plantain. The roadside vegetable garden was looking a bit messy too and there are sacks of fine produce that need harvesting. I hope I can get everything done tomorrow.

It's getting there. A Tall Flower Meadow is coming into its glorious late summer bloom.

Joe Pye is hosting a rotating torrent of bugs.

The scene on its white cousin, the Boneset is the same. It does seem to attract a different set of bugs.

The Goldenrods have started. There are three kinds in the meadow. This Solidago canadensis is my least favorite, too tall, too aggressive. It will be time next year to start editing a lot of it out.

The first of many many asters has arrived. This is Eurybia divaricata, the White Wood Aster.

It's the last day for this Queen Ann's Lace. It has flopped across the path and there is no shortage of it in the wild cultivated gardens.

I have all this and the Tall Flower Meadow is still not in peak bloom. It keeps getting better.

That's my Bloom Day report. Be sure to visit more correspondents at the Indiana Bloom Day headquarters.


Lea said...

A lot of pink/purple - love it!

Lisa Greenbow said...

Happy GBBD. It looks like all is on schedule this late summer.

Carol McKenzie said...


Seed scattering question: Do you scatter as you collect in the fall, or save until spring and then scatter?

Christopher C. NC said...

Lea I am always trying to add more purple and blue.

It's a good Bloom Day Lisa.

Carol I toss seed in the fall immediately after I bring them home. I actually toss whole flower heads and stalks. Seed saving through the winter is just another added chore I don't have the time or supplies for.

Lola said...

It all looks good.

Carol McKenzie said...

Thanks for the reply. Then I shall gather and fling with abandon this fall. I have, among other things, a wormwood, Artemisia absinthium, that I'd like to get established in other places. It's quite a lovely shade of silver gray, and smells wonderful when crushed. It's in the shade, and it sprawls a bit. I think it wants full sun, which I have.

Dee Nash said...

My goldenrods and asters are primed to bloom, but haven't yet. I just can't get over the number of insects on Joe Pye weed. It's extraordinary. My garden feels very messy this time of year, and I'm removing some of the flopping shasta daisies after the garden tour in fall. Christopher, I love your meadow. That's a hard thing to pull off, and you've done it so well. Happy Bloom Day. ~~Dee

Phillip Oliver said...

It looks great!

Christopher C. NC said...

Thanks Lola. It is looking good.

Carol artemisia is pretty aggressive spreading by rhizomes. You would get faster results transplanting some of it I bet.

Dee Joe Pye and Boneset are both insect magnets, always covered with some kind of bug. I'm over Shasta Daisy and their floppiness too. When I plant them again it will have to be one of the shorter cultivars. My meadow gets a lot of help from nature. It has good wild flower bone structure.

Thanks Phillip.

Swimray said...

Is that rudbeckia growing in some shade, or part shade? If so, I may have to give that a try.

Christopher C. NC said...

Yes Ray that rudbeckia is in some shade. They will handle part day sun. They bloom better with full sun. These are in what I would call high shade on the north side of tree shadows about 25 feet away from the trunks.