Thursday, September 25, 2014

September: Garden Blogger's Bloom Day

A few years ago I remember reading an article that stated that you will have very beautiful fall colors when there is a lot of rain in the summer. I wish I could give you the source so I thought I would Google that information. Here is an article that I found on what determines how beautiful a fall display will be in Fall Color Displays.

We certainly can claim that in Central and Northern New York we had plenty of rain. At least once a week we had a significant rainfall. So even though it's still at the beginning of our Autumn season expect to see glorious fall colors.

Lots of reds, yellow goldenrod, and purple asters in this area across the field on our road.

I can't believe how fast the changes are taking place here in the northeast. Just last week everything was bright yellows from the golden rods, and bright green leaves on the trees, but now the golden rods are more of a muted gold and lost their bright yellow hues, and the green leaves on the trees are drying out and changing to reds, yellows and copper-colors. I've also seen a lot of bright red vines and other bright red bushes as well.

For this blog post I am linking in with Carol at May Dream Gardens for hosting a popular event in the blogger community. If you are a garden blogger you can add a link to your page on her site. You write your blog post on what's blooming at this time in your garden. Anyone is welcome to check it out and look over other bloggers sites to see what's blooming in other parts of the world. Here is the link to Carol's post: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 2014.

Here some blooms that I thought I'd share with you because each week there are fewer and fewer blooms around the area.

This photo at left was a surprise flower this year. About four years ago I planted some "Magic Lily" bulbs. And I purchased red ones. Well, they never came up so I thought that maybe I planted them too deep, or possibly it was too cold here for them. Well, I guess it was magic because they finally appeared! I only had one bulb that came up though. What they do is send foliage up in the spring (like the Autumn Crocuses), and then the foliage dies back. In late summer/early fall it sends up a shoot and then the flowers appear on it. The Latin name is Lycoris squamigera. It is in the Amaryllis family. They are also referred to as "Naked Ladies" so you can imagine how popular that name is with some people.

And here are the Autumn Crocuses that popped up. 

Last fall I had an article in my blog on Autumn Crocuses: Autumn Crocuses Information

Photo at right: Close up of Autumn crocus.

My Pinky Winky hydrangea finally started turning pink in September. I've only had it a few years now and it's still pretty small. I think if it got a little more sun it would perform better. You can see how shady our yard is with all the shadows from the trees.

The 3-leaved plants at left looks to me like it could be poison ivy. But upon further inspection I noticed it wasn't too far from a Jack-in-the-Pulpit that was a volunteer (probably from a bird) and had produced a beautiful red seed head last year. So I'm hoping that these are probably Jack-in-the-Pulpit seedlings. The seedlings can take up to three years to germinate.

As pictured in the photo at right, these are the tall sedums Autumn Joy. I love this shade of pink on them at this time of year. In a week or so they will be quite a bit darker in color.

When I was weeding (occasionally I do that) I noticed this primrose starting to bloom again. Once the weather cools off they might re-bloom for you.

Some of the tall phlox flowers are still hanging in there.

 The wildflowers in the fields around the countryside were very bright and striking this year. I have pictured here (at right and below) some of the wild asters, and the goldenrod.

Another wildflower growing along the side of the road. Chickory.

Time for apple picking!

Dragonfly: It looks like he has unusually long legs, but that's an upside down pine needle he's resting on.

This photo shows pine needles that have fallen from a tree above this bush.

Full moon rising on September 8, 2014

And I leave you with a photo of sunrise and our first frost that my husband took on the morning of September 19,  2014 (three days before the start of Fall).

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, 
fluttering from the autumn tree."
~Emily Bronte 

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  1. We're having an early fall color change as well here on Long Island but it was a relatively dry summer until recently. I too have read that the colors are better with moderate rainfall so you should have a nice display to look forward to. I enjoyed your photos of the dragonfly visitor and fall colors in your gardens!

    1. Thanks, Lee. I think most people around here were hoping that fall wouldn't arrive until later seeing as we had a late start to spring and summer. And we had such an early frost already. At least it wasn't a heavy, killing frost so there is still a lot of fall colors around here. I'm hoping the real low temperatures and killing frost holds off for awhile.

  2. Sue I really adore your fall garden...and it is amazing how fast the garden is changing. My ash trees are dropping leaves and turning brown...I hope it doesn't mean they have EAB. Your moon and sunrise shots are stunning...I have been loving the warm sunny weather of late.

    1. Thanks, Donna. In a week's time the gardens have changed dramatically. I can't believe it. We noticed that some of our ash trees had a lot of bare branches this year, but I looked the trees over and I didn't see any of the Emerald Ash Borer exit holes. So I'm thinking they might have been stressed from the last few years summer draught, and our long, cold extended winter.
      I also read where there is a new test they are trying to get rid of EAB's. It's an imitation female EAB that electrocutes the male when he lands on her. Hope it works. They can do so much damage to our country's ash trees.

  3. I'm struck, Sue, by how fresh and healthy all your plants are...not bug-eaten and scraggly like mine the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia...

    1. Thanks, Ann. I really think that because of our rainfall this year it contributed to our plants being healthy throughout the growing season. We had a good soaking rain at least once a week which is needed for most plants. Usually the ferns in our area die out the end of July due to draught, but this year they looked good right up til about 2 weeks ago. Also, it wasn't that hot either. I think in our area we made it up to the mid 80's, I don't know what's protecting our plants from the bugs from eating the plants, but early in the season I put down some slug bait a few times because they are too numerous around our house with all our shade. I think that helped with some of my stuff.