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U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Autumn? What are you talking about? GBBD

The official astronomical dates for the summer season are June 21 - September 22. So, technically, it is still summer. My garden is in full agreement with this statement. Here are several blooming plants.
Verbena rigida Polaris and Bluebeard look good together.

Nasturtium got wild and needed my strong hand for control so that it would not overtake all my garden.

Several gladioluses were given to me without any information about their names and colors, so there were lots of surprises.


A dahlia is whispering something to a cleome. Cleome takes care of itself by self seeding and poking up here and there in the garden.


Hosta is finishing its show.


Reliable and tough calendula, part of my garden pharmacy.


Shrub rose Carefree Marvel is loaded with blooms. It suffered a great deal this summer by being eaten by a deer. A part of my netting is seen on the left part of the picture. It helps, although some blooms got squished.



Fuchsia Double Otto will bloom til December. I have a picture of it under the snow.



Russian Sage, which I planted four years ago, has a lot of babies which I move to different parts of the garden.



My two white dahlias have huge heads which cause their branches to break. That is why I've been having white dahlia bouquets for months.



Last, but not least - Pink Nasturtium. Yes, pink. Not orange, yellow or dark red, but pink. Plants are not vigorous, but the flowers are pretty. Its name is Cherry Rose. The flowers don't have spurs. The tag promised " truckloads of blooms" and "thriving in any dry old patch". I didn't get so lucky. I think my soil was too old or too dry. Anyway, I was pleased to see pink nasturtium for the first time in my life.



There are many other blooms not shown here: climbing rose Don Juan, Knock out roses, daylily Stella D'oro, perennial phlox, salvia, pelargoniums, nicotiana, fuchsia magelanica, etc.

Thank you Carol for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/

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42 comments:

  1. Verbena and blubird sure do look great together! Your garden is stunning!

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  2. Gorgeous gorgeous photo's! I love Fuchsia! Beautiful photo!

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  3. I know what that white dahlia is whispering to the Cleome: "You really should restrain yourself, dear, dancing with such wild abandon throughout the garden is not lady-like."

    Everything is stunning, this Bloom Day in your garden.

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  4. It is so summer here too! I love the white dahlias....ALOT. Everything is just gorgeous. I just planted calendula seeds and nasturtiam..

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  5. Luscious! Love the pink nastur. very different. I usually only see yellow, orange and maybe dark red.
    All very pretty, Tatyana!
    Rosey

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  6. Gorgeous blooms and photos Tatyana! Yes! Lets cling to summer's every day! Enjoy the last few! Carol

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  7. Your end of summer garden is gorgous! I can't wait for my Russion sage to have babies too!

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  8. Your gladiola turned out to be a very pretty surprise bloom. And now I know what a healthy Fuchsia is suppose to look like. My poor baby is so sad looking.
    I simply love the different shades of blues with the verbena.

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  9. What beauties Tatyana! I love that Fuchsia Double Otto --- think I need to have one in my garden! Can't wait to see a photo of it in the snow.

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  10. Wow, what a show! I love they many colors and beautiful blossoms.

    Happy bloom day!

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  11. Oh Tatyana, I was excited to see Verbena polaris, having been recently given some slips of it. The Bluebird is also Verbena? They do look lovely together. Your dahlias are amazing, as is the pink nastursium. Too dry or too old...good one! HA :-)
    Frances

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  12. What wonderful pictures. It sure feels cool enough to be Autumn here!

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  13. My goodness Tatyana, Gardening is in your blood-Beautiful blooms and great photo shots. Happy GBBD!


    -Cathy

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  14. Hurray! All my life I've been told that on my birthday it's fall. But now I know that it's still summer, even if it's the last summer day. Thanks for letting me know =)

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  15. Of couse it is still summer, with a little fall in the air! Lovely photos. That Carefree Rose is just yummy!

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  16. Your Bluebeard (Caryopteris?) is extra blue -- do you remember the variety? Everything looks lush and lovely. I'll have to keep watch for the 'Cherry Rose' nasturtium.

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  17. You are good at stretching the summer to its limit with such lovely blooms..... ~bangchik

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  18. Pink nasturtiums? Yowzer! Love it.

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  19. Thank you all and everyone for looking at my summery September blooms! I made a correction - BluebIrd is actually BluebEArd, Caryopteris x clandonensis (I haven't had my morning coffee yet when I posted). I am glad you liked a pink nasturtium. Plants of Distinction sells it.

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  20. Hi Tatyana. Have to jump in here and say how beautiful ALL your blooms are too. I really like the pink nasturtium ~ it's just my color! Having said that, the white dahlia blooms are great too. I can see why they break ~ they look huge. The perfect thing for a vase. Enjoy the rest of summer and happy bloom day to you.

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  21. Таня, красиво-о-о-о...!!!
    Улиточка такая необыкновенная и очаровательная!
    ***Цветочки календулы, фуксия с капельками, шалфеюшка и все-все ~~~
    привет вам от моего сердца, а также чувств восторга и благодарности!

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  22. Wow, that pink nasturtium is a knockout! Your photos and your blooms are just stunning, Tatyana, but the first photo really caught my eye. Blue and white is one of my all-time favorite color combinations, but not one you see very often in the garden.

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  23. I always enjoy seeing your garden blooms. You hear me saying "ooh" or "ahh" with each picture I see. I fell in love with gladiolus this summer. For some reason, they were in great display this year in other people's gardens that I hadn't noticed before. They have such an elegance about them.

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  24. Tatyana everything looks so pretty but I just love that white dahlia... beautiful! Thanks for visiting my site today too hun.

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  25. Today definitely felt like summer here. I planted what were supposed to be pink nasturtiums, but they ended up orange. I'll be looking for 'Cherry Rose' next year. It definitely looks like summer there.

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  26. Tatyana, whar a marvellous flower parade! Your photos are just great - can't really decide which is my favourite one, but the pink Nasturtium makes my heart beat faster...
    Katarina

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  27. Hi, you wondered about when my bithday is. It's the last summer day, september 22nd. So it's comming up soon =) I hope you'll have a wonderful day. I'll be digging new flowerbeds in my garden / gittan

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  28. What a lovely pictures!
    I like the name of your blogg: "My Secret Garden" sounds really - secret ;))!/Anja

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  29. Wow!! Marvel your pictures...they are so so beautiful...

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  30. You have created a lovely garden! Beautiful!!!!

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  31. Wow! Those yellow calendula - something about picture takes me back to my mother in her garden and a scent of childhood. Gorgeous blooms!

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  32. Ohhhh I love those! That last photo is simply stunning...

    I believe that we here in the PNW are blessed to has such a usually mild fall that we get to enjoy our blooms a little longer than many! Kim

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  33. I love the blue mist shrub and verbena together -- very nice. You have beautiful pictures for Bloom Day. And a pink nasturium?!

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  34. I love the apricot and russet nasturtium at the top.

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  35. Your fuchia is beautiful. It's an annual here so I don't grow it - I only get annuals I can easily grow from seeds. Cleome might be for me. I have Russian sage and it has not reproduced, although I would like it to.

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  36. A pink nasturtium.

    Nasturtiums love poor soil.

    Feed and water them like your relatives at Christmas and they'll put on masses of growth but few flowers.

    Mine did alright until the aphids ate them all!

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  37. Wow Tatyana, GREAT composion in your images. Thank you for inspiration.
    Scott

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  38. The Fuchsia Double Otto looks like something an artist dreamed up, its gorgeous!

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  39. Hi Tatyana~~ I've grown 'Cherry Rose' Nasturtium for a few years now. For me it performs best while the weather is cool, say April-June. Once it heats up the aphids take over and it gets kind of rangy and sunburned. Your white dahlias are delicious! 'Carefree Marvel' looks identical to my carpet rose.

    I'm not sure but I think it's my no scripts options that are blocking half of your photos. I've removed the blocks but it doesn't seem to matter. I'll have to talk to my computer savvy husband about this. In the meantime I'm rueful over missing what are undoubtedly great photos.

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  40. Tatyana, I'm very late for Bloom Day, but loved seeing your beauties! I too have Cherry Rose Nasturtium. It's my favorite of the colors.
    I'm wondering what you use the calendulas for as "part of your garden pharmacy". You've made me curious :)
    I'm also wondering what the Dahlia is wispering to the Cleome :) I have the same color Cleome.
    Wish I could get Caryopteris to survive here in my garden. Love that blue, and all the bees it attracts.

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