September GBBD

“September GBBD”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for coming up with GBBD.  This is the day (15th of the month) when gardeners everywhere post everything which is blooming in our gardens.

I can hardly believe it is already the middle of September and time for another Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.  The year has certainly started to fly by.  It seems that it was only August GBBD a very short time ago, and now a whole month has passed.

With so many recent days of rain, the garden is starting to recover from the summer heat and drought, but I am still waiting for more plants  to begin blooming again.  When cooler temperatures show up, we get a second bloom time similar to spring.  So, what’s blooming now in south Louisiana?

The cannas have started blooming again.  The old-fashioned yellow ones have just started blooming, and Tropical Sunrise, a gorgeous apricot colored one, has bloomed though its flowers are looking a little shabby because of the recent downpours.


Trop Sunrise Canna (redu)


This canna is blooming in front of a big plumbago plant.  I never thought out the blue and apricot color scheme, but the two together looks very good.  You can see a few blue buds in the above photo, and below is one of the blue sprays.


Plumbago (redu)


A few roses have started blooming again, mainly Iceberg and an unknown pink.  The Iceberg’s white flowers were beaten up by the rain something awful, but the unknown pink had a lovely flower just opening.   I see many buds on the Knockouts and Mutabilis, so maybe next month, I’ll have photos of those blooming.


Shelia's Rose (redu)


The Cat’s Whiskers is still blooming profusely and always has bumble bees buzzing around the flowers.


Bee on Cat's Whskrs (redu)


The Mexican petunias are blooming, but for a change it is the pink that is blooming more than the purple.  Usually the pink variety doesn’t flower as well as the purple in my garden.


Pk Mex Pet (redu)


The flower color in the above photo is not correct.  I don’t know what it is about some flowers that you just can’t take a photo and achieve the correct bloom color.  The photo below is a better image of the flower’s true color.


Pk Mex Pet Clsp (redu)


The toad lilies have started blooming in earnest now.  I had a few blooms in late July/early August, but now they are really beginning to flower nicely.


Toad Lily (redu)


The pink vitex tree is still putting out flowers.  This is the latest it has ever been blooming around here.


Pk Vitex (redut)


Of course the dependables are still blooming: salvias, impatiens, pentas, and hibiscus.  All and all, not too bad for all the heat and dry weather of August and the first part of September, and the downpours of the last week.

Be sure and visit Carol to see what is blooming in other people’s gardens.  I know I always enjoy visiting with the other participants.



  1. Gururaj said,

    September 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Lovely flowers! I have quite a few of them too – petunias, toad lilies, plumbago, rose – I wonder whether they have bloomed. I’m now away from home and am awaiting photos of my garden from my daughter!

  2. Janet said,

    September 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Great blue plumbago! Lovely shade of blue. We have a purple/blue vitex that bloomed in the Learning Garden in early summer. I don’t know about the pink one.

  3. September 16, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Orange and blue/or violet/ color is the contrasting colors. On color wheel they are on opposite sides – this is why they make perfect contrasting set. Love it.

  4. September 16, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I just love all your exotic plants Jan! They are so beautiful. Your Canna is absolutely marvellous, I planted one from seed this year and it is about a meter tall but no sign of any flower …yet.


  5. andré said,

    September 16, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Iceberg is blooming in our garden too right now. It’s really nice. I like that Mexican Petunia a lot. I’ll have to get seeds for next season.

  6. fairegarden said,

    September 16, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Hi Jan, it seems your garden is having a renaissance! How wonderful. I love the blue and apricot blend too, very soothing to the eye. 🙂

  7. Phillip said,

    September 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Everything looks great. I love the toad lily.

  8. Jean said,

    September 18, 2009 at 7:12 am

    It’s amazing what a little rain and milder temps can do for the garden, isn’t it? I’ve always liked the combo of orange and the light blue of plumbago together. But I can never seem to get the right orange plant to bloom at the same time as plumbago. But I’ll keep trying! Love your spider lilies. Mine are going strong as well. I missed posting for GBBD but will definitely have a post up soon that includes the lilies.

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