The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

What’s Blooming


Out front Sedum Maestro is attracting a lot of attention from passersby – of the bumble bee variety.

The Cardinal Climber has reached its tendrils up to the of the porch lattice and is finally in bloom. Sadly, the hummingbirds have already moved on, but maybe those on their journey from further up north will chance upon its blooms.

In the butterfly garden Autumn Joy has taken the stage behind the blooms of Switch Grass ‘Dallas Blues’ whose blades will turn a beautiful gold color come the winter snows.

In the pollinator garden the Cosmos and Zinnias are still blooming in full force and are frequently visited by bees and Monarchs.

In the new woodland edge border, asters left wild are a cloud of tiny white blooms and new spontaneous, irresistible purchase Little Lemon golden rod seems to be a hit.

Along the drive, more Switch Grass but cross Ruby Ribbons in full bloom and whose blade tips are just beginning to turn red. The obedient plant is always abuzz with bees and Monarchs. Another spontaneous purchase Clematis ‘Comtesse De Bouchard,’ and one I do not regret. She has not stopped blooming since being planted.

An all time favorite just added this year is Coreopsis Moonbeam. And a first for me – my Moonflower is in bloom. Each morning I am greeted with another full moon at least 6″ across.

Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens the 15th of each month. Visit Carol’s blog and if you’d like, add your blog to the list so we can view your blooming blog.


Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

8 thoughts on “What’s Blooming

  1. That Sedum is seriously gorgeous! I can just visualise the hum and buzz of activity in your garden with all those lovely flowers in bloom. The Moonflower grows wild in my garden and literaly refuses to go away. Not that I really want it too but it has a tendency to encroach where its not welcome 😛

  2. I love the sedum! I can't grow that variety down here but I had it up north…love it! Yours is beautiful in full color. Your clematis and moonflower are also spectacular!! I'm also a fan of ornamental grasses…yours are awesome. Happy GBBD!

  3. aloha,what a beautiful garden you have presented to us this september, so many blooms, but this time of the year for me sedums stand out and i like that you have presented them first 🙂

  4. I do like the look of your sedum Maestro must see if that is available in the UK. I also like the way your garden is obviously wildlife orientated.

  5. I love that Autumn Joy! How big is your property…seems like you have a lot of space. I love the Maestro, everything looks beautiful!

  6. I will have to try the Sedum maestro! Love the leaves and only hope it is strong. I love Coreopsis moonbeam and your Moonflower… how delicious! Lovely photos! ;>)

  7. What a great array of fall flowers. I added Comtesse de Bouchaud to my garden this year, too, and have been very happy that I did. Your goldenrod looks wonderful, and like Carol, I am very taken with Sedum 'Maestro.' -Jean

  8. Thank you for your comments. I am very happy with Sedum Maestro, too. It is still looking good. If I can find Sedum Matrona, I will be happy twice. The Comtesse de Bouchard is LOADED with blooms right now! Moonflower gone wild … maybe mine will reseed itself. It is so pretty and I need to make a point of watching it bloom at dusk.

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