The Violet Fern

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What’s Blooming: Vanilla Spice and Everything Nice

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Bloom day already! We have Carol of May Dreams Gardens to thank for hosting this virtual bloom day the 15th of each month. And this is THE month for those of us in the Northeast – the grand finale. With a taste of Fall in the air, I am reminded, sadly, that Summer will end. The skies have been dark and stormy with rain and cooler temps. And yet again, I am reminded of the beauty of Autumn and late Summer. The deep dark sky shows off the golden hues.

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Joe and Susan are really getting it on this year!

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There’s gold in ‘dem ‘dere hills! Well, my garden’s not much of a hill, but there are plenty of golden blooms: Cutleaf Coneflower and Cup Plant are loaded.

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Bees love Cutleaf Coneflower, Rudbeckia Laciniata.

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I’m not sure, but I think there’s more than a bee in this capture.

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The Potager is more flowers than vegetables this year due to my lack of attention. Trumpet Vine has gone wild but I don’t mind. Wasps seem to be attracted to it, but I also observed a Bumble Bee and another smaller bee all within a few seconds. It keeps things busy, anyway. I am seeing more hummingbirds this year than I ever have – due to the plantings? But I am sorely lacking in Butterflies even though I have been planting native for six years now.

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Borage among the tomatoes. I purposely planted seeds in 2009? I have not planted it since then yet I always have a bumper crop of Borage. The bees love it.

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Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory – another reseeder – among the Sun Gold cherry tomatoes. You know, this is a rather striking combo!

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And so is this – Lemon Gem Marigolds with a back drop of Purple Perilla (now classified as a weed in my Potager but oh so pretty).

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The Woodland Edge has been taken over by violets but I’ve been adding a few taller things to compete with them. Turk Cap Lily seems to have made itself at home. I received these from our local garden club.

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An irresistible purchase, Kopper King hardy hibiscus, stands tall among the violets, too. It is no longer in flower but I noticed these eggs on one of the beautiful bronzed leaves. Anyone?

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When it was in flower, yowza!

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Another recent purchase that’s been on my wishlist, Summersweet, Clethra ainifolia ‘Caleb’, Vanilla Spice! Oh, she’s nice and I wish we had smell-o-rama so you could smell her! She should get along with those violets, too.

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Everything will be so nice! Culver’s Root is always a display come this time of year. It’s buzzy, too.

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The Culver’s Root is flanked by Ornamental Onions.

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Great Blue Lobelia, Persicaria Firetail and white Phlox remind me of July (now gone by)!

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I couldn’t pull all the Jewelweed as the hummingbirds love these … but as a consequence, I will be pulling more again next year!

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Hosta Row is becoming a favorite spot of mine even though I have yet to plant some of it and the weeds have moved in. I just love the colors of this calendula with heucheras and Quickfire Hydrangea – they are somehow soft, pink and girly (so unlike me)!

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For the first time in Hosta Row, hops are in bloom! I just love them.

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But the star of Hosta Row is definitely our native Clematis Virginiana. It went wild this year (as most of my garden does)! It has completely covered its new trellis and is roaming among the Hostas looking for more. Just look at all these blooms!

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And that’s it, pant, pant … I have to stop! There’s more, more, more like Russian Sage, Rooguchi, “Sublime” Nicotiana, Perennial Sunflowers, berries but … there’s also next month, next year, and foliage followup!

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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: Vanilla Spice and Everything Nice

  1. We have so many of the same flowers blooming. My veg garden is far behind and worse for the rain and cool air. My Kopper King is just blooming and nodding onion showed up again in my garden.

    • Oh Donna my Potager is in sad shape. I have yet to do my fall planting. I need more kale, more chard, more basil. My beans are stunted – I didn’t transplant them soon enough. Good thing gardeners can always try again next year! I love those nodding onions!

  2. I love you blog and your garden style. Very similar blooms at this time of the year being in the same gardening zone and all, but I am taking notes about all the natives and re-seeding plants. Thanks to your inspiration for the last two year my vegetable garden converted to a potager with Calendula, Nasturtium, Chamomile and Marigolds interplanted in my raised beds. I feel that the garden has been healthier because of the added flowers and more bees are visiting the cucumbers and tomato blooms who are delivering quite a crop this year! Thanks again!

    • Aw thanks Daniela, you have made my day! Your potager sounds beautiful (and most certainly is better maintained than mine this year). I am so happy for you and the bees!

  3. You have so many gorgeous blooms for the end of summer! Love the Joes and Susans together! I have a feeling we are similar lovers of the jungle, Kathy:) I have so many volunteers and re-seeders, too, but sadly borage isn’t one of them–I’ve planted some every year with little success. It’s funny, isn’t it, how one plant does so well in one person’s garden, but not in another’s. And I am so envious of your ‘Vanilla Spice’ Clethra! I wanted to buy one a few years ago, but had to settle for a ‘Ruby Spice.’ So far, ‘Ruby’ has been a puny disappointment. Beautiful garden!

  4. I love Joe Pye…one of my favorites and I can’t get enough of Susan…I have all her relatives:-) lol…your potager looks lovely! You really have a lot of the best natives…I bet our garden is humming this time of year! Great post and pics:-)

  5. I meant your garden…I am heading to bed right now and trying to catch up with blogs ….:-) so much to do this time of year. I got my fall garden in, but I am not ready for fall yet! It means snow…oh now the bad word!

  6. Jewelweed is now blooming along the roadsides all over my neighborhood, but I haven’t seen it in my garden — yet! Vanilla spice clethra seems like another possible plant for the new fragrant garden I plan to begin next year. I saw Quickfire hydrangea on a garden tour recently and fell in love with it, but I have a feeling it would not be happy in my sandy soil.

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