Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - September 2019/Poetry Sunday

Once again Carol of May Dreams Gardens is hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for us and I am happy to welcome you to my zone 9a garden just northwest of Houston, Texas. 

Our plentiful rains of the spring and early summer are a faded memory here in mid-September. We have transitioned into a very dry late summer, as we hope for the respite of autumn rain - preferably not accompanied by a hurricane. Most of my plants are looking a bit worse for wear as they endure the long, hot, dry days, but many still manage to produce blooms to brighten the garden.

 September is time for asters.

 And more asters.

The purple oxalis has been resting for much of the summer but now it is producing blooms again.

 The gaudy flowers of the crape myrtles continue - in watermelon red...

 ...and in pink.

 Esperanza, aka yellow bells, reaches for the sky.

 The blue plumbago plants are a bank of blossoms now.

 Even Joe Pye weed has decided to have another go at blooming.

The milkweed has done well but has had very few Monarch visitors this summer. And I've seen no eggs or caterpillars.

 The jatropha has had perhaps its best summer ever.

 And the 'Lady of Shallott' rose has been a winner.

On the fence that separates the front and backyards, the evergreen wisteria has been blooming its heart out.

 Even the Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum' still has a few blossoms.

 And so does the vitex that has bloomed beautifully all summer.

 The Hamelia patens, aka Mexican firebush, is in its glory now.

 And the oleander still sends out a few flowers.

 In the goldfish pond, a single water lily bloom hides among the leaves.

Firespike sends out more blooms as the weather gets cooler, but it is getting a head start now.

They bloomed in early spring but even now that they are dry the blossoms of the hydrangea are still beautiful.

 In fact, I like them just as well now as when they were new and fresh.

 'Pride of Barbados' is past its main flush of blooms but still has a few.

And they are very attractive to butterflies like these Giant Swallowtails. 

In other non-blooming news from the garden:

 The Meyer lemon crop is coming along nicely.

 As are the Mandarin oranges.

Many of the white beautyberries have already been devoured by hungry birds. 

But never mind. There are still plenty of the purple ones left. 

The golden dewdrop berries of Duranta erecta are already being eaten by the birds as well.

Earlier this summer, my little Japanese maple lost most of its leaves to a fungal disease. Undaunted, it is now producing a second crop.
 Just in time to drop them in the fall.

And in the goldfish pond, there is a new contingent of tiny goldfish, just added after the last of my old fish succumbed a few months earlier. And the goldfish have as their companions lots of these tiny tadpoles. Yes, the frog population of my garden seems to be doing quite well.

 And that makes my little buddy happy!


September brings a beauty of its own and dreams of the seasons to come...

September Flowers

by Joseph Narusiewicz

September wild flowers grow free
Purple, yellow, lavender, all beam joy
Fall is starting to turn the sumac
A walk can be such a wondrous trip

The air is crisp and vibrant
Touches of red show in the maples
Geese land in slews and ponds
Oaks seem so noble and strong

Hills filled with lush life
Songs of an autumn moon
Radiant sun brings azure blue
Birch and elm reach for love

Greens of summer still rule
This path has many wild flowers
The lake will soon freeze
Meadows will cover with snow

Rain has made everything vibrant
Moss and pine trees grow mellow
Mushrooms glow with sunlight
Soft breezes make the leaves dance

Blue birds gather on a fallen tree
Squirrels gather their acorns
Great Cottonwoods loom like giants
Old logs, field grass, daisies

I sigh amidst the September flowers


  1. Isn't the 'Lady of Shallott' rose fantastic? I just stumbled across your blog for the first time and love your content (a "Vera" fan!). I have some catching up to do.

    1. The 'Lady' has definitely been my favorite among my roses this year. I'm so glad you stumbled in, Phillip, and I hope you'll visit often. I'm loving the Vera series and itching to get back to it, which I may do after I finish the book I'm reading.

  2. September flowers, especially at the latitude where I live, have an added touch of poignancy about them, as we realize that they are the last vestige of summer's blooms and that fall is right around the corner. Already here, a few trees are showing early tinges of colour, but this may be evidence of stress rather than fall foliage. In any event it is time to make batches of squash soup - and once we start to do that we know that winter is coming!

    1. Butternut squash soup is perhaps the favorite thing about winter for me. Not that we actually have very much winter here but any excuse to have that wonderful soup!

  3. Thank you for all of this, the pictures, the captions and the poem. Hurray for the Japanese maple and the tadpoles!!

    1. Those tadpoles are a joy for me. I am a big frog fan.

  4. I'm sighing amidst the September flowers in your garden, Dorothy. They are truly lovely even with the heat and dryness. Happy GBBD! P.x

  5. I sigh over September, too, although for me it means Winter is Coming (and I don't mean Game of Thrones, either). As always I enjoyed your collection of flowers, many of which won't grow here in the Southern Tier of New York State, including my favorites, the crepe myrtles.

    1. The crapes have been particularly spectacular this year.

  6. Oh, how I am enjoying your wonderful garden blooms! Spring has just begun awakening flowers here in my part of the world.

    My Corner of the World

    1. You've much to look forward to with the beginning of spring.

  7. Lovely..we could so relate with blooms each month...I love enormous blooms of aster...that crape myrtle in watermelon red is sparkling got to find one for my garden too..every time you post about wisteria it gives more urge to get one for me..never knew duranta erecta has berries over it...are they edible...nice to see Garden figurine at the end of just add life to the garden...Happy blooms day..

    Ps hope your husband is in good health now..

    1. I think the berries of the Duranta are only edible for critters, but they do love them. My husband is doing very well indeed. You are kind to ask.

  8. I was confused by the Mandarine oranges and wondered what was wrong. It never occurred to me that oranges are green when they are green...duh! Never once have I seen one on a tree when it was green. The pictures are always taken when they are bright orange and tempting to eat. Advertisements - they fool you every time.

    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry (in Tennessee where oranges don't grow)

    1. LOL! Yes, they do start out green. They will soon start turning orange and the lemons yellow. It’s a months-long process.

    2. Of course (palm smack to the forehead), duh, again.

      Jeannie from the Department of Redundancy Department

  9. Dorothy-your late summer blooms are beautiful and I love the lemons and oranges! As summer comes to an end, there is still so much beauty in your garden.

    1. Thank you, Lee. The summer has been tough on my plants, but we're still here, still blooming!


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