Thursday, September 16, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day-September 2010

My garden is just starting to recover from our hot, dry summer. 7 inches of rain the week before didn't hurt. Many plants died, and many fall bloomers are late, but these are on track.

Dwarf pomegranate.
Dwarf pomegranate

Wild morning glory.
Wild morning glory

Blackfoot daisies and trailing lantana, with some of that darned bermuda grass mixed in, grr.
Blackfoot daisies & trailing lantana

"Senorita Rosalita" cleome.
Senorita Rosalita cleome

A bee drinking from an 'Indigo Spires' salvia blossom.
Bee and Indigo Spires salvia

Salvias and rock rose.
Salvia & rock rose

Salvia greggii.
White autumn sage

Mealy blue sage.
Mealy blue sage


Thanks as always to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

Words and photos © 2009-2010 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. That rain helped every thing, didn't it? Plants that I thought were not going to bloom this year suddenly just burst into color.

    One question, does the dwarf Pomegranite put on fruit?

  2. Your Salvia greggii is so lovely and prolific! My first try at it has disappeared. I do, however, share your happy trailing lantana and blackfoot daisies--so happy for last week's rain! Your rock rose/salvias combo is really pretty, too.

  3. Bob, yes, it puts on fruit -- small fruits with full-sized seeds that taste just like regular pomegranates.

    Iris, it makes my heart sing to see that white S. greggii looking so good after losing the cherry sage in the spring.

  4. those Morning Glories...and the Lantana is stunning!

  5. Goodness - That white S. greggii is happy! Quite spectacular.

  6. Your plants are looking amazingly healthy. they must have loved the recent rains. It is a surprise to see the pom in bloom. Does it always bloom at this time of year rather than the spring. If so, when do the poms ripen?

  7. This has been a VERY strange year in my garden. Normally well-behaved plants have bloomed early, late or not at all. Seemingly indestructible plants have died despite this year's rather moderate temperatures and regular rains. As for the dwarf pom, I fear I haven't given it a fair chance to show me what "normal" looks like. I got it two years ago, planted it in the ground, moved it twice, then it nearly died in last year's hard freezes. It did bloom last fall; there's a picture of a frozen pomegranate in a January post to prove it. I won't be moving it again, so maybe it'll bloom this spring as it should, provided Jack Frost doesn't deal it another near-fatal setback.

  8. I agree - your plants are all looking really healthy! The salvia greggii looks gorgeous. Mine are just starting to rebound after a very dry August. The cracks in the ground have finally healed, thankfully!

    Yesterday I swear I smelled a woodfire burning somewhere ... ahhh, autumn is in the air! The fall asters have started blooming and the copper canyon daisies look like they'll join in the show soon as well. Thanks for sharing your photos!