A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Winding Down the Season

I was working on my plot today at Rutgers Gardens. Even though we are entering September, it still looks great.

The cleome is almost done, but looked so nice against the gorgeous blue sky.

The cosmos, initially "pruned" by hungry deer, is just beginning to bloom. Instead of rolled pink petals typical of Seashells cosmos, the blossoms are white.

The nasturtiums that had been looking very tired, have put out a second flush of flowers.

The Lime Green nicotiana has held up remarkably well, still looking as fresh as it did in June.

The Verbena bonariensis is past its prime, but still looking very nice.

I inadvertently violated the 3' (1m) height limitation with my cleome and cosmos, but the little sunflowers stayed at their promised 3' height.

The star of the plot right now is this Bright Lights cosmos. It's a single plant that was a volunteer from last year. Since this is supposed to be a cottage garden, I allowed it to grow, along with a couple of volunteer petunias and a whole bunch of Jewels of Opar that sneaked in from the Head Hatter's plot which is immediately adjacent to mine.

Along the edge of the parking lot at Holly House are some ornamental grasses. They are not labelled. They may even be volunteers from other beds. I took a lot of photos of them, but this one, where they are lit by the late afternoon sun, was particularly striking.


At 9:19 AM, Blogger Kerri said...

Your garden is still looking lovely. Nasturtiums puzzle me. They say don't plant them in good soil or you won't get many blossoms, just lots of leaves. Surely you must have decent soil there, yet you have plenty of blooms.
I keep forgetting to plant Cleome! It does look pretty against the blue sky.

At 1:34 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Kerri, that's strange because at home I planted nasturtiums in a strawberry pot using good potting soil and I got all foliage and almost no flowers!

At 1:28 AM, Blogger Sylvana said...

I think that the grass is feather reed grass - most likely of the "Karl Foerster" persuasion.

At 11:16 PM, Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

I'm with Sylvana on the feather reed grass ID. (Calamagrostis, if I'm typing the botanical name correctly.)

The rest of your garden looks gorgeous--I hope those verbena didn't hear you slandering them, because they look just wonderful to me. :)

Can I request a picture of your jewels of opar, and feedback on whether you're happy you kept them? I keep being tempted by them, but I have so many self-seeders already that I want to be SURE that I really want them before I buy seed... lol.


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