What’s Blooming!

Man, what a week.  I got in after midnight Monday night.  So, I guess that was actually Tuesday morning?  Anyway, jet lag kicked my ass.  Not to mention that I was running John’s business *and* trying to work my job.  Obviously, I had to cut my hours at my job this week to do this.  Then, just as I was feeling better – I stayed up way too late to watch the Broncos on Thursday night.  At least they won. :mrgreen:  I can’t wait for John to get back Saturday night!!

The garden is winding down.  I need to get some mums.  I used to have some in the garden, but they did not come back this year.


Lots of cheerful black-eyed Susans still.


In several places:



My lone tiki torch:


The knockout rose keeps plugging along.  This is such a prolific bloomer all season.


These plants are flowering tobacco.  For the last couple years, I struggled to grow these from seed and ended up with 1 single bloom last year.  All that trouble and it looks like it reseeded itself and these sprung up seemingly overnight.  I think these are too late growing to bloom this year, but I will leave them just in case.  Normally I pull anything up that is right by the path, but what the heck?


The wishbone flowers.  These are very sweet and just terrific bloomers all season, happy annuals that they are.


Lirope is blooming now.  This is such a tough little plant.  These are old, too. I have had them probably 4 or 5 years now?


And the other fall favorite – the Autumn Joy Sedum.


This is still pretty light in color, but it’s early yet.

No sighting of the momma and kittens since before I left for Vegas. That doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t there; I just haven’t seen them, but hopefully someone scooped them up.

We have a nice Saturday on tap in the mid 70s and I am going to go for an ice cream ride since the shops will all be closing soon for the season. Fall is in the air!


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10 thoughts on “What’s Blooming!

  1. Helen

    We have a gas meter right smack on the front of our house. I keep trying plants to cover it. This year I bought a knock out rose and I can already tell it’s going to be the winner! It just blooms and blooms and I know eventually it will grow big enough to hide that ugly thing.

    I bought a sedum our first year here and put it in a pot. The second year it didn’t look so good, so I asked my neighbor who was looking for plantings for her front yard if she wanted it. She was delighted and now I am too because every day I get to see it – it has grown huge and beautiful.

    Hope your temps are OK for a bike ride tomorrow. We have friends driving up from Maryland tonight who want to go to the beach tomorrow. I told them to bring jackets LOL!
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    1. Lori Post author

      You can’t lose with the knockout. Prune it back heavily in the very early spring – it will grow much better and you can control the shape better. I still struggle with pruning enough.

  2. Shelley B

    We’ve had purple lirope along the walkway to our front door ever since we’ve lived here (13 years) but it’s not looked good the last year or so. I guess it’s time to dig it up and start fresh?

    Sounds like it’s been a tough week – hope you can get a wonderful bike ride in, and hey, if it happens to cross paths with an ice cream shop, all the better! 😉
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    1. Lori Post author

      If the lirope is dead in the center, you can dig it up and cut away all the dead stuff. The replant the pieces.

      Ice cream is for sure on the list today! I am making it cross my path 😀

  3. debby

    I like that lirope a lot–I’ll have to look for them.

    I have my first ever (I think) coneflower blooming. All the others the dogs ate them before they had a chance to bloom! I think they’ll do better next year.

    Saturday sounds like it will be a nice reward for this hard week that you’ve had!
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    1. Lori Post author

      I got this liriope on the clearance rack at Lowe’s. There were $1 a pot and I bought 10 of them thinking it wouldn’t matter if they didn’t make it. Well, they surprised me! I have half white and half purple.

  4. Sharon

    I’m Saturday night reading this so hopefully John is back safe and sound. Do you fly in and out of Albany and did you have to drive home after arriving at midnight? Bummer! Perhaps next week you should let John do his job AND yours for a couple of days. LOL!
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  5. Fran

    Garden still looks lovely.

    Somehow my life is easier when R. is away a couple of days, but we don’t have a business at home, that sure makes a difference. Hope John got home safe.

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