Friday, September 12, 2008


The cooler morning temperatures are having a positive effect on my garden. In some areas plants that were at their peak in the spring are coming back into flower. Zephirine Drouhin is offering up a few flowers with their delicious fragrance.

In the sunken garden the blanket flowers are coming back to life along with the white Alyssum.

Plains coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) have reseeded in among the Blackfoot daisies, (Melampodium leucanthemum).

The Cross vine  (Bignonia capreolata) is also sending out new blooms.
This is one plant I am having difficulty with. This Texas sunflower seeded in my herb garden and grew to be 6' tall whilst we were gone. How can I pull it out when the goldfinches invade the garden in the evening to feed on the seeds and it makes for a splendid vase of cut flowers for the house.We may even have bluebonnets for Christmas judging by these which started growing in an empty bowl.


  1. I agree, it's hard to pull out a plant that the birds like and that provides beautiful cut flowers. Will it self sow all over?

    Your garden looks very spring-like.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  2. Very nice! Soon, we will have our second spring here, when the weather cools and the plants and flowers put out new growth. It's my favorite time of year, almost more than spring.

  3. Oh, I have the same dilemma with the native sunflowers, and it's even worse when they tip over while they're still blooming like crazy. But this year I had to rescue the plants underneath, and hacked a couple of them down with a tree lopper, leaving one for seed. I'm thinking that I'm going to be sneaky and throw the seeds in a sunny clearing right behind my lot line in the hopes that next year I get the flowers but not the angst!

  4. I would love to have some seeds from a wild sunflower like that, but they just don't grow here in North Carolina