Spring is the favorite season among the majority of those who enjoy gardening. I do not really have a favorite season though. Dormant pruning is perhaps my favorite chore, which happens in winter. Stone fruits, which are perhaps my favorite, ripen in summer. I so enjoy the foliar color of autumn. Well, it is still too early for autumn foliar color. In the meantime, the flowers of late summer are blooming. Compositae is the ruling family for a while. It is not too late for the last few roses. Japanese anemones, although locally rare, bloom also.

1. Sunflower should be the grand finale; but I could not get a sufficiently good picture, without the utility cables above and the sun in the background. Nonetheless, it exemplifies late summer.

2. Rose is the one flower of these six that has been blooming all summer, so is not actually limited to late summer. It is a cheap carpet rose, which I loathe, but happens to provide pretty color.

3. Chrysanthemum landed in the landscapes after getting left behind from an event. It was formerly a fancy ‘potted mum’. Now, it is unrefined and rustic, but blooms reliably for late summer.

4. Marigold is one of many annual bedding plants that I can not figure out. Is it a warm season annual that really could bloom all summer, or is it actually limited to late summer and autumn?

5. Marigold exhibits a limited color range of yellow, orange, rusty red, almost brown and very pale yellow that is described as white. We got only yellow, as seen above, and this simple orange.

6. Anemone, or more specifically, Japanese anemone, is a rather mundane pale pink. I would prefer it to be either clear white or a more blatant pink. I like it though, because it is what we got.

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11 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Late Summer Flowers

    1. No way! So, it is not totally crazy to enjoy autumn?! I am a Californian, and we are famously fond of ‘good’ weather. Yet, as a Californian, I had always wanted to experience ‘real’ weather, and have always appreciated autumn foliar color. Actually, Boston ivy is already changing color here. It is always very early.

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  1. Here, marigolds (Tagetes sp) are most definitely warm season annuals that bloom non-stop from late May (if started indoors in late March) through to frost, mid October. What I’ve found interesting with mine, this year, is how readily new plants have sprung up from dead-headed seedheads, and have themselves been flowering for a while now. I really like them, in all their colour variations.

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    1. Yes, they grow easily from seed, like sunflowers. I remember growing them from seed when I was a kid, but I also remember that I started them so late that they did nothing or bloomed with only a single flower before wintry weather ended their season. (It was fun anyway.) Winter is mundane here, but it is enough to interfere with bloom.

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    1. It was a pretty flower though. No one knows where it came from, but now that so many saw it blooming on the side of the road like that, some have suggested that we grow more next year.


    1. Goodness, I still feel guilty that the Tecoma stans seed did not survive! I was so intent on growing them. Well, someday, I intend to grow it.
      Carpet roses are too common in the so-called ‘landscape’ industry. Not only are they cheap and common, but they are overrated. There are so many more interesting flowering shrubbery to grow, that unskilled mow, blow and go ‘gardeners’ can actually maintain somewhat properly.


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