Final plant flourish

mantis__ohSeptember 30, 2012

After a beastly summer, temps in the 60s and 70s are producing a final flourish.

ANENOMES (Honorine Jobert and Bressingham Glow) are about at peak now.

CELOSIA have mammoth heads:

BROWALLIA love the cooler weather:

My dog poses with a pot of begonias:

Lush foliage at end of September:

A butterfly visiting the lingering flower of a butterfly bush is outlined against a Mother of Pearl rose:

One of a late flush of Ronald Reagan:

Does anyone know the name of this dahlia?

Massive Sparticus:

Thomas Edison:

Some hastily cut:

Red Hat:

The blooms of canna Pink Sunburst (a wonderful plant for

pots) linger in the cooler weather:

Heavy geranium blossoms spill out:

Reds (Rouge Royale) are so much more intense in the cool fall:

One could go on and on, but the days are limited.

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Those are all beautiful,the colors are so bright and vibrant,and your picture taking ain't too shabby either.Love them all.TFS

We've had such a hot summer this year in S.Calif that nothing looks as good as usual.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 6:23PM
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Lovely pictures!!! Your dog looks like he has a touch of English: "We are NOT amused" lol! Gorgeous butterfly shot! My poor neglected dahlias are finally getting blooms!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 9:36PM
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Yes, Loper does have an English sobriety in this photo.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 10:45PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Loper is adorable! How is he in the gardens? Do you have to protect anything?

What is the name of that celosia? Did you start it from seed, or buy plants? Are those tropicals in pots that you bring in? Such nice foliage in that photo.

Those anemonies are outstanding! Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 5:29PM
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In the foliage pic, there are Rex begonias that are purchased as annuals, there are coleus, there is colocasia California (which is stored over winter), and there are dracena that are stored over winter. Loper wanders around the garden without any events; he occasionally gets excited by a squirrel. The celosia was self-sewn. Years ago, I had some New Look and this is what has resulted (much larger).

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 7:02PM
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Love anenomes. Your dahlias are spectacular, roses, and the rest too.

Loper, too cute.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 7:47PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Beautiful!!! Really enjoyed your pics. And your dog looks so sweet, what a cutie!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 9:05AM
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Correction: the upright elephant ears is alocasia macrorrhiza. It is a dramatic background plant that is easy to grow.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 9:52AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Gorgeous, I especially love the pic with the red geraniums spilling out of the white pickets and pup is a real cutie.


    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 1:22PM
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Absolutely beautiful! and yes your little Loper is definitely making a face lol.
thanks for sharing
:) Laura

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 3:52PM
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chickadee_42us(8a Tx)

I love the foliage picture. You certainly have a lot of color showing - congratulations. Great fertilizing???

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 12:26PM
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I don't know how I missed this. Lovely blooms, Mantis. Everything looks beautiful. I especially love the Zebra Swallowtail picture. that is one butterfly that I very rarely see in my yard. Excellent photo. The dahlias are beautiful.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 8:58PM
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Love your pup! Quite a handsome fellow!! I want to ask if you support your dahlias? If so, with what. I have no idea how to support the monsters that grow in my garden. Maybe I should be pinching mine back so they don`t get so big. Your plants are just lovely and I enjoyed the tour! Lesley

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 1:47PM
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Lesley: I am not an expert in growing dahlias, but I do pinch the first shoot or two of each plant to get more bushiness; and yes, I do use pole stakes or tomato cages and then tie a light twine around them as they grow. Some people use rebar as a stake. I do find the staking to be more work than I prefer, but dahlias provide such a great September show. I'm sure you will get more experienced advice on the dahlia forum.

Thanks for your comments, Kay. Indeed, Loper thanks everyone for commenting.

The only fertilizer I use on the pots is Miracle Gro. Pots, of course, have to be watered almost daily.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:24PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Oh my gosh. So many flowers at this time of year! I'm jealous.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 4:42PM
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