September Flowers

It is so nice to still have a yard full of flowers, especially after a vacation in the North where leaves were beginning to fall. Of course, the temperatures are in the 90s, but one can’t have it all. The Zinnias, that decided a better place to grow was in the driveway bed, are putting on a nice display over hot concrete.

I thinned out and cut back the Cardinal Flowers early in the season and they are putting on a very controlled presentation attracting the migrating hummingbirds.

The Amberique Bean I mentioned in a previous post as running amok is flowering like crazy. The tiny flowers are so sweet and make a good substitute for Sweet Peas that do not like our climate.

The Mexican Sunflowers or Tithonia have skyrocketed and are taller than me. This was the only flower I could photograph.

The Abelmoschus moschatus is an odd plant that blooms on and off all summer. It is related to hibiscus and each flower lasts for just one day. I have been trying to get a good grouping so it will look as if it is always blooming. I do have many more flowers in bloom, these are a few that caught my eye.

22 Comments on “September Flowers”

  1. shoreacres says:

    You don’t have to visit the dunes; you have Amberique bean in your garden! That’s one adaptable plant. I envy your Cardinal flower. I looked and looked in the place at San Bernard where I found it last year, but there’s no evidence of it. I suspect the drought. The zinnias always remind me of my grandmother’s gardens; they were one of her favorite cutting flowers.

  2. I’ve only seen cardinal flowers in the wild. This is the first time I’ve heard of someone tending any. Are you aware of other people who cultivate them?

  3. Such pretty flowers. Lucky you! My garden is down to Autumn Joy sedum and some white phlox at this stage. But the hydrangea have turned light green or pink now and are lovely.

  4. Misti says:

    That’s the downside to the tithonia, you can’t ever get a good photo! I lost my large plant, it was 13′ tall, but I have another one that is trying to replace it, though probably won’t reach the same height. Love the photos!

  5. susurrus says:

    Abelmoschus moschatus is a new one to me. It reminds me of one of our politicians, except unlike the politician, it makes me smile.

  6. The zinnias are looking good! They finally picked their spot. Do you think the butterflies like the Tithonia better than zinnias?

  7. Deb says:

    Love zinnias, hardy plants they are. Enjoyed seeing what’s still growing in your yard.

  8. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see what grows in your garden in early autumn. The tall Tithonia must be like landing pads for the butterflies etc. The last flower is gorgeous – such a pretty shade of pink. 😃

  9. Anonymous says:

    After rain in the north our flowers have come alive.

  10. gaiainaction says:

    Absolutely very beautiful flowers! Autumn can still give us lovely flowers and colours, yours are amazing!

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