Saturday, September 4, 2010

the last show

The garden is preparing to 'close' for the season, but seems to insist on putting on one last big show before she does.  Most of the perennials have produced their blossoms and seeds and are pretty much done for 2010.  But a few reserve their best performance for late in the season.  The photographs I am sharing are all of perennials except for the first which is of flashy pink petunias, some of which look like dancers from the Follies Bergeres twirling their skirts in a tantalizing late show.


A close-up of a wasp and a bee on sedum.  The sedum is not actually this pale.  I edited this photo to give it a more romantic feel.  There is an unedited pic of sedum below, where you will see its true colours.

My black knight delphiniums have produced a second series of blooms.  I love the mix of blues, purples, mauves and blacks.

More sedum appearing with its true colours.  These florets will darken into a burgundy during the next month.  They certainly attract the bees/wasps!

This pink cone-flower (echinacea) is always a show-stopper!

This delphinium bloom fell to the ground.  I placed it on the bird bath to photograph it.  Although it appears large here, it is barely an inch across and has seen better days. 

Cleomes emerge from the ground late in the season - appearing wherever they self-seeded from the year before.  Because they emerge from self-sown seeds they appear wildly and randomly throughout the flower bed and are always at risk of being mistaken for a weed - pulled and tossed away.  We usually manage to have 7 or 8 appear late in August.  I love the intricacies of the blossom.  The plant stands about 5 feet high and the blooms span 9 to 10 inches.

Ah, the ever-reliable and showy hydrangeas.  They dry beautifully and can make a dramatic autumn arrangement of greens and tans, or other varieties produce pinks and tans when dried.  I place several in a huge vase and the arrangement must be at least 4 feet in diameter.  By Christmas I toss it, as dried flowers just become dust collectors.

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  1. These close ups of summers last flowers are wonderful and have inspired me to take my camera out to take some of my perennials today. I only wish I could grow hydrangeas! Thanks for sharing so much insight in your writings.

  2. Your flower photos are Dreamy, Bonnie! The dancing Petunia, the arching Delphinium and the fallen Delphinium were my favorites, but all were a pleasure to see!

  3. Bonnie, your flowers are gorgeous.. the photos fantastic. Just beautiful.

  4. I've been looking round the garden too; there is a surprising amount of colour still left.
    Autumn splendour is about to start.

  5. Lovely photos, Bonnie. I especially love the image of the delphinium blossom -- it's like a wonderful abstract painting, beautifully accentuated by the darks. What a wonderful garden you live in!

  6. Oh Bonnie, there are beautiful. I've never been able to grow hydrangeas. Other do just fine but mine have always died. I saw them in the floral dept of the grocery store yesterday and the had yellow ones. Never heard of yellow (pale) ones but there they were. the petunia pic is wonderful. I've put in cleomes before but they bloom spring/early summer here but never reseeded for me.

  7. Such beautiful colors in your garden Bonnie!


    My husband has started to clear out the thick over growth in our garden. And yet there is still color and scent and delight spattered about. I could smell and feel your blossoms like I was really touching them . so beautiful and so life giving. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    Love Gail
    peace and hope.....

  9. Thanks for making me smile this morning while viewing all the beautiful photos of flowers! That certainly made my morning!

  10. Oh, always, your photography is SPECTACULAR!!!! I'm in total and complete awe!!! I don't even know where to begin!! I love them all!! I can't believe how crisp these are!! Those photos of the bees are incredible!!! So amazing! Love it all!! While I've been away, I've truly missed visiting here...just so wonderful to be back!! Sending you much love, Janine XO

  11. What a lovely garden you have! I don't have a clear sense of the size of your property, but you always come up with such varied photographs and so many varieties of flowers that it seems immense to me - and oh so rich! :-)

  12. i would say their last hurrah was a most beautiful encore...smiles. gorgeous pics bonnie...esp the ones where you capture the bees as well...taking one last sip...

  13. Hi Bonnie, beautiful flowers and fine photography...

    Happy days

  14. Ms. Bonnie- these just took my breath away, now I can't breathe- gasp! All of them!!!!

  15. Gasp! A psychedelic pageant!
    All the more incredible and precious for being late Canadian Summer. Thank you for sharing this glory (and your own)

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

  16. You've done a beautiful job with the light in these photos, which enhances the beauty of the flowers. I love the delphinium too.

    Cleome! Don and I were at a restaurant where these were outside the window, and we could not remember the name. If I forget again by the time he wakes up, I'll come back and check. :)

    I do love September's ebullience.

  17. Oh such beautiful photos! The flowers are fabulous!!
    Thanks for sharing them!

  18. What a glorious bouquet! Thanks.

  19. Unbelievable photos.
    Just lovely.


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