grow, marvel, eat, laugh, persevere

Saturday, September 15, 2007

September Bloom Day

I wonder just how many Bloom Days we could use these fabulous tomato blooms. They are so cute up close and I love the way you can see the little hairs on the stem in the photos. By far, the tomato remains my favorite thing in the garden, even beating out all the flowers. I love how they leave that interesting tomato scent on me when I brush by them or harvest them. Before I started gardening, I just liked eating them but they continue to give me more reasons to love them.
As you can see, the Zinnia and the Cleome still look great. I noticed some seeds from the white Cleome that I tried to transplant (RIP white cleome) and when I saw where the seeds came from I realized I have the potential for zillions of Cleome seeds. I hope they pop up again next spring.
Here is the Bright Lights Cosmos that I transplanted along with the now dead Cleome. It's still doing okay but it has fallen over. I still just love this attention getting bright color.
My beloved Pink Hedge Roses are still looking awesome! I did notice that the ones down by the gate have some spots on the leaves and way less blooms.
I wanted to include a picture of this purple fountain grass because I still can't believe I only paid a dollar for it. It's bigger than the Spirea now! I'll look for this again next year but I'll make sure to put it toward the back of the bed and give it plenty of room.
Here is my surprise discovery of the day. It actually made me gasp! It's Morning Glory coming over the fence! I did not plant this stuff so I'm guessing it's in my neighbors garden. God Bless those ladies! Finding this has caused me to start thinking of how other people can accidentally enjoy my garden. While thinking of landscaping the front of my house I've also been faced with what to do with the side of the house that faces the morning glory ladies' house. I've always thought there was no need to plant stuff over there because I NEVER have the occasion to be on that side of the house. There is no entry to the back yard from that side, and the only window on that side of the house is the Mr. W's studio which I never go in. But while investigating the surprise Morning Glory, I realized that the morning glory ladies' kitchen window has a horrible view of the side of my house. And then it occurred to me - THAT IS A REASON TO PLANT BEAUTIFUL STUFF THERE! Even if I can't enjoy it on a regular basis, they can! Imagine how happy that should make them for me, the troglodyte neighbor, to plant a beautiful garden just for them to enjoy while they dine or cook in their kitchen! I know what you're thinking, "Gina Rocks!" HA!


  1. Yes, that's what I was thinking. Gina rocks and so do her flowers! Your neighbors will be so happy with you if you plant something on the side of your house that they have to look at.

    Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens

  2. Yep, Gina Rocks! We need Gina Rocks day!

  3. Your flowers look beautiful and yes, I'm sure you'll have tons of cleome coming up next year. Just don't yank them out thinking they are little weeds.

    What a wonderful idea to plant a garden for the neighbors. They will really appreciate that. I know I would. We always try to make the front of the house (we have no one on either side)look pleasing for the office workers who take a lunch time stroll. They have told us many times how much they like our gardens.

    I agree, there is nothing like the smell of tomato foliage - it has a warm, homey feeling to it.

  4. Your flowers look great, especially your roses! I had never even heard of Cleome before today.

  5. A lovely idea to plant something for your neighbors to look at! And it looks like you may have volunteer Morning Glories next year, if those flowers are on YOUR side of the fence..they are prolific re-seeders. That one is very looks like one I have in my garden.

  6. Rock on, Gina. It's very thoughtful of you to think of the neighbors view out their window.

    Your roses look really pretty and the Cleome is fabulous.

  7. Your Cleome and Zinnia are looking great. I hope you get lots of seeds.

    I like the idea of planting some flowers for the enjoyment of your neighbours!

  8. What a lovely photo of the tomato blossom, Gina--makes us stop and appreciate these little darlings all the more.
    I like your fence just fine, although the morning glory on it looks even more wonderful!

  9. Wow, look at that morning glory! I always say it looks like MGs have LED lights hidden inside them.

    I'm SO far behind on visiting blogs and I can see I have LOTS to read here! I'll get through them all in the next few days. I don't want to miss anything!