My adventure in Atlantic City has me all discombobulated, and I thought today was the 14th. I was nearly late for Bloom Day and probably will be late to pay the mortgage. So for the sake of verbal brevity let's get straight to the plants to avoid any late fee.
I will start with a couple of things things we saw last month. Have I mentioned how much I like Miss Huff Lantana (Lantana camara 'Miss Huff')?
Here she is again with my newest shrub purchase, a variegated Oleander (Nerium oleander 'Variegata').
Another star from this summer that has not stopped blooming is Cuphea x 'David Verity'.
The Heavenly Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor 'Heavenly Blue') pairs nicely with my River Star Home flag.
I do not have any luck with Hostas that I spend money on. Those that I have not paid for seem to do much better, including this unknown variety I am going to grow in a pot as a porch plant.
For someone who does not normally like white flowers, here is another one, Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora). On our trip north I noticed that this plant was slowing trying to smother the entire Delmarva Peninsula and parts of Jersey.
Yet another white flower, Chinese Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum macrocephalum).
A few years ago I fell in love with Roselle Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) at the Norfolk Botanic Gardens, though it was not the flowers I liked, but the buds. I finally got some seeds from Baker Creek and this is the result. Hurricane Irene tried to take it out and split the plant in two, but it thrives just the same.
Another purchase from Baker Creek was Red Malabar Spinach ( Basella rubra) which I will likely not eat, but I like the foliage and flowers. The big green leaf in this shot is not the Spinach, but Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera).
The next two pictures are also of D. bulbifera, before it was planted and in a pot going up the porch railing. It gets its common name because the potato-like bulbs actually grow above ground on the super fast vine. This plant is really a Yam and is on many warmer place's invasive species list, but our eventual cold weather will keep it strictly tender.
It is Goldenrod season, and this one is Fireworks (Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks').
We will end with some purples, a Liriope muscari that stood out in crowd of others with a stronger color than its peers, and ...
... one of my favorite native shrubs, American Beautyberry (Calicarpa americana).
There are other bloomers in my garden right now, but there are only so many hours in a day. If you would like to see what other bloggers have time to show, head on over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens where she is hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. She does this each month on the 15th and hopefully I won't be so rushed next time.