Thursday, September 14, 2017

GBBD: September Annuals



Despite the fact that it's already the mid-September, the weather is nice. The days are still warm enough, often even sunny and rains have become rare.  Autumn pleases with warmth, the summer was cold and rainy. My annuals continue blooming, they perfectly tolerate cool nights and warm days.
Now annual Asters (Callistephus) blossom decorating beds with their colorful heads, constantly new buds appear. I think this will last until the end of September.


Since May I started planting seeds of annual flowers in small pots. At first they stood in the greenhouse and when it became warmer I moved them on the shelf in the garden. So the annuals and cuttings grew and later were planted in the soil.


I love Cineraria maritime, its silvery leaves suit well to the flowers. Therefore, I sowed the Cineraria seeds and have had seedlings on the windowsill. Then I transported the grown seedlings into the garden.


Annual dahlias from seed usually grow quickly and bloom with pleasant flowers. They can withstand a little frost so I believe that they will grow until October. Other dahlias that tubers I store in winter have a few flowers. Perhaps  it's time to finish with them.


Generally Monarda (Bee balm or Wild bergamot) is a perennial plant but it can be damaged by winter frost. I'd sown a few seeds of Monarda in spring, hopefully it survive next winter. I picked up its leaves to make bergamot tea (natural herbs)



Some asters and nasturtiums grow between hostas, nice combination.


I love the smell of nasturtium, its flowers, leaves and even the seeds smell very nicely and by the way they are edible (BBC cooking). Seeds of nasturtium rapidly germinate and usually there are no problems with plants, except snails and slugs. This year I have nasturtium of cream and orange colors.


Of course the autumn is here and it can be noticed everywhere: falling yellow birch leaves in the pond and on the lawn, faded asters and ripen fruit on the plum tree.

 
Autumnal work gets now as well. I re-made the pond bed, it's narrower and higher now. The yellow striped hostas are planted along the edge. As there is some empty spot I bought tulip and muscary bulbs and will dig them in there.


Do you like to grow annuals from seeds or do you prefer to buy seedlings in a garden center? What are your autumnal works?

40 comments:

  1. Tienes mucho arte para las planta Nadezda ,se te dan de maravilla están preciosa y aguantaran un mes más. Nuestro trabajo para el otoño es recoger todo lo del huerto que ya no está dando casi nada. Hay que guardar todo el sistema del goteo para la primavera,quer sirve de un año para otro.
    Buena noche amiga.
    Besos.

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    1. Recuerdo tu sistema del goteo, Laura. Paco lo hizo muy bien.
      Buen fin de semana amiga!

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  2. Dearest Nadezda,

    Your photos are gorgeous and have brought me much joy today! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  3. I think I will grow some asters. I never think of them somehow and so I am glad you mentioned them.

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    1. Jenny you mentioned the amazing castle in your post, I'm interested in very much, thank you!

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  4. I grow lots of annual seeds. I should be sowing some this month but circumstances may prevent this.

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    1. We have yet time to sow Sue. Hopefully October is warm enough to sow seeds.

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  5. Muy bonitas las flores. Suelo plantar semilla, pero también compro plantas. En otoño hay que podar y limpiar el jardín, esta todo fatal. Besitos.

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    1. Tienes razon Teresa, hay mucho que hacer en otoño. Yo voy a plantar los tulipanes.

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  6. I remember when you transported these seedlings in your car. How wonderful to see your babies bloom! I don't plant many annuals but always start tuberous begonias. Some annual seeds can be planted directly in the soil here but I sometimes buy petunia and salpiglossis plants because they are inexpensive. Our winters are mild enough to have annuals like pansies/violas and ornamental cabbage and kale brighten the short and cold days. Beautiful flowers Nadezda!

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    1. You're lucky Peter, having garden in 8 zone. I'd love to leave some tubers and plant seed directly in the soil here too. Ornamental cabbage is so pretty I should grow it sometimes.

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  7. Your photos look so sunny and bright with all the annuals blooming. I also sow annuals but this year it was food for the bunnies. Over here autumn is already there far too early, we have stormy weather and heavy rainfall for days and days. The garden looks so poor now.

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    1. I agree Janneke the flowers look sad under the rain especially if it's raining for days.
      Have a warm and dry weekend!

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  8. Nadezda, your flowers are beautiful! your whole garden always looks stunning!

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  9. Oh how beautiful flowers. Here we have already in autumn, and water is raining constantly.Greetings

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    1. Autumn is here too Anne. I'd love more warm sunny days as well.

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  10. Wonderful garden! Lovely flowers!:))
    Kisses:)

    xxBasia

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  11. En otoño los asters dan luz y color al jardín, me encantan!
    Abrazos

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    1. Asi es Tania. Y por eso yo les siembro en primavera.

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  12. Your flowers are beautiful. :-) I have grown annuals from seed, but in the past couple of years, I've bought plants so they can get up and running because our growing season is short. I bought a Bee Balm this year and hope it makes it through the winter too. Fall chores are in full swing here. I have to bring in everything that went out in the spring or it will be buried under feet of snow. I've also been moving plants around. I just never seem to get it right, but I guess that is why gardening is not something that is every done. :-)

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    1. I agree Judy, gardening is very special thing:-)I made a new pond bed design and am planning moving plants as well. Looking at a plant I guess where it will grow best :-)
      I collect seed from annuals now although some of them don't ripen.

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  13. I was glad to read that dahlias grow quickly from seed. I haven't tried them.

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    1. These are annual dahlias, they have no tubers big enough and their storage is hard. If you buy seeds and grow them you will have new annual dahlias seed.

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  14. Надежда ,прекрасный осенний сад.Красивые георгины.
    Люблю однолетники,выращиваю.Конечно проще посадить многолетники,,они тоже есть.
    Сейчас пересаживаю лилии,,разрослись,делю.Нарцисы,тюльпаны,ирисы ждут посадки...

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    1. Я уже посадила луковичные, Надежда. Погода холодает и частые дожди. Лилии в этом году не трогаю, нет времени.
      Удачной недели!

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  15. Nadezda, your autumn garden looks great !!
    Nice to see all these beautiful flowers !!
    Greetings

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  16. Your garden still looks so beautifuly. So many gorgeous flowers, so many amazing colours. I am always happy when you add a new post.:)
    Very happy days for you. :)

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  17. Your autumn weather is fabulous! The plants flower on and on. I like you grow dahlias from seed. I have never tried this before. I also never seen seeds for sale. I keep that in mind for next year. Groetjes,
    Hetty

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    1. Hetty, dahlias from seed is easy to grow. Read here:http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow-dahlias-from-seed2/
      I sow them in april and plant seedlings in may, but you could do earlier, depends on your weather.
      Happy new week!

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  18. I encourage you to keep your tuber dahlias for another year. They might surprise you! Mine weren't any good last year either but is year are giving real bliss!
    I have lot of work to do in my garden - plant some new shrubs and perennials, rake leaves, lift dahlias ... the list seems endless! Hopefully there will be a long wrm autumn and plenty of time for everything!

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    1. I do hope to the warm autumn Tistou. Thanks for your advice, I will lift and store dahlia tubers, I think they matured well and only wait for first frost.

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  19. I really enjoyed visiting your very nice blog!!! Your garden looks amazing in those pictures. Beautiful and so colorful flowers!!
    Henry

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    1. Thank you Henry for stopping by, I'm pleased you like reading my blog.
      What is yours? Have a nice day!

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  20. You have a great selection of annuals and I am pleasantly surprised that Monarda sown in Spring flowered this year. I used to grow a lot of annuals from seed, these days I tend to buy plug plants.

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  21. Your annuals are all so pretty Nadezda and add so much color and interest to your late summer garden. I love how you have grown them from seed and so successful!

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