capabilities are slow to develop. Sounds
like a negative thing, doesn’t it? Well,
not if you are a plant! I cherish the
late bloomers in my garden. Like that
last burst of energy in spinning class when you know you only have to survive
for two more songs, late bloomers enhance our gardens with brilliant blooms and
color. A kind of ‘last hurrah’ before
the garden beings its decline in the fall.
I’m not alone in loving Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ in the late summer
garden. In fact, this anemone won the
ultimate of plant beauty contests, being named the Perennial Plant of the year
|Perennial Plant of the Year 2016 – Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’|
|A pink anemone with a backdrop of the long-blooming Phlox paniculata|
category. Adorned with white or pink
flowers, these part-shade plants add sparkle to the garden with
delicate blooms and red-veining on the back of the leaves that is magnificent
|Begonia grandis – backlit leaves with red veining|
While the large, tubular white flowers of Hosta plantaginea may not be
the most beautiful blooms you have ever seen, they are among the most fragrant.
Place them by the patio or an entryway so you can inhale their intoxicating
scent at every possible opportunity and appreciate the hummingbirds they are
likely to attract. Who needs perfume
when you have Hosta plantaginea blooming in August?
bloomer. Its plentiful white blooms and
rose-tinged stems provide a wonderful presence in the landscape.
|Abelia ‘Rose Creek’|
I hope you won’t look down on late bloomers as being something
disappointing or undesirable. Late
bloomers are to be cherished for extending the
interest and beauty of our gardens as we transition to autumn.
Thanks for continuing your insights of plants and language! I love this reformation of the word "Late Bloomer". I can speak with experience that some of the best parts of my life have come along late. I enjoy the beautiful photo's as well. Thanks for keeping your promise to blog. You give me pause for thought and I need that from time to time in my life.
Thanks so much for you kind words John. I'm glad you are enjoying my blog and appreciate your commitment to support my efforts as I continue to write!