September shall henceforth be known as Dahlia Days (or Daze) here at Coppertop. Dahlias and much else are featured in my Six today.
ONE — We’ll start today right at the front door. Welcome! I’m enjoying these pots of annuals with their vibrant gaura, coleus, and bacopa.
TWO — In the perennial beds, New England asters are about to burst into bloom. The stars of the garden right now are the graceful Japanese anemones which grow in clumps in various beds. Some blooms are singles and some are more ruffled. My white Honorine Jobert are settling in this first year at the front of the house and will bloom next year.
THREE — Down in the cutting beds, this dahlia, Fired Up, has returned strong this year. She also looks great mixed with pale yellow cactus dahlias and the multi-toned All That Jazz dahlia. Look closely and you’ll see we finally got a sprinkling of rain on the deck, but we need much, much more.
FOUR — Sadly, we are nearing the end of the 2018 Marionberry (blackberry) season. These gigantic berries are some of the last.
FIVE — In an effort to protect my favorite, new black and white Anemone coronaria bulbs from freezing, and since their foliage faded, I decided to dig the corms. Wow, have they beefed up this growing season! I’m so glad this is one plant that the voles don’t nibble on at all. I’ll store them and start in pots in time to get them into the garden in the spring. I’m STILL cutting the blue Mr. Fokker variety to bring indoors thanks to their super long blooming season.
SIX — The vegetable garden continues to produce like gangbusters. Harvesting, end-of-summer planting, and lots of clean up have kept me busy. I’ve got my eye on this giant Sweet Meat squash and four of his fellows. These are heirloom squash originating from Oregon and are purported to have the most delicious flesh and excellent keeping quality. I’m pleased with how well they’re doing in our cool climate.
Six on Saturday is a weekly group effort by garden bloggers from all over the globe hosted kindly by The Propagator from his corner of England. The comment section of his post contains links to gorgeous gardens. Visit, or join in!