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Dahlia ‘Kingston Queen’ from Heronswood Garden, 2003


WE’VE ROUNDED THE CORNER INTO FALL, with every morning a little bit cool, crisp. A snap in the air, clear blue skies. Some flowers seem to really shine with the change in light. So here are some snapshots of what is blooming the first two weeks of September in my West Seattle garden.

A mammalaria cactus I bought more than 25 years ago blooms every summer and winters over in the coldframe.

Limonium latifolium and sedum ‘Autumn Joy’. Belongs in the category of “I didn’t plan that”.

Wispy, delicate gaura lindheimeri blooms all summer long and into fall.

Dahlia, variety unknown; came from my mom. I tend to favor the simpler flower forms.

‘Bill Wariner’ final flush of blooms on a clear blue, not quite fall, morning.

‘Dainty Bess’

Eucomis, know as Pineapple Lily

Beautiful, deep blue salvia guarantica

Sweet little fall blooming cyclamen

Amaryllis belladonna flower stalks just now shooting up!