Everyone loves something new in the garden—even our crazy puppy Tralee.  She’s checking out the spider flower blooms, photographed here on the 2nd day of September.   They make a splendid show adding great red color along the path in my green woods. 

 I like the fact that Lycoris radiata blubs don’t need their own bed.  They rise out of other plants, bloom their heads off and go away.   I’ll admit it all happens rather quickly.  Still, I wouldn’t be without this shade loving gem that brings some spark to the September garden. 

The new Terra Ceia Farms Catalog arrived last week and they are offering 15 radiata bulbs for $24.60—a bargain in my book and just the right number to make an impact. 

The hardy cyclamen has a much longer season of interest in my Apex woods—often sending up a few blooms on the hottest, driest days of August.  But September is really this plants’ season—bringing nice bunches of delicate pink flowers.   Cyclamen hederifolium flourishes in the hard, parched ground at the base of oak trees where nothing else will grow.  After flowers, fresh-looking, green leaves appear and hang around all winter.  Then the plants go dormant before blooming again next summer and fall. 

Don’t confuse Cyclamen herderifolium with the florist cyclamen—a greenhouse plant that always dies in my dinning room window.   Hardy cyclamens are anything but fussy.  Just plant and leave them alone. 

Across the backyard from the cyclamen, the first of my Japanese anemones just started to bloom. These late-flowering perennials enjoy a very un-cyclamen like environment– soft soil, moisture and part shade.   I grow them near the hydrangeas on the North side of the garage. 

Can’t find the tag on the double variety photographed above, but I remember the word robustus in the Latin name.  It is robust and I have shared the plant again and again. 

My favorite anemone will bloom later this month.  September Charm is a light pink single variety that looks great in the beds and a vase.    It’s in bud now.  I’ll post a photo when this lovely plant blooms.   Meantime— it’s something else to anticipate.   Change in the garden is good.

And speaking of change—Blog partner Melissa is looking forward to the end of a huge work project.  She’s on the west coast for the launch that has dominated her life almost 24/7 recently.  (Don’t you just hate it when work gets in the way?)

 Melissa promises to be back home and blogging again soon with renewed vigor.   Nothing like a trip out West to make her miss her Raleigh garden and her Southern Roots.    

I miss her too.  Maybe a group Weed-A-Thon when she returns.

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