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September Gold

Goldenrod

September gold fills my garden at this time of the year. I have whole fields of goldenrod. It’s a good thing that goldenrod is not responsible for allergies. “One of the most colorful plants we see blooming in roadside ditches and gardens in late summer is goldenrod (Solidago sp.). Hay fever symptoms seem to be worse when it is in bloom so it often accused of causing hay fever. One look at goldenrod and a little logical thinking clearly eliminates it as a suspect. The many, small, bright yellow flowers on long cluster on the top of the plants are often covered with butterflies and bees taking advantage of the abundance of nectar. The brightly colored flowers are important to attract color-sensitive insects required for pollination. Fact #3: Goldenrod is insect-pollinated. The pollen grains are relatively large, heavier than air and intended to be carried off by bees, butterflies and other pollinators.” For more about goldenrod and allergies  click here and give thanks to the University of Iowa Extension.

Tansy

My field is also full of tansy. Very pretty. Nice in bouquets. NEVER PLANT IT! It propogates by strong runners AND by seed. You will never get rid of it.

Happy Returns daylily

I thought the daylilies were done but this beauty has made a return. Happy for me.

Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'

I have been admiring bright gaillardias for years and now I finally have  some. They haven’t minded the drought very much.

Gaillardia 'Oranges and Lemons'

‘Oranges and Lemons’ bloomed slightly earlier and less robustly than ‘Arizona Sun.”  I like the gentler shades as well as the vibrant shades of gold.

Does your garden have any gold at this time of the year?

 

3 comments to September Gold

  • I also want Gaillardias but haven’t made the plunge yet. I love it when the goldenrods and asters are blooming – we’re right on the cusp here.

  • Pat

    Jason – I’m waiting for my one clump of asters to begin blooming.

  • Fields of Goldenrod, how beautiful! I don’t have any Goldenrod…yet, you are talking me into it! Thanks for the tip on not planting tansy, it’s good to know these things. My garden is white at this time with Moon Flower and Butterfly Ginger Lily with some Canna Plant and Elephant Ear blooming that bring in some yellow and red.

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