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.
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.
I thought the daylilies were done but this beauty has made a return. Happy for me.
I have been admiring bright gaillardias for years and now I finally have some. They haven’t minded the drought very much.
‘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?