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Garden Blogger Bloom Day: September 15th

Happy Garden Blogger Bloom Day Everyone! The 15th of every month is the day many garden bloggers show off what is blooming in their gardens. Here is what you can find out in my little plot of land today.

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I grew this Cup-and-Saucer vine from seed (Cobaea scandens). It is supposed to grow as a perennial in my mild winter climate. We shall see. I am also keeping my eye on it because I don’t want it to take over my entire wall! The blooms are very pretty. They change color from green to violet and then rose-purple as they open.

Here are a few other blooms in my garden today…

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Here is the blue salvia and red (plume type) celosia that line my front walkway. They look good together…especially when they co-mingle with the golden thyme I have growing there.
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I have white blooming Mandevilla growing in large pots on either side of my front porch. They are real show stoppers most of the year. But they require a lot of water to keep them in bloom during the hotter months. I’m thinking that putting them in the ground and mulching well would allow me to use less water.
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I love this Yves Piaget rose. It is new to my garden this year. The strong scent and scalloped petals make it so nice for flower arranging.
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Hanging baskets filled with fuchsias line my back patio right now. They grow really easily here and enjoy our cool evenings. But they are hard to grow as you move into the hotter inland areas. I never could grow them well until I moved here. Now, I do nothing and they look great! Trust me…it has nothing to do with my green thumb!

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.