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A Soggy September Bloom Day

High 68F/20C
Low 54F/12C
Accumulated rainfall in 48 hours (September 12-14) 8.5 inches

After nearly three weeks with virtually no rain, the Chicago area is now literally deluged with it. According to reliable sources, September 13th was the wettest day in Chicago history, and this has been the wettest September and third wettest month on record. The Weather Channel is so obsessed with hurricanes, that they completely blew this one. That'll teach them not to ignore Chicago's weather! While the retention pond behind the garden got very high, my ridiculously well-drained soil saved the day. There were only four puddles on the entire property: three right along the driveway and one at the very back of the garden where the sump pump water leaves the property. And yes, it has finally stopped raining.

This bucket was empty on Friday when repairs to the fence had to stop on account of rain.

But enough about the rain. Here are the blooms.

New this month:
Actaea/Cimicifuga simplex 'James Compton'
Anemone x hybrida 'Andrea Atkinson' and 'Party Dress'
Colchicum 'The Giant'
Heptacodium miconiodes (Seven-son Flower)
Hosta lancifolia
Hylotelephium/Sedum 'Matrona' and 'Black Jack'
Symphyotrichum ericoides/Aster ericoides 'Snowflurry'
Symphyotrichum Novae Anglia/Aster 'Honeysong Pink'
Symphyotrichum Novae Anglia/ Aster 'Hella Lacy'
Symphyotrichum species (lateriflorus? ericoides?)
Solidago 'Fireworks'
Tricyrtis 'Gilt Edge'

Still blooming:
Aster species (from Heronswood)
Campanula 'Samantha'
Campanula 'Sarastro'
Campanula persicifoia 'Telham Blue'
Ceratostigma plubaginoides
Clematis 'Crystal Fountain'
Echinacea purpurea
Eurybia divaricatus/Aster divaricata
Geranium 'Rozanne'
Geranium nodosum 'Svelte Lilac'
Heuchera 'Rasberry Ice'
Hibiscus syriaca 'Red Heart'
Hosta plantaginea
Hydrangea 'Bailmer' (Endless Summer)
Lobelia x 'Monet Moment' and 'Sparkle DeVine'
Lobelia syphilitica
Tricyrtis Tojen
Phlox maculata
Phlox paniculata 'David,' 'David's Lavender,' 'Laura,' and 'Nicky'

Things in bud:
Clematis 'Cezanne'

Symphyotrichum leave var. purpuratum/Aster laevis 'Bluebird'

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is the baby of Carol of May Dreams Gardens, the hardest working woman in garden blogging.

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