I can smell the September flowers

The September cycle of roses has arrived.

The September cycle of roses has arrived.

It’s a good day to step out and appreciate what I’ve got here with my dear wife Karen in our home in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Syracuse.

In the hourglass front-yard garden, the roses are celebrating September with another cycle of blossoms.

Pink and white, side by side.

The violet peeking out belongs to a succulent.

Out back, spreading purple Polish Spirit.

Out back, spreading purple Polish Spirit.

In the backyard butterfly garden, meanwhile, one of this summer’s new additions is making a late-season burst.

Karen purchased through mail order this spring a clematis because she was drawn, in part, by its more familiar name: Polish Spirit. And now the purple spreader appears to be feeling more at home along the border fence and with its neighboring plants.

Short, stocky and sturdy.

Short, stocky and sturdy.

One of those good neighbors is the shortest, widest of our four butterfly bushes. While I’ve given plenty of photo time to its three more statuesque cousins, this solid specimen is still plentifully adorned in its blossoms, fully deserving of its day in the blog spotlight.

What’s coming out in September in the gardens of your hometown? Are there any plants or flowers named after your ethnic heritage? What are your favorite things about this month?

42 thoughts on “I can smell the September flowers

  1. I love the Spring, Easter time, a time of new hope. September for me is ‘goodbye’. The summer ends and my children return to school or leave for college. It will also be forever linked to the death of my friends young boy Daniel.
    However, despite all that, as someone who loves gardening, I love the surprise that is September. Many gardens fade away, but September flowers have actually so much to offer.
    Maybe in a few years time when we all move on from our current sadness, September can be something different.
    I loved your positivity in this post.

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    • I hope you can reclaim September as something more positive in your life, too, Tric. It is tough when the kids are going away, with the memory of the loss of your friends’ dear Daniel, I am sure. The years, they do march by, though. My little girl, she’s 24 and out of college three years now. Oh, my.

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  2. Those are gorgeous! I am loving this month because we have finally had a little dip in temperature…It’s now only in the upper 80s at night. I’m hoping that means we’ll have a cold winter. (And yes, I’m being serious.) I just love your yard! How’s the skunk banishing coming along?

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      • Oh no! 😦 I was actually impressed tonight when I went out at 9:30 and it was down to 77! Fall is in the air! πŸ™‚

        Have you ever heard of “Pure Citrus” spray? It smells of orange. (The other smells stink and smell fake.) It is VERY strong, however, so if you get the smell inside, do NOT spray it liberally like Lysol… just a TINY squirt will make it smell like orange blossoms inside for hours. Too much and you’ll gag. (Of course hopefully, you’ll never need to use it indoors!)

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  3. I think September is one of the most beautiful months of the year. The colors are still dark green, but other shades of green are everywhere, yellow is peeking out, orange is not quite in hiding any more….there’s such a hint of summer life and fall to come. πŸ™‚ Thanks Mark.

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  4. We do not have September flowers in Minnesota! Though farmers’ markets at at their best with corn, bell peppers, eggplant, beans, etc. Am heading over this afternoon πŸ™‚ What do I like about this month? Am going to play the mom card and say it’s sending my kiddos back to school. Finally, a few hours in each weekday to call my own.

    Seconding what other folks have said about your fantastico ability to find beauty. You and Karen (assuming this about Karen only because she is your lady) are lovely folk πŸ™‚

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    • Enjoy the farmer’s market veggies, Liz. My dear wife Karen is a farmer’s market regular, scoring what catches her eye as freshest picks. Zucchini bread is a favorite of her’s, too. They have a Tuesday farmer’s market all season long at Clinton Square, downtown, two blocks from where she works. NIce, huh? (And she is lovely folk!)

      Enjoy your newly gained weekday couple of hours with the kiddos going back to school, Liz. With my newly gained weekday hours today, I sent out a cover letter and resume, and tackled a porch screen door project that’s been nibbling at me all summer. Done in one afternoon! Now I am going to the last week of the Tuesday post-work golf league that I had to resign from when I got that eight-week job. They invited me back after the news. My friends rock.

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  5. Our gardens in the “dirty south” had a little reprieve this year due to a cool and wet July. By now we are usually crunchy and brown, but my honeysuckle, maypops, and roses are scenting my yard nicely. I love being able to sit in the garden and just centering in the morning, it moves my day forward in a more positive way.

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  6. I’ll tell you what’s coming out Mark. It snowed! The boughs of the trees are bent under the weight of snow. Sunday I was wearing shorts and at a barbecue party. The next day temperatures plunged from the 70s to the freezing mark!

    By the weekend it supposed to come nearer to average temps again for this time of year. Ugh!
    Diana xo

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  7. Polish Spirit is apropos for you. Clematis sounds like a spinster church secretary anyway. Watching flowers bloom is always a sign of hope, isn’t it? I always feel happier when we have flowers in a vase in the kitchen. And even happier if they don’t die the next day. How pretty these pictures are!

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  8. I love when rose bushes get their “second wind” and bloom once more this time of year. Same with Camellias.

    I love violas and pansies (when they aren’t yellow LOL) because they survive in the snow. This is the time of year I especially wish I worked in a garden center or in landscaping (strange as that may sound)

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  9. mark, i love these beautiful pictures, but most of all i love your beautiful spirit and show of gratitude for all you have, even in the light of the challenges you have right now. )

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  10. Ann’s right on Mark – beautiful spirit. I read your post and thought: this makes a statement to me, it creates positive feelings, the words and pictures are in the same realm – they’re impactful. I went back through the post a number of times and couldn’t quite get a handle on how you had done it- all I knew was that it said, in few words, so much more than most posts. So, I checked the comments, saw Ann’s and thought: that is exactly right, it has “spirit” somehow. Still not quite understanding why, I flipped thru Ann’s link to see what she had up.And there it was – her last post she listed a bunch of emotions and then random pictures taken by scanning around her yesterday. That’s exactly what you had done, Mark, you had used the words in your post to create emotions – your words went right through my intellect, which processes most written content, and targetted my emotions. Very impactful, very permanent, very real.

    In 173 words, you accessed my emotional world and made a positive impact. Impressive Mark.

    Oh, and Good Morning! πŸ˜€

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    • Good morning, Paul, and I love the way you processed the way I think AND feel as I write. I look at my world as I take the pictures and then I look at the pictures to feel it again and then I choose my words for those emotions very carefully. And you got it all, right there in your comment. My friend Paul. πŸ™‚ Smart man, so observant.

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