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Late Season Autumn Joy Sedum

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When I first typed up Autumn Joy Sedum for a blog page, I cut one flower stem and put it into the vase above.  The surprise for me, is that the flower is still the same light pink two weeks later.  I did put a small amount of water in the vase, and because of the small opening at the top of the vase, evaporation is a minimum.

While tidying up a flower bed over the weekend, I found a stem of Sea Lavender, on a transplanted baby plant, that had escaped my previous notice.  The two flowers do complement each other, I think.

This morning, after I photographed the flowers in the above vase, I went outside to see what the Autumn Joy looked like within the garden fence.  The maroon-rust of the flowers shows them maturing towards their final color. Some of the flowers appear paler, but do not be fooled, it is only the bright sunlight.  The long-blooming time, and very gradual color change are two of this sedum’s assets.


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Sea Lavender

Sea Lavender

I was disappointed to find my Sea Lavender did not bloom this year.  It is in a corner of a planting bed that catches some shade in the afternoons.  Then I remembered last spring when I found a baby Sea Lavender and moved it to a real sunny location.  And the baby was flowering!  What luck!

Autumn is coming soon, and this plant’s leaves are already starting to change colors.  In the past, I have cut these flowers and dried them to last through the winter.  Since there are not many blossoms this year, I will let the few stay on the plant.

Red Poppies

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Red Poppies

No, these are not potent poppies, but you could use the seeds in baking, as in muffins. I let them reseed themselves freely in a flower bed. Now that they are multiplying beautifully, I can try to harvest the seeds and introduce them to another flower bed. Without any proof, I do believe these are not deer-resistant.

I love the fragile, papery look of the petals on this flower. The way they follow gusts of wind in the air.

Recently, on the morning weather report, where they show photographs sent in by viewers, I saw a picture of a field of red poppies. They were being grown as a commercial seed crop. Just a beautiful sea of red blossoms.