Saturday, September 28, 2013

Last Week of September 2013

September has had many beautiful blooms in the gardens here on the shores of Lake Michigan.  In the future, some of the photos taken this month will be seen in different postings such as the series called “BLOG SHOTS”.  As the month now comes to and end, many gardens have lost much of their color by this last week of September.  However, here in the Gardens at Waters East – lots of plants are still blooming, even showing their best this time of year, while it is true others are beginning to fade.

Formal Garden - Autumn Colors
Lake Michigan in the background

Here are a few final blooms all taken this last week of September, some found in groups, others simply sprinkled around the gardens.  Notice the combinations that enrich the landscape this time of year with their associated colors from different plants.

 Native Aster & Marguerite Daisy

 Rain Garden
field of flowers and colors
Sunflower - Maximillium, Asters, Goldenrod, etc.

 Sunflower - Maximillium & Sedum - Autumn Joy

 Native Aster with Bee
beginning of Engleman Ivy turning red

 Goldenrod & Purple Coneflower

 Red Poppy
still going strong

 Native Aster & Native Snapdragon

 Special hybridized daylily #X13 - Morning Sunburst
hybridized at Gardens at Waters East
the last daylily blooming this year

 Natives in field

 Closeup of above - Native Rudbeckia

 Succulents in pots
Asian Patio Garden
turning Autumn color

 Obedient Plant & Native Aster
(Hosta has seen its better days!)

 brown seed heads of Siberian Iris
purple of Native Aster
blue of Lake Michigan in background


 Rudbeckia & Sedum Autumn Joy

 Honey Bee on Native White Aster

 Russian Sage (at the end of its blooming season)
& Sedum Autumn Joy

 Sunflower - Maximillium
reaching for the Autumn Sun

More than 250 photos were taken these last days – hard to post only a few!  Now as we move into October, the leaves will start to be the focus of color.  Those beauties will be posted in a couple of weeks.

 Native Aster

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Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design plus the special “Golden Principle of Design” used throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010 and May 2, 2011.


  1. Very nice pictures. In my garden most of the summer flowers are faded, but not so Rudbeckia she is still blooming.


  2. Nice variety of blooms. Our autumnal "second spring" flowering peak is starting...good end of the rainy season, now mild temps, cool mornings and dry air. We only lack your huge freshwater lake (inland ocean)! Stunning as always.

  3. Your rain garden is stunning, and wow--the photo of the succulent garden with the lake and sky in the background ... magic!