I've been meaning to post how the early Spring and continued high heat have accelerated many of my fall-blooming plants.
Take, for instance this August Moon hosta. This usually sends up stalks around the 1st of August, almost to the day. Here you can see many scapes have appeared and it's only mid-July.
Here is one of my Autumn Joy sedums, not only fully budded, but breaking into bloom. This is at least a month early.
The cannas, while their bright red flames are truly appreciated, they usually pop around the end of July, early August.
And here, my hardy hibiscus, (I refer to it as my September star because I can count on a big blast of dark pink blooms to take me into Fall). This plant should only be 3 feet tall right now with no signs of bud.
And it's not just plants that have been accelerated. Fireflies, usually a July event, began displaying on the evening of June 9th. Cicadas started singing way before July. And last night, when I returned from a late outing, I stood on the deck - stunned - by the call of crickets. Crickets!! I can't tell you how early this is.
I should also mention that my annuals are not thriving at all this year. The zins that are (finally!) blooming are small. All my salvias (spendens, subrotunta & elegans) are yet to flower. And even the sunflowers are only 3 feet tall and also without blooms at this point. Bee balms that used to wave at 3-4 feet are 14" with meager blooms too.
All this and more has really made me take notice. If all my fall perennials bloom this early, if the annuals merely sputter, if the Fall insects come and go in mid-summer, what sort of September/October will we have? Bloomless? Bugless? Bare?
P.S. For more fast-track plants, check out my Flower and Vegetable blog pages (top of sidebar).