Went out today to start the annual autumn cleanup. The joy of living in a temperate climate with deciduous trees. Worst part, I have NO trees on my property! All this fallout is from the neighbors!! I got out my trusty leaf blower and proceeded to blow all the leaves in the back yard into a large convenient pile. I also blow the leaves out of the bogs. Having those things rotting in the bog gardens is not a good thing. Not to mention it attracts slugs!!! Anyway, as I was blowing out the bogs I came across the flower pictured above. Gentiana autumnalis. Its latin name given to it because of it late autumn blooms!
I’ve never had this plant bloom as I grew it from seed. I had got an email from my friend in Virginia, with photos of his Gentiana autumnalis blooming in early October. From that I figured if mine was going to bloom this year it should be by mid October. Nothing happened! I took a look at it before halloween and saw flower buds, but I figured there wasn’t going to be enough warm weather to get it to bloom. My guess is that it must have got set back because I yanked it out of the ground in early summer when I replanted my bogs! Regardless, it was a nice surprise!