Ranters in bloom



As far as I can tell, all of our gardens still look pretty terrific. (It’s perfectly acceptable to brag on Bloom Day, right?)


I’m very jealous of Michele’s magnificent sweet autumn clematis; mine was smothered by the pond guy. Check out her trampoline! She has much more, including dahlias, sweetpeas (more jealousy), helenium, and phlox.


Susan has tons of stuff in bloom, including some beautiful flowering shrubs. This is caryopteris. (Actually I’ve seen this called both a shrub and a perennial.) Check out her blog for more.


Finally, I chose an overhead shot (I get great ones from my husband’s study) of my patio garden, because this looks much better than it usually does at this time of year. I know it’s hard to discern them, but there is rudbeckia hirta Herbstonne, hydrangea macrophylla “Forever Pink,” heliopsis, a few other perennials, and a bunch of annuals. I have a close-up of one of the more unusual annuals over on my blog

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world, and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. Those are some wonderful blooms. I wish I had a way to get a bird’s eye view of my garden, without resorting to climbing up on the roof.

    Thanks for joining in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day again!

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens

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