Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for August 2015.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the signs and blooms point toward the beginning of the end of summer.
How can that be? Wasn’t it just spring yesterday?
Such is how the season goes and no matter if we keep up or not, time marches on, and so do the flowers.
In my garden, the surprise lilies (Lycoris squamigera) have been blooming for several weeks now. I deadheaded several of them this evening but there are still some nice clumps of them throughout the garden. I know some gardeners call them resurrection lilies, others refer to them be the common name of naked ladies, or nekkid ladies, which I think several of us bloggers came up with as a more genteel name which might be less likely to attract people who visit our blogs looking for something else.
Anyway, moving on to the vegetable garden. There is a long narrow bed, about 18 inches wide that runs along the edge of the vegetable garden by a privacy fence. In years past, I’ve run out of time and ambition to plant much in that strip, which I’ve always envisioned as a great place for flowers.
This spring, however, I managed to sow seeds for sunflowers, marigolds, and zinnias along this border, and planted some hollyhocks, borage, and hyacinth beans along there, too, because I bought them on impulse and they had to go somewhere.
I’m glad I did.
Sunflowers are amazing, and fun to grow, no matter how old the gardener is. It was all I could do not to get out a ladder, climb up a few steps, and stick a pair of goggly eyes on that big bloom.
Marigolds will always remind me of gardening as a kid. It’s one of the flowers we regularly grew from seed. I guess for that reason, I like the smell of marigolds.
The zinnias were quite tall this year.
And the hyacinth bean is finally blooming. This one is Lablab purpureus ‘Ruby Moon’.
Of course, by design, the star of my garden in August is the flower border I call August Dreams Garden. It’s planted with late bloomers like Black-eyed Susans, (Rudbeckia sp.), Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe), Boltonia (Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama ‘Snowbank’), asters, goldenrod and more.
Some gardeners might not like Black-eyed Susans because they don’t like the “school bus” yellow of the blooms, but I think they make an outstanding display.
You can barely make out the tiny white blooms of Boltonia in this picture.
Since most of the blooms in August Dreams Garden are yellow, purple, or white, this red cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis, really stands out.
Across the way in Plopper’s Field, where plants are plopped in wherever it looks like there is a bare spot, there are still quite a few flowers in bloom including tall phlox and this lovely calamint, Calamintha nepeta var. nepeta.
Nearby, I’ve got a wonderful patch of sedum which has had terrific dark dusty red foliage all season and is now covered in blooms.
It is Sedum ‘Dazzleberry’, which I got as a tiny sprig from Great Garden Plants at a Garden Writers Association symposium a few years ago. I gave it a little shove in the ground that fall and now a couple of years later, it has spread to almost two feet across. A keeper in my book.
And one more new bloom for me for August is the hardy begonia, Begonia grandis.
I bought this from Hidden Hill Nursery last August. In addition to the nursery, they have a wonderful, eclectic sculpture garden which is a “must see” if you are ever down in their neck of the woods, near Utica, Indiana.
And that’s a peek at August in my garden. What’s blooming in your garden? Join us for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and tell us all about it. It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden and then come back here and put a link to your post on the Mr. Linky widget and leave a comment to entice us to stop by for a virtual visit.
And always remember, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence