Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for August 2016.
Just last week, here in USDA Hardizone Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, I thought my bloom day post would be full of my whining about how dry it was.
A lovely thunderstorm rolled through last Wednesday leaving behind over two inches of rain. I was pleased and thought how lovely and refreshed the garden looked. No more dry, brittle leaves. No more dusty flowers. No more plants drooping in the garden by noon.
Then this weekend, we got more rain, over three inches by mid-morning Sunday and it is still coming down.
I had the brief sane thought of waiting for the rain to pass on through before going out to take bloom day pics, but that thought passed quickly when I saw the forecast for the next several days.
So I found a rain coat deep inside a back closet, threw it on and headed out to see what’s blooming in the rain.
Turns out, there is quite a bit blooming, even in the rain.
I have a couple of white lilies blooming. There are some in several spots in Plopper’s Field, so I assume I bought bulbs for them.
This is what wet tall phlox, Phlox paniculata, looks like, growing along side false sunflowers, Heliopsis helianthoides.
This is more wet tall phlox, in purple.
The sunflowers, Helianthus annuus ‘Heirloom Titan’, grown from seeds I got from Renee’s Garden, look
a little a lot drippy. It’s morning in this picture, so they are facing east, no doubt wondering where the sun is. When the rain stops, I intend to get a ladder and a tape measure and find out how tall they really are. My best guess is ten feet. I should start a betting pool. What’s your guess?
This is definitely the summer of zinnias. I have them growing all along the back side of the veg garden. I’ll be growing them again next year, which is no surprise. I grow them every year.
Oh my, this is a type of black-eyed susan… it is… give me a minute to think of it… I know… it’s Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’! Not a great picture, but did I mention the rain?
Will you look at this hydrangea loaded with blooms? Ignore that weedy area around it, many of those “weeds” are violets, focus on the blooms. This one is Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’.
I think this hosta is pretty. It has a dark red stem and I purchased it from Soules Garden. There is a tag under there which I could look at to tell you just which one it is, but did I mention the rain?
Here’s another hosta, a white blooming passalong plant I just call ” Grandma’s August Lily” because it is just like the ones I remember growing along the northside of my grandma’s house. It is surounded by some surprise lilies, Lycoris squamigera.
And look, just to remind us that fall is coming, the toad lilies, Tricyrtis sp. are just beginning to bloom.
My apologies to those who live in areas suffering from drought or those who live where it is naturally dry. I didn’t intend to post so many pictures of wet flowers, but that’s what I’ve got here in the middle of August for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
What’s blooming in your garden now? We’d love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden and then come back here and leave a comment to entice us to visit and a link in Mr. Linky so we know how to get to your garden post.
And always remember, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence