Welcome to Garden Bloggers’Bloom Day for August 2019.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we are sliding down in a cloud of dust toward the end of summer.
That’s right, a cloud of dust and don’t trip on those big cracks that have formed in the garden beds. After one of the rainiest springs I can remember, we have been without substantial rain now for the last six weeks or so. (There was one good rain sometime in July but I can barely remember it now.)
But my garden is a champ and I have flowers a plenty for bloom day.
First up, I picked some zinnias, sunflowers, marigolds, and dill to make myself a little posy bouquet, complete with a ribbon and a tag telling the meaning of each flower.
I was inspired after reading The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets That Tell a Story by Teresa Sabankaya.
Maybe I’ll try to make a posy bouquet every month for bloom day? Maybe. Anyone else want to try it? You might be inspired to do the same after reading the book!
Out in the garden, I have lots of pretty flowers, like Allium ‘Millenium’ (yes, it was trademarked with just one “n”) which I got as a passalong plant from a friend who grew it in a container.
I took the two big bunch of bulbs he gave me in early fall, carefully teased them apart, and then planted them along the edges of several garden borders. I love how they look. I might dig and divide them again to make them go even further.
Way in the background in that picture is Lycoris squamigera, which I like to call Surprise Lilies or Resurrection Lilies or even Magic Lilies because I am genteel like that.
Down the way from them is Eutrochium purpurea ‘Little Joe’,
It’s a cultivar of the native Joe Pye Weed that can grow upwards past six feet. That’s a big plant for my little garden so I am happy to have ‘Little Joe’ which gets to about four feet or so.
Speaking of natives, I also have lots of Black-eyed Susans, Rudbeckia sp.
This particular clump self-sowed itself on the edge of the vegetable garden and managed to escape my weeding. Truth be told, most of the weeds also seem to have escaped my weeding this year.
I did manage to clear the weeds away from around the zinnias. This red one is ‘Holi Scarlet F1’, an All-Americas Selection for 2019. (Thanks, AAS, for sending me seeds of this one. It is fabulous!)
I have “regular ol’ zinnias”, too. I mixed together a bunch of packets of zinnia seeds which were all supposed to grow to about the same height and this is what came up.
It’s not summer in the garden without zinnias!
I also have marigolds in bloom, hydrangeas in bloom (and begging for water) along with an assortment of fading coneflowers, tall phlox, and hyssop.
If you’d like to hear more about Blacked-eyed Susans, Tall Phlox, Coneflowers, Surprise Lilies or The Posy Book, please listen to the last couple of episodes of The Gardenangelists podcast I record weekly with Dee Nash of Red Dirt Ramblings. We have fun and think you’ll enjoy listening to it in or out of your garden. (And for weeding, we have a special weeding episode you won’t want to miss!)
And that’s a wrap on my bloom day post.
What’s blooming in your garden in the middle of August? We’d love to see! It’s easy to join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! Post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden around the 15th of the month, then come here and leave a comment about what you have and a link in the Mr. Linky Widget so we can find you.
And always remember… “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence