Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for August 2021.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, USA, we were enjoying rain when we needed it… until a few weeks ago.
Now, we could use a bit of rain, and that’s what we’ve gotten. An early morning rain shower brought .15 inches to my garden, prior to that any rain has been just enough to wet the ground.
Anyway, let’s move on from the Surprise Lilies, Lycoris squamigera, pictured above, which have been blooming for a while and are rapidly fading in the heat.
How about some Joe Pye Weed?
It’s a native and attracts pollinators. Plus this variety, ‘Little Joe’ doesn’t get too tall. And it won’t get too tall also because it is starting to be in a bit of shade from a tree I planted 24 years ago.
Nearby are Black-eyed Susans, probably Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’.
Honestly, I could have taken pictures of several different patches of Black-eyed Susans, which liberally plant themselves in various parts of the garden. I wish I could say that I designed the backyard plantings so that you could just let your eye go from one patch of Black-eyed Susans to the next and see the whole garden. But, I cannot. They did it all on their own. (Fortunately, they are shallow-rooted and easy to pull out where you don’t want them.)
Moving on… the Japanese jacinth, Barnardia japonica, are beginning to bloom.
I got my plants from the garden of Elizabeth Lawrence, part of Wing Haven in Charlotte, North Carolina. Passalongs!
What else is blooming in August? The usual flower show is going on in the vegetable garden with zinnias, marigolds, and a long row of nasturtiums. I direct sowed them all and they are doing great. Oh, and one sunflower that survived the rabbits or birds or whoever decided the seedlings were “good eats.”
I should wrap this up with images of hostas, phlox, roses, Allium ‘Millenium’ and other perennials, but instead, I’ll close out with some little Johnny-jump-up violas—yes, I’m still loving violas— hanging in there in spite of the heat (with some alyssum too).
What’s blooming in your gardening on this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day of August 2021? It’s easy to participate in this meme and show us! Just post on your blog about the flowers in your garden on or around the 15th of the month, then come back here and leave a link to your bloom day blog post in the Mr. Linky widget below and post a comment to tell us what you have for us to see.
And always remember…We can have flowers nearly every month of the year. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence