I am watching the flowers in my August Dreams Garden border with interest. This area is filled with mostly native plants, though some are named varieties of native plants.
What has captured my attention is early blooms. So far the hybrid goldenrod, Solidago hybrida ‘Little Lemon’ has bloomed early. My other goldenrod, the rare Solidago shortii ‘Solar Cascade’ is loaded with flower buds.
Further down this garden border, the New England aster, Aster novae-angliae ‘Alma Potschke’ is in nearly full bloom, though it is not as covered with flowers as it is when it blooms in the fall.
Liatris spicata is also in full bloom, though this does not surprise me. It bloomed in July last year, as I recall. But I am bit surprised that the sneezeweed, Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’, would show up to party so soon.
I am watering this garden regularly now because this is the driest June on record and these plants are just starting their second season. I hope that in future years, when or if it is this dry again, this garden of mostly native wildflowers will do well without a lot of additional water and return to its planned flowering time of August and later.
Time will tell if my hope is well-founded or foolish nonsense.
I think it is well-founded. After all, these native wildflowers should be adapted to this climate.
What wildflowers are you watching these days? I’ll bet other gardeners are watching early blooms, too. I’m going to visit Clay and Limestone to check out if anyone posted about them for Wildflower Wednesday.