Saturday, August 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - August 2015

There have been spells of very hot, dry weather here during the past couple of weeks, and even though we have since had some good rains the effects of heat and drought still show in the garden. There is a lot of browned or yellowing foliage, and some plants that were flowering exuberantly a month ago, like the petunias or the roses on the balcony, have all but stopped blooming. The most heat-averse annuals, such as the sweet peas and various poppies, are finally done for good and have been cleared out after collecting seed for next season. That being said, there are a few pretty things:

Epiphyllum strictum flowering once again, and setting lots more buds

Abyssinian gladiolus (Gladiolus murielae

Hosta lancifolia

China aster (Callistephus chinensis cv.)

Dahlia 'Mrs. I. de Ver Warner' - from Old House Gardens, this variety is supposed to be quite cold-hardy

Amish heirloom cockscomb (Celosia cristata cv.)

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Agastache rupestris - this is one of my favorite summer perennials, and I have been growing it from seed collected in the Michigan garden for the garden here in Massachusetts. Quite a few of the slow-growing little plants were lost in our crowded little lot here over the course of the spring and summer, but the ones that made it are finally beginning to bloom and bulk up.

Leopard lily (Belamcanda chinensis/Iris domestica)

The current state of the garden made me realize that I should try to add more plants that come into bloom around this time of the year, to fill in the lull between the perennials of early and high summer and the declining annuals on the one hand and the various plants that either come into bloom for the first time or perk back up in the cooler days of fall on the other. Apart from having continuous bloom, the anticipation and excitement of new things developing and blossoming in every season is for me one of the greatest pleasure of gardening. Right now, for instance, the flower stalks of the tuberoses (Polianthes tuberosa) are beginning to emerge from their messy rosettes of greyish leaves and while they may not be very pretty in their own right, their promise of beautiful flowers and delicious fragrance in a few weeks' time makes them very pleasing to watch nonetheless.

To see what is currently blooming in other bloggers' gardens, you can visit Carol's blog at May Dreams Gardens.

1 comment:

  1. Adding plants to provide continuous blooms through the summer and into the fall is a problem of mine, too.


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