Monday, August 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - August 2016

It is hard to believe that just like that another month has passed! It has been a somewhat challenging one for the garden, as it has been very hot and very dry, and even with a good hour of nightly watering there is just no replacing rain. Nonetheless, quite a few things are blooming.

To start off with, not really a flower, but just as colorful: Joseph's coat amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor)

Strawflowers (Xerochrysum bracteatum), which rather relish the dry heat

Pink ambrette (Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus)

Threadleaf giant hyssop (Agastache rupestris)

Emilia javanica, which has proven to be surprisingly heat- and drought-tolerant once established

The African marigolds (Tagetes erecta) have all been struggling with some unidentified disease or infestation but luckily so far with plenty of water and fertilizer they seem to keep outgrowing it

Yellow/orange cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus)

The last of a number of 'Hopi Dyeseed' sunflowers

The Iranian heirloom squash putting out plenty of pretty male flowers - unfortunately there are hardly any female buds in sight!

Chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata) - unassuming, but deliciously cocoa-scented in the morning

A volunteer garland chrysanthemum (Glebionis coronaria), blooming long after the original batch

Bladder hibiscus (Hibiscus trionum)

'Maid of Orleans' Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac 'Maid of Orleans')

To see what is blooming in many gardens elsewhere, visit May Dreams Gardens!


  1. I've tried to grow that Joseph's coat Amaranth a few times from seed with no success, it's gorgeous! Maybe I'll try again. Happy GBBD!

    1. It is finicky to start out with - I started two batches, one inside in April and another one at the end of May, and neither took off until it got really hot in July. On top of that the baby rabbits liked the little sprouts in spring and did quite a bit of damage.

  2. Beautiful! Your amaranth is awesome


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