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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August

I never think I have much of a flower garden, but in August . . .  The Black Dragon lilies are blooming in front of the house along with a crimson bee balm.

The Stargazer lilies were a gift. Only one is blooming so far, but there are two or three more. I am always so relieved when I don’t kill plants I get as a gift.

My Casa Blanca lilies are not planted to  best advantage, but they are beautiful  and now form a substantial clump.  I’ll have to do some dividing.

This is one of 2 beds of daylilies, one on either side of the entry to the Sunken Garden, which might as well be sunken in the bottom of a bog this year. I’d apologize for all the weeds, but this area, always wet in the spring, has remained a swamp this year. It is a testament to the vigor of daylilies that they have not all rotted away.

The two pots of Ann Warner daylilies that have been planted on the brand new daylily bank are blooming magnificently.  Drainage is very good on this bank.  The only other newly planted daylily in bloom is Rosy Returns.

I planted lots of cosmos this year, partly to take up room in a newly enlarged bed, and partly so I would have cutting flowers.  This is one clump, another clump is hiding the newly planted  anemones. I used Renee’s Garden Seashell and Double Click varieties. 

Achillea the Pearl is holding its own against the cosmos.

This pink achillea has been beaten down by the rains.

I bought this un-named pink phlox at the Greenfield Garden Club plant sale. I wasn’t sure whether the other phlox I bought at the same sale was the same color so they are planted separately, looking a little lonely, but I could have planted them together.  The Fairy rose is still blooming as you can see. I do have a propensity for pink.

The hydrangea makes a BIG statement. I am thinking about more hydrangeas – in lieu of lawn.

Cimicifuga racemosa loves its place in the shade of the old apple tree. The clump is huge.

The roses are mostly done for the season, although there is a blossom here and there. I am thrilled that this Pink Grootendorst, planted this spring, is doing so well and blooming energetically.  The Fairy continues strong, of course, as does Double Red Knockout.

This deep purple sweet pea is gorgeous, but it is planted in a new section of the garden and I didn’t put enough ooomph in the lasagna planting.  It is finally coming along, but fighting the tansy sufficiently that it didn’t climb up the white trellis I provided.  You can see how the scarlet bee balm is also suffering from insufficient ooomph.  Next year!

This is the pretty and vicious tansy.  Never plant it!  It is coming up through layers of cardboard and woodchips.  It has seed itself along our road/drive and in the field. Talk about Wicked Plants. I sometimes think it will be the death of me.

This pathetic squash plant with its cheerful blossoms will stand in for all problems in the vegetable garden.  I have gotten a small harvest, but it is not what I expected.  The pole beans are still blooming and bearing, and so are the tomatoes, but they are not even thinking about ripenind yet. Not even the cherry tomatoes.

The chives are blooming, and so is the golden marjoram and the thyme. I’ve gotten a lot out the herb garden!

Other plants blooming are: annual salvia, potentilla, veronica, dianthus fand the geraniums, scented geraniums, petunias, verbena, and Million Bells in pots.

Of course I’m surrounded by Mother Nature’s blooming garden as well, hawksweeds, milkweed, goldenrod battling the tansy in  the field, yarrow and Queen Anne’s Lace. All welcome

To see what is blooming all over the country logon to May Dreams Gardens.  Thank you Carol for instituting this great project.

8 comments to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August

  • For not “having much of a flower garden” you certainly have a lot of lovely blooms! I love all the lilies growing up in the natural setting, and cosmos are quickly becoming one of my favorite annuals. I think you and I have a lot in common, Pat–I didn’t put enough oomph into my lasagna gardening either:) I’ve been fighting the weeds all summer. As you say, just wait till next year!

  • I’m crazy about lilies, and daylilies, too. Lilies bloom much earlier down here, so it’s a treat to see yours. I’m still hoping for fall rebloom of daylilies.

    I think the best thing to do about weeds besides pulling them is not to mention that you have them.

  • Beautiful flowers especially the Casas.
    Happy GBBD!

    -Cathy

  • The lilies are beautiful!

  • I love the Monarda with the ‘Black Beauty’ Lilies. I know how hard it is to find a good color match for them. You should propagate your Phlox by cuttings. They are very easy to do that way. Then you wouldn’t have to move one of them. (I love pink, and those two go together wonderfully.) I must be growing my Cimicifuga in too much shade, as yours looks so much more straight & upright.

  • admin

    MMD – Thanks for the tip about phlox. Now that I know what color mine are I can make use of it. The cimicifuga is in less shade than before with another limb of the apple tree being broken off by ice.
    Misty – My husband couldn’t think why the air was so fragrant when he was mowing. Lilies! I guess he was concentrating on the grass too hard.
    Cathy – Those Casa Blancas are stupendous.
    Nell Jean – You are right. Always best to ‘Never complain, never explain’.
    Rose – I think we do have a lot in common. And I hope you have a good source of more ooomph for your garden. I do, thank heaven.
    Pat

  • Jen

    Your lilies are awesome, Pat – they must smell amazing. Cimicfuga is new to me — it really brightens up the shade! I see lots of things here that I want to try next year – esp. the sweet pea and cosmos. Everything looks beautiful.

  • admin

    Jen – the lilies aare beautiful. My husband noticed and enjoyed while he was mowing the lawn. The cimicifuga is a beautiful tall plant with medicinal properties. It is also called bugbane because the leaves are said to repel insects. It is sometimes called Fairy Candles and does light up the shade.
    Pat

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