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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.

Bloomsday in July


Ever since we pulled the curtain across the window and discouraged Frank the cat from sitting in the window box looking forlorn even though he has perfectly good access through the cat door, the windowbox has been looking pretty good. I always plant geraniums in the window box but I’ve never grown verbena there before and I really like it.

I do write most of my plant names down in my Record book, but that doesn’t mean I remember them off the top of my head. I bought this beautiful hydrangea (Moth something) at Nasami Farm three or four years ago and it is a strong grower. Some red bee balm (Colrain Red?) crept under it, snuggling up with the Henry sweetspire. Someday I’m going to have a whole garden of Henry plants (for my husband) and I welcome all suggestions.


Of course, June is the month for my hardy roses, but some like this one are continuing with vigor. I call this the Buckland Rose, named for the nearby town from whence it came, and where it grows in the gardens of all my friends. No one knows any better name


When we first moved to Heath I received a gift of a yellow daylily collection from White Flower Farm. They did have names attached to each plant, but they have been moved a couple of times and their proper names have long escaped memory.


This red daylily was a gift from a friend when she left her house and garden, but by then her memory was failing, and it is nameless as well.

There are a few other flowers in the garden, more bee balm, garlic chives, Achillea ‘The Pearl’, a pink yarrow, potted red geraniums, squash and tomato blossoms, and an annual salvia border around the rose Shed Bed, but from now on things will get very green until the zinnias, Asiatic lilies and dahlias come into bloom. right now they are just promising buds.

I am not responsible for all the flowers in the garden. Mother Nature is very generous with yarrow and Queen Anne’s Lace along our roadside (no it is not a Driveway), daisies and vetch in the field and mysterious yellow flowers here and there. I do not disdain them.