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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- August 2013

How can it possibly be Garden Blogger's Bloom Day already? Here's what's been blooming in my garden in the month of August.

A patch of Echinacea, towering for now over a golden Catalpa, which I'm hoping will one day be much bigger

I love the orange buttons in the center


Still to open Rudbeckia, with a surprise hanging under it -- looks like a Daddy Long-Legs

Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' which the hummers fight over endlessly

While I stood here in front of this bed taking photos, two hummingbirds, soon joined by a third, were buzzing all around me, chasing each other and chattering away. Impossible to get good photos of them zipping around at warp speed, so I just delighted in the moment. Every so often, one of them would stop in mid-air and fan its tail feathers, a display I wasn't sure was aggression, or aeronautics.

If you click here, you can see photos from earlier in the year when I had just finished redoing that bed. At the time I said that there was still plenty of room in the bed for more plants. Mmmmm....maybe not.

Here's a view of that bed from my back porch, where I sometimes sit with a cup of coffee and a book in the afternoon. The hummers can be a distraction, as watching them is more captivating than reading.

Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia siphilitica

Liatris and a sleeping bee

Coreopsis 'Red Shift'


Echinacea 'After Midnight'

The center buttons are much redder than the species, and the stems as well

Penstemon 'Tubular Bells'

Aging Hydrangea quercifolia flower


Dahlia (I'm sure I could find the name if I really tried)

Another Dahlia

Tiny Hydrangea flower on the dark-leaved Hydrangea that I bought earlier this spring

My Asters are starting to flower, a sign I usually think heralds fall....

Noooooo! A Japanese Anemone, another sign of the dreaded fall

I may be making a mountain out of a molehill, but...

A mole, maybe a whole family of them, is messing up my dry stream/rock edging

At least they're not coming up in the lawn, or in the middle of the bed. But I'd prefer that they not come up at all.

Stargazer Lily

'Black Beauty' Lily

Helenium 'Red Shades' -- I saved seeds from this last year, but none of them sprouted, so it may be sterile. Or maybe the bits that I saved weren't actually the seeds.

Blackberry lily, with its adorable twisty candy-like spent flowers

Eryngium 'Blue Hobbit' -- another plant that I saved seeds from last year, which sprouted. We'll see if the seedlings retain this small stature

Monarda 'Jacob Cline'

It's flowering well, but very floppy. I moved it here from a different spot in the same bed earlier this year. I don't know why this one flops and 'Raspberry Wine' stands so nice and tall. The 'Raspberry Wine' is in richer, more moisture-retentive soil, and gets afternoon shade. This is a sunny, drier spot with sandy soil. I'm thinking I may move the 'Jacob Cline' into the back garden in the fall, where the soil is better, and see what happens next year.

Here's that bed from the other side, my neighbor's view

And here's a visitor to the Agastache in the gravel garden, captured a couple of days after they were buzzing me in the back garden. I love its tiny feet all tucked up.

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is a blogging meme started by Carol Michel of the blog May Dreams Gardens. Check out her post here as well as all the other links from blogs all over the world, celebrating their flowers for the month of August.

I usually join in Foliage Followup, the day after GBBD, but I may not this month. In fact, my blog may be quiet for just a little while. My son is coming for a week's visit in a couple of days, and we have all sorts of plans!


  1. Hummingbird feet!!! I love it all, Alison, what a fine garden you have.

  2. Alison, I am experiencing Monarda envy! Despite the incredible rainy summer my monarda never makes this beautiful show! Happy GBBD, your garden is lovely. gail

  3. I am so happy to hear that Oregon has hummingbirds!

  4. Wonderful! so many beautiful flowers. Like Gail I've got Monarda envy. I've never been able to grow it well here. Is that a fuchsia on the extreme right of the photo of the new border?

  5. Beautiful! I'm especially envious of the Monarda, which I've been unable to establish in my own garden.

  6. Wow - so pretty! I'm very thankful I have never had any moles. - They would make me crazy for sure.

  7. Alison,
    I love your blog. Your flowers are so beautiful.

  8. Gorgeous blooms, Alison! I so jealous of your 'Black Beauty'. Mine started blooming at least a month earlier than usual this year and just finished a few days ago :-(

  9. Wow I'd say you've got the August flower thing covered. Have fun with your son!

  10. So many beauties in your garden ! I sometimes wonder if what I collect is seed ...Difficult to tell sometimes ?

  11. The garden looks beautiful. I love those monardas!

  12. Looks wonderful and not dry at all! Have fun with your son and take lots of pictures!

  13. I can't believe you caught a hummer!!! That's a photographic feat! Gorgeous garden - I'm so enamored with the Blackberry lily - beautiful!

  14. Great blooms Alison and your plant beds are looking lovely! Wish we had hummingbirds here!

  15. Beautiful blooms! That red Helenium is great. I'm thinking about planting some more oriental or orienpet lilies - l like yours, do you have a favorite?

  16. So many pretties, many with different bloom times than here. Do you want me to mail you some Caesalpinia seeds?

    I so admire the neat white edging strips. Your Dahlias are superb.

  17. What a cutie pie that hummer watching them...and that new bed is amazing how it has grown in with all my fav flowers...just beautiful.

  18. I hope you're having fun visiting your son. I love the hummingbird shot. They are soooo hard to capture. Your borders are lush and full. I love the Blackberry Lily. My pink Japanese anemones just started blooming too. So pretty.

  19. I loved seeing your August blooms!

  20. I love the views. your photos are absolutely gorgeous!I really like your blog. your pictures are impressive.Greetings from Poland.

  21. So many gorgeous blooms, I don't know which I envy the most!

  22. Alison! The back beds are divine! You've hit a home run. I'm drooling. Interesting you mentioned your Jacob Cline's were droopy in comparison to Raspberry wine. I've got the same problem with my Jacob Cline's. I'll be curious to see what happens to yours if you move them. Cheers!

  23. I love your Monardas as well, though Jacob Cline died out for me, and I'm considering trying the native one. I always think if I had a city lot I wouldn't be troubled with moles, they are driving me crazy coming up in several beds I just cleared and planted, the whole bed is like tunnel city. I have had a little success putting rotten meat in the tops of the holes to keep them from coming back.;-)

  24. Wow, Alison, what a variety of plants! And I truly like your pictures!


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