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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- August, 2015

Almost all of my flowers right now are in the front garden, but even so, it still seems sparse to me. So many plants have flowered and gone past already because of our hot, dry summer. Still, there are a few to show for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

My Brugs have been flowering off and on all summer, but my cream-white one had produced a big flush of flowers that I can smell as soon as I set foot out the front door. Such a beautiful flower and a lovely scent!

The yellow one has been flowering too

I have a few Dahlias in flower. I planted and/or transplanted all of them this year, and many of the new ones produced just a bunch of leaves, but no flowers. They've gotten minimal watering. Maybe next year and in future years, with more water and more temperate temperatures, there will be an impressive show.

I think I started this one from seed a couple of years ago

Variegated Knautia

Sedum 'Thundercloud'

A second clump of the same Sedum is always behind, although it's in the same bed only 6 feet away

Echevaria flower stalk

Lobelia tupa in the front garden is much darker red than the one that blooms earlier in the back

Alstroemeria 'Rock and Roll'

Love Lies Bleeding is not even a foot tall, such a disappointment

Thank Heaven for Crocosmia in the mid- to late summer garden

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' is much shorter than last year and not flopping (yet)

A touch of rebloom on the Bougainvilleea that I bought back in the spring -- I'm so relieved I haven't killed it (yet)

Rudbeckia is another star of the mid- to late summer garden

In the same bed with the Rudbeckia are several different ornamental grasses. I often forget that this is the time of year when they "flower" too, although it's hard to think of their panicle as a flower.

Pink-tinged Panicum virgatum, probably 'Rotstrahlbusch'

Sesleria autumnalis

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

Aka eyebrow grass

Pennisetum 'Redhead'

Anemanthele lessoniana

There is some great color on the blades of my Little Bluestem, but the awns are not quite as far along as my other late season grasses. Perhaps I'll show you my Little Bluestem tomorrow for Foliage Followup.

Crocosmia 'Gold Rush,' a recent purchase, is destined for the back garden

I have a multi-pronged raccoon-foiling plan for the back garden, but I won't be implementing it for a few weeks

A couple of dainty Aloes are flowering

I bought a couple of tender cactus a week or so ago, one of which almost immediately produced a bunch of flower buds. I neglected to get photos of the flowers completely open.

Nicotiana has seeded around from last year's plants

One last Kniphofia

Himalayan Honeysuckle/Leycesteria formosa

One of my favorite flowering shrubs

Verbascum bombyciferum -- so fantastically Seussian

I know it as Belamcanda chinensis, but it has a new name -- Iris domestica

Calendula officinalis 'Solar Flashback' self-sown from last year's plants

I'd prefer even more of them, so once the flowers have produced seed, I'll save some and sow them in pots in the spring to be planted out

Calendula has the strangest seeds -- that green thing that looks sort of like a fuzzy caterpillar is one of them


Joe Pye Weed and Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' in one of the few beds in the back garden untouched by the raccoons

That's my flowers for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens. You'll find her Bloom Day post here, along with links to lots of other bloggers around the world.


  1. So many pretty blossoms in your garden this year, Alison. The Dahlias are so pretty, the White Brug is wonderful.

  2. Oh, Alison, despite the raccoon and heat damage your blooms are gorgeous, many here I'd love to grow. You have the magic touch. The caleundulas - I can't seem to grow those, they are really stunning. Love the grasses and Brugmansia, too. I can't get mine to bloom this year. Hmm..maybe I can hire you to help me?

  3. Well that all looks floriferous and rather lovely to me Alison!
    I remember first seeing Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' on American blogs last year and searched everywhere for it at the time. I couldn't even find seed over here. I shall try again.
    I'm intrigued by the raccoon-foiling plan and wondering whether it will also work for bunnies/deer/squirrels/mice.. delete as appropriate.

  4. I have some of the same things blooming right now... But with crocosmias I have not had any luck so far. Also, I miss the fragrance of brugmansias. We had them when I was a kid, but have not had them for years for lack of an adequate place to overwinter them.

  5. With your serial heat waves you still have calendula blooms? That's a winter flower for us. No way I could keep it going through summer. My new mantra is sedum, sedum, sedum. and I like your white Thunder Cloud. The herbaceous sedums are just not seen here. I've tried them in the past but maybe didn't wait long enough for them to establish. I want clumps like yours! Love all your grasses too. So much to admire in August, Alison, after an, ahem, difficult summer.

  6. Alison...I love that back garden of monarda and joe pye weed. I bet your hummers love that monarda too! You have so many fabulous blooms despite the heat and raccoon damage. I bet those masked bandits are drawn to your fantastic creek in the back.

  7. Alison - your garden is spectacular! I adore the Calendulas - especially the Solar Flashback one. What a great color! I haven't managed to get my Brugs to bloom at all. In fact, they don't even have buds. Maybe I need to fertilize them... Worth a shot, for sure - right now they are not earning their keep!

  8. You have tons of beautiful things blooming! Fantastic photos of everything.

  9. You've got a nice range of blooms, Alison. Like Denise, I was surprised to see Calendula in bloom. I love the Brugmansia and that 'Thunder Cloud' Sedum. I'd finally decided to put the Brugmansia I have in a pot out of its misery and then a week ago I found a single bloom on it. The flower was gone before Bloom Day but now I can't decide whether to let it stay, replant it in the ground, or toss it out.

  10. I love the combination is the last photo.

  11. Lots of good stuff going on in your garden Alison! I'm especially covetous of your Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy', since mine decided not to bloom this year.

  12. Cool blooms! I'm jealous of your alstroemeria rock n roll as mine just put out a little foliage this year but didn't bloom.

  13. So many blooms. You photograph them wonderfully Alison. I like the new Crocosmia. It will be a good addition to your late summer colour. It's easy to forget how good the grasses can look, yours all look super.

  14. Lovely blooms, Alison. What a gorgeous Brugmansia, I love it. Lobelia tupa is gorgeous too, it is not hardy here. And what a gorgeous Alstroemeria. Such a wonderful colour.

  15. Wonderful Brugmansia and Eucomis - just gorgeous. And you're tempting me to give Cardoons a try.


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