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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- August 2018

Oh God, do I have to?

Do I really have to go out in the garden in the heat and the drought and the wildfire smoke and look for flowers that don't look like shit, so I can pretend to everyone that I actually still have a somewhat presentable garden that isn't burned to a crisp like the entire Trump family in whatever future Hell their souls will surely be consigned to?


This Opuntia actually flowered on August 3, but the flowers are so fleeting, I wanted to record it here

Lost Id Dahlia, but it's a big 'un

Another Lost ID Huge Dinnerplate Dahlia, another big 'un

Dahlia 'Totally Tangerine'

NOID Dahlia

The Begonias are keeping me sane (and the definition of sane is debatable).

Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'

Orange Alstroemeria



Ornamental Oregano 'Kent Beauty'

Allium wallichii ex China (from Far Reaches Farm)

Daucus carota 'Dara'


Echinacea 'White Swan' (and ubiquitous hose spoiling every view)

Verbena bonariensis

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy'

These Nasturtiums (all three flowers are on the same plant) are like the three stages of despair.

Almost despairing


Beyond despair

Insert more swear words here. What are your favorites?

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of the month. Check out her post here.


  1. Laughed all the way through your post! Your blooms are beautiful, especially those bodacious begonias. However, your commentary is priceless!

  2. Well, I'm glad you braved the heat and smokey air to capture some photos! Your dahlias and begonias are incredible and, despairing or not, those nasturtiums are a fantastic color. I envy you the Eucomis too. I've got one that produces foliage now and then but it's never ever bloomed.

    I hope you have clear air soon.

  3. This time of year I spend a lot of time trying to hide how "crispy" things have gotten as the summer progressed. You hid the ugly parts well. Thanks for braving the heat and the smoke and sharing your beautiful garden!

  4. I went out so early ( to beat the HEAT and SMOKE ) , some of the blooms were not even open yet .

  5. Tom and I both laughed out loud, heartily, at your intro. We've got some things bloomin' here too, but nothing is very happy in these hot August days of smoke, including the resident gardeners.
    Your begonias are beautiful! Dahlias persist.

  6. I loved your dahlias! None of mine survived the winter. At least I had dug a few and stored them in the basement. Never again. I will always dig them no matter how busy I am.
    Glad I got to enjoy yours.

  7. I love you. I didn't have the guts to write the very same thing you did in your first paragraph...but sistah...I'm feeling it. Luckily..I took pics on our rare overcast day but this smokey haze and horrid air quality has us all cooped up inside and quite grouchy. Happy GBBD. I hate August.

  8. Your flowers are all bodacious beauties, but it wouldn’t have mattered what photos you shared after that intro paragraph!

  9. I sent this comment three times yesterday on my crappy new browser but don't see it posted opening paragraph ever to a bloom day post!

  10. how marvelous all the blooms are,stunner were the nastutritum shots.
    have a great week ahead.

  11. Conditions may be frightful, but you still have a lot of nice blooms. I especially appreciate the Dahlias, Cardoon, and Cardinal Flower.


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