Blooms in August
Once again it is time for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (GBBD), hosted by May Dreams Gardens. GBBD provides a mid-month opportunity to count up our flowering plants like a latter day pirate counting his treasures. So put on your eyepatch, and let’s go.
The Driveway Border is the most colorful of all the front garden borders at this time, with blooms of yellow (Ratibida pinnata, Helianthus annuus ‘Italian White’), orange (Tithonia rotundifolia), blue (Agastache foeniculum, Buddleia ‘Adonis Blue), and purple (Eupatorium purpureum ssp. maculatum ‘Gateway’).
A closer look.
As a commenter recently said, ‘Italian White’ is a truly sweet sunflower. At this point in the season it is blooming profusely. For now I am deadheading the flowers, eventually I will leave them to self-sow and feed the goldfinches.
Agastache foeniculum and Tithonia rotundifolia make such a cute couple.
‘Gateway’ Joe Pye Weed is not fully in bloom but is colorful anyway.
Last year I deadheaded Rosa ‘Cassie’ but this year I haven’t. Hips are forming, but ‘Cassie’ keeps on blooming regardless.
The new flowers look so fresh you can imagine it is springtime.
While the Driveway Border puts forth a riot of color, the Island Bed is also hard to ignore. With cupplant (Silphium perfoliatum) and sweet joe pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum), the Island Bed combines stature with daisies of yellow and clouds of soft pink.
The cupplant really is just stupendously tall.
In the Sidewalk Border, ‘Raspberry Wine’ bee balm (Monarda didyma) is fading, but still has plenty of color. Soon I should do some deadheading, though.
The swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is also still blooming.
Oh, and remember sometime back I said there really were paths between these beds and borders? Well, here is the path between the Island Bed and the Driveway Border.
And here’s the path between the Sidewalk Border and the Island Bed.
In the Parkway Bed, calamint (Calamintha nepetoides) has clouds of tiny white flowers. Orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida) and brown eyed susan (Rudbeckia triloba) are just starting to flower.
Many of the daylilies are done for the year, but over in the Left Bank Garden (my new name for the other side of the driveway), ‘Egyptian Spice’ and ‘Chicago Apache’ are still pumping out blooms.
Finally, another street view of our house and garden.
Things are a lot quieter in the back garden. The most exciting blooms are the remaining ‘Casa Blanca’ oriental lilies.
‘Darlow’s Enigma’ continues to bloom through the summer as it climbs up our arbor.
And there are containers filled with New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri).
Finally, there is our one blackberry lily (Iris domestica), a gift from the birds. Since it seems intent on sticking around, I think I should get it some companions so it won’t get lonely.
For more blooms, head on over to May Dreams Gardens.
What’s your favorite bloom right now in your garden?