Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bloom Day August 2015

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Technically, August is the middle of summer, but it feels like we should already be in fall, it's been such a hot, dry summer this seems like it's been summer since May. One thing is certain, I'm looking forward to fall...even more so than usual! Still, things could be worse, so I try to ignore the areas that are sparse...including the ones I just never got planted this spring...since we skipped spring this year. Let's take a stroll through the garden, shall we?

echinacea and achnatherum
Summer belongs to the Composites, aka, the Daisies...and to me, there is nothing that compares to the elegant simplicity of the Echinacea. Here we have good old 'Magnus' backed by Achantherum calamagrostis.

echinacea at sunset
And here, in an idyllic summer vignette, 'Magnus' again, sandwiched between a gauzy haze of Deschampsia 'Schottland' and Panicum 'Cheyenne Sky'.

echinacea showoff1
As much as I like 'Magnus', I wish the form was a little more like the species...for that, we have the wonderful 'Showoff'...which is my favorite Echinacea at the moment...just love those reflexed petals.

rudbeckia in sun
While summer gets kicked off by the Echinacea, it's heralded in full-throated glory by the various Rudbeckias...their bold, unabashed golden colors look so comfortable in a summer border.

geranium and rudbeckia sunny
Pair them with blue and/or violet and you have a classic, winning combination.

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The blue above, of course, is provided by the garden stalwart, Geranium 'Rozanne'...always dependable, always beautiful.

geranium ann folkard
And, of course, there's fellow Geranium, 'Ann Folkard'...who is having the best year ever, surprisingly. Usually, she seems to fizzle out once the heat of summer hits, but this year, she is unfazed and growing rampantly and mingling with bedfellow, 'Rozanne'...the hussies!

allium millenium
Allium 'Millennium' has been in this bud stage for what seems like weeks...JUST BLOOM!

blue blazes
The Agastaches this year are a mixed bag. The 'Blue Blazes' that were planted in the ground all failed to return, those in pots, however, are loving life.

agastache desert sunrise
Agastache 'Desert Sunrise' blooms away happily, even though it's literally growing in a pile of gravel...the same plant in the garden...dead.

agastache blue boa
The big surprise this year was Agastache 'Blue Boa', which I've had trouble overwintering in the past...sailed through last winter and was blooming already in shows no sign of stopping.

ammi majus sunrise
I finally broke down and purchased several plants of Ammi majus...I want umbels!

bee on verbena hastata
After falling in love with Verbena hastata at a recent garden tour, I snapped one up during a recent trip to Joy Creek...I think the bees love it as much as I do.

verbena in sun
Of course, there are numerous Verbena bonariensis around the garden. I have so many now that I don't feel guilty when I pull a few out here and there...I'll always have more ;-)

vernonia southern cross
The fabulous Vernonia 'Southern Cross' is starting to put out it's electric purple blooms. I love Vernonias, but most of them are far too big for my tiny garden with its lack of real sun...this is a shorter variety that, for all intents and purposes, looks like a tall Amsonia until it blooms. A bonus, the seedheads are the most wonderful shade of rusty pink during the winter.

sedum sunsparkler
Some of the Sedums are also starting their floral show, here we have a new one (to me) 'Sunsparkler Dazzleberry'...not sure who thought up that name!

sedum xenox
One of my favorites, even it it tends to splay out a bit for me, 'Xenox'.

scabiosa ochroleuca
My beloved Scabiosa ochroleuca keeps on blooming...such a great plant!

knautia macedonica
The related Knautia macedonica are also blooming away happily...totally unfazed by the heat and drought.

impatiens balfourii
While I tried to eradicate them last year, there are still random plants of Impatiens balfourii popping up here and there...I will probably regret letting them bloom next year.

eupatorium little joe
August is typically prime season for the Joe Pye weeds as we have the compact, but still fairly tall, 'Little Joe'

eupatoirum perfoliatum
Here, a variety of Eutrochium perfoliatum that I can't remember the name matter, the bees are happy, regardless.

north border vignette
And, of course, the big guy, Eutrochium atropurpureum (I think). I think it was just labeled as 'Joe Pye Weed' I'm not 100% sure what variety it is. I'm not sure why, but this year it's much more "open" and spreading...much less upright...perhaps I need to thin out the canes next year?

persicaria firetail h
If you have heavy clay soil, you owe it to yourself to give Persicaria a try. They aren't the most drought-tolerant plants ever...but they do well with just a bit of extra water...and repay your attention with masses of these wonderful ruby wands.

persicaria golden arrow wider
'Golden Arrow' has had the toughest time of all the Persicaria this scorched badly and then proceeded to completely open up, flopping everywhere. I corseted it with some twine, however, and once the weather cooled a bit, it seems to have bounced back.

persicaria orangefield
I spotted this variety 'Orangefield' at a local nursery a month or so ago, and in spite of my aversion to orange flowers, purchased it out of curiosity. Luckily, it's not even close to it gets to stay ;-)

golden sunrise
I'm sure I've forgotten a few things...but that's enough for let's take a look at the wider we have the North Border looking East.

north border from east
The North Border looking West.

front garden from north
The Front Border looking South.

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The Front Border looking North.

whole house view
And a shot of pretty much everything.

echinacea deschampsia sunset
I hope you're having a good summer and enjoying it for what it is...for more bloomy goodness, head on over to May Dreams Garden.

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