Garden Bloggers Bloom Day August 2008

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A lot of the plants from last month are still blooming, though most of them look a bit weather-beaten and are past their peak. Goldenrod, asters, and Joe Pye weed are starting in the fields. A careful inspection of the wooded hillside reveals the first flashes of red. I’ve always maintained that, for cold climate gardeners, autumn really starts in the middle of August. I suppose you could just as easily say that cold climate gardeners should start their “fall” planting in late summer. But it’s time to start thinking about it, that’s for sure.

Photo Gallery

Click on any thumbnail for a medium image, and click on the medium image for an even bigger one, if you want to see detail. If you click on the first thumbnail, you will be able to go through all of them without coming back to the main post to click the next one.

What’s in Bloom Now

Isn’t this sort of like browsing through someone’s library to see if they have the same taste in books?

  • Pansies
  • Petunias
  • Malva sylvestris ex ‘Bibor Felho’
  • Lemon Cap daylily
  • Bright Eyes phlox
  • Cerise Queen yarrow
  • globe thistle
  • Six Hills Giant catmint
  • Tunic Flower
  • ‘Wanderin Wind’ rose
  • Cynanchum ascyrifolium
  • William Shakespeare 2000 rose
  • Dot Purple mountain bluet
  • hollyhocks
  • Starfire phlox
  • moth mullein
  • larkspur
  • Shirley poppies
  • breadseed poppies
  • peony poppies
  • black-eyed Susans
  • Tangerine Gem Spanish poppy
  • Pardon Me daylily
  • Moonlight coreopsis (not Moonbeam)
  • peach-leaved bellflowers (2nd flush)
  • other daylilies with forgotten names
  • Commotion blanket flowers
  • Endless Summer hydrangea
  • Forever&Ever hydrangea (original)
  • sweet peas from Renees Garden seeds
  • Telstar mix annual dianthus
  • short little astilbe whose name I don’t know
  • Francee hosta
  • pink foxglove (secondary bloom stalks)
  • Johnny-jump-ups
  • Grandpa Ott’s morning glories
  • red bee balm
  • Blue Stocking bee balm
  • creeping bellflower
  • false sunflower
  • Sneezeweed yarrow
  • flowering tobacco
  • Henry lily
  • double pink soapwort
  • Rose of Sharon shrub

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day was created by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit the comments on her bloom day post to view the other participants and visit their gardens.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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Cindy August 17, 2008, 2:36 pm

I love that picture of the Grandpa Ott morning glory … it looks like a flying saucer about to take off! I’m glad you have so many blooms to enjoy and hope that you’ll continue to do so as long as possible. Here’s to a late winter for y’all and an early fall for us!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens August 16, 2008, 11:33 pm

You are already starting to see some hints of fall leaf color? Eek! Too soon, too soon, didn’t summer just start.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day. I like how show the pictures of your flowers.

Kathy Purdy August 16, 2008, 3:28 pm

Mr. McGregor’s daughter, I’m not at all sure I fertilized that one. I can’t remember now. I know I did fertilize the Endless Summer.

As for ‘Starfire,’ it is not a pure, unadulterated red. There is just a hint of blue in it. Looking at it, you’d still call it red, not violet, but it’s not red like a tulip or a rhoeas poppy can be. As for mildew, I really can’t remember it having mildew. The Chicago Botanic Garden has plant evaluation notes on phlox (#13) as well as many other species, evaluating them for hardiness and disease resistance. I think ‘Starfire’ was one of the cultivars rated.

Kathy Purdy August 16, 2008, 3:07 pm

If I hadn’t seen the cynanchum in full, glorious bloom at Seneca Hill Perennials, I’m sure I never would have thought of buying it. And the foliage does look like milkweed, especially the young sprouts of milkweed. You have to pay attention when weeding around it if you have a stubborn milkweed weed in the vicinity.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter August 16, 2008, 12:50 pm

That photo of the huge Hydrangea head has convinced me I need to fertilize my Mopheads next year. Do you like Phlox pan. ‘Starfire’? Is it really red? Does it get mildew? I’m looking for a red Phlox that won’t clash with Black Beauty Lily. The first hints of autumn are the red tinge to some of the wild geranium foliage and the beginning of the Cottonwood leaf drop.

Dee/ August 15, 2008, 8:49 pm

Happy Bloom Day my friend. It likes everything is fruitful there. Enjoy it now because it doesn’t look like you’ll have long to do so.~~Dee

Mary Ann Newcomer August 15, 2008, 7:46 pm

Wowser! That’s an impressive list and loverly photos. Thanks.

Nan Ondra August 15, 2008, 5:35 pm

Another beautiful gallery, Kathy. Your shot of ‘Grandpa Ott’ morning glory is especially striking. I was intrigued to see Cynanchum ascyrifolium on your list. I’d never heard of it, so I Googled it, and it looks really cool!

Fern August 15, 2008, 4:14 pm

Looks beautiful Kathy!!! Your list of blooming plants is longer than my entire list of plants. 😉

Anna August 15, 2008, 2:09 pm

You do have a lot blooming. If I could only stay in one place long enough–I’d have a long list too. Those morning glories are the prettiest I’ve seen. It was so nice to be in your garden today!

perennialgardenlover August 15, 2008, 12:39 pm

Lovely blooms for GBBD Kathy. I bet you are able to grow things later into the season that blooms in my early spring . That William Shakespeare 2000 rose is quite lovely. It has that old rose appeal with the full blossom. Grandpa Ott morning glories are pretty with their vibrant blue flower w/that purplish stripe.