I am happy to report that our area is no longer “abnormally dry.” It is however, abnormally hot and humid. I have been moving plants in the cooler part of the day and keeping busy in the house the rest of the time. I’d thought I’d show you some highlights from August.I love them so much I created a border along the road to feature them. What’s up with that? They’ve had heat, they’ve had rain, and they look perfectly healthy, but they seem to be treading water, neither growing nor dying.
A couple of new plantsI wasn’t sure it would even make it to spring–but it did, and even has a second stem. It was labeled ‘Flame Light Pink’ but now that it’s bloomed, I think it’s ‘Flame White Eye’. Apparently the Flame series of Phlox paniculata is bred to be quite short, which explains why the division was so tiny. Now that I know that, I’ll probably move it sooner or later, as you can hardly see it where it is. Proven Winners sent it to me to try out–it’s a new introduction of theirs. It’s supposed to get as tall as a typical rose of Sharon (10-16ft; 3-4.9m) but only 2-3 feet wide (.6-.9m). I’ve got it in a pot right now because I’m still figuring out the best place for it. Hmm…where do I need a vertical accent? Can you imagine a whole allée of them? I thought they would provide a nice accent in bouquets. You can probably see from the wallflower in the background that the color works well with orange. Liatris and ‘Morning Light’ maiden grass complete the look on this corner of the Slope Garden. Turn the corner… This last one is not new, but every time it blooms I marvel anew that I managed to grow it from seed. (You can read that story here.) Extremely tall and extremely fragrant, they make sitting on the front terrace a perfumed delight.
Blooming in previous Augusts
My 14th anniversary of blogging is coming up later this month, so just for fun I’d thought I’d link to my other August Bloom Day posts. Apparently the first year I participated was 2008.
August 2013–skipped, in Quebec City
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.