Yesterday, Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, it rained here. The deluge started the previous day, and before last evening our rain gauge (four-and-one-half inches) overflowed. I did not take bloom-day photographs in the rain. I took pictures a day late, and to make matters worse, the zoom/macro feature on my camera doesn't work since I dropped it last week. Consequently, today there are no macro photos of flowers, but just the 'big picture' of my August blooms.
Although the garden was rather wet when I stepped out onto the back porch this morning, I welcomed the cooler temperatures the rain brought. I am glad to see there are blooms-a-plenty in my hanging baskets and planters.
|My favorite tea-pot planter is shown bottom-right, filled with coleus.|
|Viburnum (bottom front)|
|Zebra grass, Chinese lanterns, Autumn Glow sedum, ladies' mantle and Turks' cap lilies.|
|Chinese lanterns glow under a canopy of zebra grass.|
The goldenrod is budding, but no flowers.
|Four paths in the Woodland Walk are named for grandchildren. This one, Calvin Court, is named for a nephew.|
In the shade garden, the turtlehead is opening its first pink blooms.
|Turtehead Chelone 'Hot Lips'|
|Liriope 'Big Blue'|
In the beds around the pond there are still some colorful blooms: butterfly bush, daylilies and zinnias strut their stuff.
|Butterfly Bush Buddleia Dividi and Daylily Hemerocallis 'Chicago Apache"|
|Spider Flower Cleome and Butterfly Bush|
I fill some of the gaps when perennials decline with pots of zinnias and canna lilies.
One of my most reliable plants, and a beautiful groundcover, the perennial geranium is still lovely.
|Cranesbill, Perennial geranium|
|Montbretia Crocosmia 'Lucifer'|
|Purple cone flower Echinacea purpurea|
The picket-fence garden that borders the kitchen garden is very colorful with purple obedient plant, yellow black-eyed Susan, and red roses.
The 'volunteer' pumpkins growing out of the compost bin have turned orange already.
I planted zinnias and marigolds in the kitchen garden. Look how high the corn is in the lower field, now.
|Marigolds at the back, and beets at the front of this raised bed.|
The peas and beans are finished, but there are still flowers and fruit on the squash plants, although I don't believe I've had as many zucchini as usual this year.
I check out the dill seed heads for swallowtail butterfly caterpillars, but none this year.
Next, I check the milkweed. Wow! I am elated to find my first monarch caterpillar. I am so.o.o excited! I planted the milkweed especially for this purpose, and I am delighted it payed off so quickly. I wish my macro was working, but I manage to get an acceptable picture.
Feeling very happy, I pick a bunch of cottage-garden flowers and carry them to the Woodland Walk. As there are few blooms there, I decide to cheat a little, and place a vase in my favorite seating area.
|Obedient plant, black-eyed Susan, zinnias, and roses add color to the Woodland Walk.|
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