Like August last year, my Bloom Day stars are the dahlias, lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum), and zinnias. The dahlias and zinnias are less profuse than mid-month last year but I think that's largely attributable to the fact that I planted both my tubers and seeds late this year.
|Clockwise from the upper left, the dahlias that have made appearances thus far this season are: 'Loverboy', 'Otto's Thrill', 'Punkin Spice', and 'Terracotta'|
A few other plants are making their seasonal splash as well.
|Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid' is covered with blooms and bees this month|
|Magnolia grandiflora makes up for its summer litter habit with lots of beautiful blooms|
|Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum's' summer-to-fall bloom cycle is off to a good start|
The bed I featured last month is still the most colorful space in my garden.
There were a few surprises as well.
|Amaryllis belladonna (aka the naked lady lily) produced a single bloom stalk. This and 23 other bulbs were sent to me by Tammy of Casa Mariposa in March 2015. I got a few blooms last year but this is the first one thus far this year. I'm hoping it's the start of a stampede, despite our very poor winter rain..|
|Two of my begonias recovered sufficiently from the nuclear heatwave in early July to produce new blooms. The one on the left is 'Fragrant Falls Peach'. I've lost the name of the one on the right.|
|My fuchsias in the lath (shade) house also recovered from the heat blast. On the left is Fuchsia 'Galfrey Lye'. 'Mendonoma Belle' is on the upper right and 'Old Berkeley' is on the lower right.|
|A light scattering of rain lilies (Zephyranthes candida) appeared in response to the extra water they received|
As has become my habit, I'll close with collages covering the best of the rest.
|Top row: Asclepias physocarpa, Asparagus densiflorus, and Gazania 'White Flame'|
Middle row: Tanacetum parthenium, Scaevola 'Surdiva White', and Helianthus 'Sun-fill Green'
Bottom row: Pandorea jasminoides, Phylica pubescens, and Lantana 'Lucky White'
My biggest disappointments this August are my sunflowers. I planted seeds late; germination was low; and repeated heatwaves sapped the strength of the few seedlings that sprouted. The plants I got had spindly stems easily broken by strong winds. Lesson learned! Next year I'll start my sunflowers much earlier, in pots if space in the cutting garden is temporarily limited as was the case this year.
For more Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts, visit our esteemed host, Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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