The summer cutting garden got off to a slower start this year, mainly because the cooler temperatures that persisted throughout the spring months continued into June and July, allowing cool season plants like foxgloves and Delphinium to hang on. The space they took up delayed sowing of summer annuals; however, I planted my Dahlia tubers on a timely basis and their flowers currently reign supreme.
|Dahlia 'Bluetiful' is new to my garden this year. Although more subdued than some of the others, I appreciate both its form and its blue-ish color.|
|'Enchantress', also new this year, undergoes the most dramatic changes as she matures|
|I wasn't enamored with this newbie, 'Hollyhill Karen Lee', when she first emerged but her incurved petal have grown on me (pun intended)|
|I knew 'Labyrinth' was a winner the first moment she began to unfurl her petals. The tuber I planted last year rotted. I'm happy to have 2 healthy plants this year.|
Although my sunflower seedlings are still spindly, my Zinnias are finally taking off and, after pulling several foxgloves, I've planted a few other summer annuals from small nursery pots too.
|I picked up 3 Amaranthus caudatus in small pots a month ago. They're growing well and I love their unique flowers.|
Outside the cutting garden the flowers are fewer but some are worthy of note.
|Amaryllis belladonna (aka naked lady) is having a banner year. Tammy of Casa Mariposa sent me about 2 dozen bulbs she'd dug out of her garden in 2015. I promptly planted all of them and, although the foliage showed up in 2016 and every year thereafter, I'd previously only had one or 2 blooms each year. This year closer to a dozen flower stalks have made an appearance. That was undoubtedly a byproduct of our ample winter rainfall.|
|Among the succulents, Cotyledon orbiculata has one of the prettiest flowers|
|Drought tolerant heat-lovers, the Lantanas are doing just fine this month. The only one that's not blooming at the moment is the 'Lucky White' cultivar in my front garden but I suspect my delayed pruning set those plants back.|
|Trichostemma 'Midnight Magic', a hybrid of California's native woolly blue curls, is much more well behaved|
My perpetual bloomers are still blooming as well.
|Clockwise from the upper left: Gomphrena 'Itsy Bitsy', Grevilleas 'Ned Kelly', 'Peaches & Cream' and 'Superb', and Cuphea 'Starfire Pink' (with and without bee) are always in bloom. The Cuphea and Grevilleas attract hordes of bees and hummingbirds.|
Two of the largest blooming plants in last year's August garden burned out earlier than usual this year. They peaked during the first few days of the month and look a good deal sorrier today than they did in the following photos.
|Albizia julibrissin (aka mimosa) bloomed well this year despite literally being cut in half last year when surgery was performed to eliminate limbs infested by shot-hole borers|
|Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid' surprised me with a mass of blooms in late July. In my defense, I was distracted by the kick-off of our home remodel. This tree-like shrub is also a bee and butterfly magnet.|
As usual, I've assembled collages featuring the less dramatic blooms August has to offer.
|Top row: Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' and Coreopsis 'Big Bang Redshift'|
Middle row: Gaillardias 'Arizona Sun' and 'Fanfare Citronella' and Lonicera japonica
Bottom row: Sedum reflexum and Rosa 'Medallion'
That's it for my August 2019 Bloom Report. For more Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts, check in with Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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