I was a bit concerned that August would have no blooms of her own, and I would have to post about the flowers still hanging on from July. Thankfully, I do have many of the flowers of July still going strong in spite of the heat and drought, including good 'ol tough flowers like zinnias, marigolds, ox-eye daisies, black-eyed susan's and coneflowers.
But even with August not being known as a big month for flowers to start blooming, and in spite of the excessive heat and drought, I do have a few new blooms to post about.
The blooms above are on an ornamental sweet potato vine. It had one or two blooms on it earlier in the summer, but as the days have gotten hotter, it has started to bloom more, so I will give August credit for it.
This is a miniature Hosta in bloom, 'Pandora's Box'.
It's blooming in my miniature garden where it won't get lost or trampled amongst the big hostas.
Of course the August Lilies are blooming. This is a passalong hosta that I think would be what my grandmother had in her garden, and even mentioned in her diaries.
These have a sweet scent and are near where the hose faucet is, so each time I lean down to turn on the water, I get a big whiff of them
The False Dragon's Head, Physostegia virginiana has also started to bloom. This plant mis-behaves a bit in the garden, even though one of its common names is Obedient Plant, so I planted it on the utility side of the garage, near some self-sowing Four O'Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa). "Misbehaves" means it self-sows all over the place so plant it with caution.
I also have a variegated False Dragon's Head, Physostegia virginiana 'Variegata' but it isn't blooming yet, and I don't know if it will bloom this year.
It is better behaved so I planted it in another perennial bed in the back yard.
These variegated liriope or lilyturf won't draw a crowd, but they have blooms!
This particular variety is Liriope muscari 'Silvery Sunproof'.
I also have a creeping lilyturf, Liriope spicata with small white flowers hidden down in its plain dark green foliage. The picture I took of it is fuzzy, so I'll spare you from looking at it. (Note: If I was trying to breed a better lilyturf, I'd look for those that have longer stems on the flowers, so the bloom isn't so hidden in all the foliage.)
The squash plants don't know it's August, so they keep blooming.
I can see that I have some more 'Cue Ball' squash to harvest. Don't remind me!
Everything else is pretty much leftover or reblooming from July, though admittedly not doing as well as they were in July. I won't relist them all here, you can go to the July post if you want to see what any of them are.
What's blooming in your garden today? We'd love to have you show us and tell us about your blooms today!
It's easy to participate in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th of each month. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden, and then leave a comment here so we can find you and visit to see all your pretty flowers.
If you don’t have a blog, feel free to list your blooms in a comment below.
If you have too many blooms to list or not enough time, just go with your top ten list or top five list or even one special bloom and join us anyway. And botanical names are strictly optional. All are welcome!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence