The August garden seems to have a certain maturity to it here in my garden. Long gone are the sprouts and tiny flower buds of spring and in their place are mature plants, some just starting to flower and others continuing a show that started much earlier in the summer.
These blooms are what I call August Lilies, an old-time variety of Hosta that actually blooms in August. Unlike the smaller hosta blooms I see in June and July, these blooms are bigger and have a sweet scent that is lovely and heavy like a hot summer day.
They are passalong plants from my sister-in-law, but they could just have easily come from my grandmother's garden, as I remember she had hostas that flowered in late summer in her garden, too.
Late summer? I don't like the sound of that!
The surprise liles (Lycoris sp.) started blooming a week or so ago.
Some gardeners call these Resurrection Lilies because the foliage comes up in the spring and dies back, and then out of nowhere it seems, these stems come up with these big pink blooms. Others call them Naked Ladies because they lack leaves when they bloom.
Last summer, my Resurrection/Surprise Lilies were planted over by the side of the house near an air conditioning unit so I dug them up later in the fall and moved them. I think they look a lot better mixed in with other flowers. And since I moved them, it seems like I have a lot more of them.
Last fall, I also planted Hydrangrea paniculata 'Tardiva'.
It is definitely going to brighten up the area where it's planted. Those blooms seem to get whiter every day.
Another white bloom is out in the vegetable garden. This is cilantro gone to seed. I need to work on my timing so that the cilantro is ready to harvest for making salsa at the same time as the tomatoes and peppers are ready to be picked.
On the edge of the garden, the 'Concord' grapes are starting to turn to purple.
These add some color, so I'm counting them as "blooms". My garden, my rules!
It won't be long before these are ready to be picked and I can make some grape jam again.
The other day, I saw that some of the Chrysanthemums are starting to bloom. It seems too soon! Then I noticed one of the 'Autumn Joy' Sedum is starting to show some color on its bloom, too. I can see 'autumn' in these blooms, just like I hear 'autumn' arriving in the garden every time I hear the cicadas in the trees.
But let's not think too far ahead, let's just enjoy August for awhile longer.
What's blooming in your garden today? Show us with your own post for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
It's easy to participate. Just post on your own blog about what is blooming in your garden mid-August. You can include pictures and words, just pictures or just words. Botanical names are strictly optional. It's your blog, your rules!
Once you've posted about your blooms, come back here to this post and leave a comment, so we can find you and see what's blooming in your garden.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
My list of blooms includes:
Coreopsis rosea – Pink Thresdleaf Coreopsis
Coreopsis verticillata – Threadleaf Coreopsis
Echinacea purpurea – Coneflowers
Helianthus helianthoides 'Loraine Sunshine'
Hemerocallis – Daylilies, primarily 'Stella D'Oro'
Hosta – un-named varieties, purple and white flowers
Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’
Leucanthemum x superbum – Shasta daisies (barely)
Nasturtims - several varieties
Phlox paniculata – Purple, White, and Pink
Platycodon grandiflora - Balloon Flower
Rudbeckia hirta - Black-eyed Susan’s
Tagetes – Marigolds
Zinnia – Purple, pink, white, and my favorite, green
Pardancanda - Candy Lily Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
Clematis integrifolia ‘Alba’
Potentilla fruticosa 'Alba'
Rose – White Flower Carpet
Spirea japonica ‘Limemound’
Lychnis - Surprise Lily
Chrysanthemum - light purple
Hydrandea paniculata 'Tardiva'
Platycodon grandiflorus - Balloon flower
Digitalis purpurea - Foxglove