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Monday, August 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - August 2011

Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for August 2011!

Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 5b garden in central Indiana, the blooms are set against a backdrop created by the driest July in recorded history and a stretch of days with high temperatures that were 90 F and above for over three weeks, besting a record set in the dust bowl year of 1936.

I ventured out into the garden early Sunday morning to find some blooms and was greeted by the rain gauge flaunting an inch of rain from overnight storms. Leaves still had droplets of water on them and the garden looked almost relieved.  I was relieved, too.

Without this rain, a visitor might have assumed the garden had been neglected. Plants cried out for water and the ground clung to its weeds like a toddler clings to a security blanket. I did some watering through the driest days, but you can never water like the rain.

Out in the vegetable garden, the sunflowers are beginning to bloom.  The bright, lemony yellow happy face above is one of the many colors of sunflowers found in a mix called Flash Blend from Botanical Interests

Nearby the zinnias are also blooming even though by mid-afternoon on many days, they were as wilted as week old lettuce.

These are are a hodge podge of varieties grown from seed sown directly in the garden in mid-June.  I think the late sowing actually helped them through the dry spell.

I've waited since spring to see the blooms in the newly planted August Dreams Gardens.

It's still filling in and finding its way. The large purplish-maroonish flowers are Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe', the little white daisy flowers on those wispy light stems belong to Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank' and the orange-ish flowers in the background are Helenium 'Helbro' sold as Mardi Gras.

One end of this garden border is anchored by a popular perennial that helps support many late summer gardens... Rudbeckia hirta,  Black-eyed Susans.


August would not be the same without two other blooms that I can always count on. The Resurrection Lilies, Lycoris sp., showed up on schedule, popping up from the bare ground, their spring foliage long gone.

And the August lillies, a passalong Hosta, bloomed in spite of what July did to its foliage.
It's been a long summer for them and they've looked better in past years.

Finally, as I walked around the garden, noting where the dry, hot summer did its damage, I found a little Viola, a bloom that likes it cool, blooming away in the garden, unaware of how out of place it looked with all the blooms of August.
The little viola probably has a lesson to teach us about overcoming adversity or something like that. I'll ponder that another day when it isn't so busy.

What’s blooming in your garden as summer starts to wind its way toward its end?

We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate and all are invited!

Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month, leave a comment here to tell us what you have waiting for us to see and then put your name and the url to your post on the Mr. Linky widget below so we can pay you a virtual visit!

“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence





115 comments:

Heather's Garden said...

I love the little surprise viola, Carol. We really can't control the garden, can we?

Rhonda Hayes said...

Love the little viola.

Town Mouse said...

Happy Bloom Day Carol! So glad you got some rain - yeah, I guess my garden does look a little neglected. 5-6 months without rain will do that ;->

Carol at OhWhatABeautifulGarden-Chicagoland said...

What a wonderful time of year to write about what is blooming - cuz the answer in our garden is dahlias!

Bernie said...

That little Viola really does lift the spirits. I love the good surprises in the garden. The other sort seem to happen rather too often. Love the colour of the Eupatorium. That is just gorgeous. Trust the Zinnias to come through a hard dry summer. They look terrific. It's nice to hear you are getting some rain at least.

David said...

Hi Carol,
I did not know you were fighting drought and heat as well. Your garden looks marvelous. I like the August Dreams idea. August is a tough month down here in Texas, but I've featuring purple flowers for the group.
Thanks for hosting.
David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

The rain had to be a relief for all, gardener and garden. The rain missed us and I have no clue how since it was a huge storm. But we are not nearly as bad as the rest of the country this August. You do have some pretty blooms this month. Happy GBBD to you.

MLight said...

I love the viola! I've got violas coming up from seeds in a well-watered pot, but they're not blooming yet. We've had a very dry summer here too, and many of my perennials are shorter than normal.

Thank you for hosting!

Caroline said...

I imagine you singing in the rain like Gene Kelly! Love your zinnias and rudbeckia. Happy GBBD!

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

You're so lucky to have had an inch of rain. We got a scant half inch yesterday; don't know the last time we had an inch. Love those raindrops on your plants.!

Bom said...

My first time to join GBBD!

It's so interesting to see that is blooming around the world. That is good news about your rain. I collect rain water but it rarely ever lasts beyond summer. Not just your viola with a lesson about adversity. I'd bet your hostas have a tale to tell as well.

Thanks for hosting!

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

Glad that you did get an inch! That was quite the storm last night. It kept me awake for a couple of hours! Anything for rain in August.

I love the lycoris... I have seen them but not thought of using them until seeing them here. Are they hardy in zone 5? I will have to check.

Thanks for the opprotunity to share with so many great gardeners! I enjoy the sharing.
Julie

garden girl said...

Your sunflower is such a happy photo to open your August Bloom Day post with Carol!

The weather this summer sure has taken its toll on things. I've been amazed how many pansies and violas has survived so long this year. I was thinking 'they' must be breeding them more heat-tolerant or something. Happy Bloom Day, and thanks for hosting!

Wendy said...

love that sweet little viola. We were all laughing at my husband the other day who was telling us a story about his childhood - and how they used to have "sunflower seed plants". We were like, uh...sunflower seed plants are just called sunflowers.

btw - I see no signs of neglect in your garden!

Hoover Boo said...

Lovely to see the classic prairie perennials like Rudbeckia and Eupatorium.

Hope you all in the Midwest and South get some cooler weather and rain soon!

Larry said...

I've come to really enjoy these 15th of the month postings... it's made me aware of a great number of blogs new to me and a whole lot of beauty... thanks for sponsoring it! Larry

Jeanne @ Muck About said...

I love that photo of the sunflower. The petals are almost translucent! Your surprise lilies (resurecction lilies) are already up. That's amazing. I guess with a little more heat they come up earlier than they do in my Portland, OR, garden!

Rebecca said...

It's great that we still have some blooms after the heat and lack of rain. Hopefully next month I'll still have a few flowers left to share. Thanks for hosting Bloom Day!

rosalie+gesine said...

I love your Zinnias, the colours are delicious!
In Germany the weather was also strange this year: in spring we had no rain for about two monthts and the summer was the most rainiest I remember.
Thanks for hosting GBBD!

Susan@Holly Grove said...

Thanks for hosting, I've made my first contribution to this event including summer pots, lilies and roses...

Autumn Belle said...

Sunny and happy blooms you have today! Happy GBBD!

Landscape Design By Lee said...

Happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day Carol! Your gardens are looking lovely. It's good to hear you got your rain. The well needed rains have finally been coming down for two days here in the northeast after a long drought and the gardens are loving it!

Why I garden... said...

The zinnias are one of my favourite! Happy BBD! Kelli

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have often wondered this horrid summer how your new landscaping was taking the heat and drought. I know that watering isn't near as beneficial as a good rain. For one thing you will know what will be hardy when normal returns to the garden and you see what survived. Happy Garden Bloom Day.

Sunray Gardens said...

Very pretty blooms going on still for August.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Craig @ Ellis Hollow said...

Thanks for hosting Carol. Scans are up here: http://remarc.com/craig/?p=1308

Victoria said...

Hi, Carol! For once - in honour of meeting you - I have managed to get my act together and write a GBBD post!
Love Victoria

Les said...

While travelling home from points north recently, I remarked at the dry landscape, too dry. However, once we reached our corner of Virginia the look changed to lush and full and moist. We have been blessed here with somewhat regular storm rains. I hope your rain gauge continues to see activity, because nothing deflates a gardener like a terrible drought.

Thanks once again for throwing a great party.

Claire, Plantpassion said...

lovely post as ever, and while you're fighting drought, we'v ehad a lot more rain than normal (after a record dry spring) - amazing what us gardeners can produce whatever the weather :)

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Carol, I am finding these monthly posts a really good way to record the garden's progress, thanks for hosting them.

Summer is definitely handing over to Autumn in my garden - earlier than usual.x

Corner Gardener Sue said...

We're getting some rain, too, after a very hot, dry July. I like that eupatorium. When I saw it, I thought it was oregano at first.

I still have quite a few blooms.

Gail said...

Hello Carol, Happy GBBD and thank you for hosting. xxoogail

Beth said...

Hi Carol, We too have had a hot, dry summer, at least the past two months. May and early June were very wet. You have some beauty in your garden and it was a pleasure to visit.
Blessings, Beth

Trainer John said...

Twelve more photos to give an idae of what is flowering in my Plymouth garden. Thanks again for hosting this.

Kate @ Gardening and Gardens said...

Hi Carol - I put the wrong link in there - here is the correct one. Not sure if you can fix it for me? http://gardeningandgardens.blogspot.com/2011/08/whats-blooming-august.html

Also, love your Black-eyed Susans. Mind just started blooming too and I think they look great!

Thanks for hosting, as usual.
Kate

Jane said...

That sunflower was a wonderful way to start my Monday morning. Thank you. The resurrection lilies are really cool. One of my gardening friends has a plant that acts in a similar way, but the blooms are purple and crocus-like. We’re located in Zone 5 in MI. Any ideas?

Happy Bloom Day all!

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Carol, sorry to hear that your summer has been so tortuous! We've had a hot summer here in Denver, too, but a relatively wet one. It makes all the difference in the world!
Thanks for hosting today's garden extravaganza!

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

What a beautiful sunflower! We just got about three inches of rain Friday and Saturday and it was welcome indeed, but we're not suffering from the kind of drought you are too. Definitely makes gardening more of a challenge.

The Violet Fern said...

The garden sure has been challenged. Here, by an extremely wet spring followed by extreme heat and no rain. Still, the garden blooms on. Love the combo of little joe, snowbank and mardi gras!

Lancashire rose said...

So glad you finally had some rain. I am sure your garden will spring back to life. We had rain last night for the first time in our 6 week trip. It pounded on the roof of the trailer but this morning there is a clear blue sky again and everything is refreshed( All the plants I am carrying back from Seattle fling, including the one that bloomed especially for this day). Happy bloom day.

The Sage Butterfly said...

How lucky we are to see your garden after a good rain! The viola is such a great symbol of strength and beauty in diffult times. Thank you for hosting!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the bloom day, we have had lots of dry weather here as well and my astillbe look like your hostas do no matter how much hand watering I do. Today..lots of RAIN! My August border is just coming in to it's own, and was worth the wait! If it only didn't mean fall was around the corner....

HolleyGarden said...

This summer sure has been one of the record books in so many places. Love your sunflower and zinnias. They look so cheerful and happy. I'm posting again about the roses that are blooming in my garden. It's been a hard year for any plant here! Thanks again for hosting. I look forward to seeing what's blooming in my garden every month, and in other gardens, too.

Bumble Lush said...

I look forward to GBBD. I see it as a marker for progress in my garden compared to the previous month. I'm happy to report that I have more sunflowers this month than last! Beautiful blooms, Carol, especially the nice row of zinnias. Happy August!

dorothy said...

I have only scattered blooms in my garden. The heat of August is hard on the plants, but there are always the reliables that appear on schedule. We have the Belladonna Lilies (Amaryllis belladonna) which are cousins to your Resurrection Lilies, and I always have to smile when they make their annual August appearance
wearing their blooms and nothing else. What a way to beat the heat!
Happy Bloom Day!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I'm so glad your garden has been revived. July was just awful here until the last week, now we're swamped. My Lycoris is also blooming, but my August lilies are late this year. Don't look at yours, just enjoy the fantastic scent.

Jayne said...

Hello, this is my first GBBD, been meaning to get involved for ages! I think it's a wonderful idea, thanks for hosting!

danger garden said...

Hi Carol! I'm so happy to have met you last month in Seattle, it makes this month all the better to finally have met the person behind the blog.

Love your zinnia's...some day I'll remember to plant some seeds.

Theodore said...

Is there any place in the country getting the right amount of rain this year? In Chicago, we had the same dry July, rain started with 8" on 7/23 and has hardly stopped since. We're now the second wettest year on record. After the heat toasted everything, the rain mostly benefited the weeds.

Your Zinnia seemed to fare better than ours.

VP said...

Just like your little Viola I have plenty of out of season flowers in the garden this month.

However, I've chosen to show off a spiky version of one of my favourite flowers this month instead.

It was great to meet you in Seattle at last :)

Happy Blooms Day everyone!

Sheri said...

Hi Carol, Thanks for hosting. Glad you got a bit of rain. Sheri

rosekraft said...

My first time participating - hope to become a regular.
Rudbeckias have always been a favorite - very evocative of late summer!

Big Jen said...

Happy Bloom Day!

curtissannmatlock said...

Oh, we have all had drought and flood this year. No, we cannot water like rain. Makes us appreciate when it finally does rain. Love, love, love the Resurrection Lilies! Putting them on my list.

WashingtonGardener said...

For some reason my Naked Ladies (aka Resurrection Lilies) were about a month earlier than all my neighbors, so mine are long gone now. But I love seeing them pop up everywhere esp at the homes of non-gardeners who likely have no idea they were there.

ryan said...

I love the cheery sunflower and black-eyed susan. I don't have either of those in my garden, but they're so nice. Thanks for hosting bloom day. A great turnout as always. Cheers.

Paul From Alabama said...

I just want to say how much fun it is to participate in this every month, I sure enjoy it. I look forward to posting pictures of my garden and visiting all the other gardeners' blogs to see what's blooming now in their gardens too....I hope some of you will pay me a visit and I look forward paying all of you a visit who post here today and the next few days. It takes a while to see everyone but its always a really nice journey and well worth the time. You folks have a nice gardening day.

Janet/Plantaliscious said...

I do love your zinnias Carol, mine all got munched before they ever flowered. But I think the viola takes the prize. Happy GBBD, and thank you for hosting.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful photos! Can't wait to check out all of the links. I just found a link to your blog today and I'm your newest follower! I'm so glad I found your blog and I'm looking forward to reading your posts.

Helen said...

It has been such a crazy summer, I decided to do a bit of a crazy post. Looking forward to reading what good things might be happening elsewhere. Thanks, as always, for hosting, Carol.

Desert Dweller said...

Your flowers look nice, regardless of your hot / dry weather. Seems Texas' generosity with their heat and humidity is so great, they are sharing with Indiana, too. Not my fault this time!

Melissa said...

Happy bloom day

Iris said...

What a crazy little viola! So pretty. Your zinnias are very cheerful, too. Happy GBBD!

The Constant Gardener said...

I adore your sunflower! Always so cheerful. We've had a wierd summer too - now it's raining. Alot.

My GBBD post is at www.wellylady.blogspot.com. Thanks for hosting Carol!

Birdwoman said...

Your blooms are lovely this month, as they are every month. Thanks for being our ever-gracious hostess.

Janet said...

I'm at the end again. One 15th of the month I will be organized. Looking forward to having a read through other people's posts. Thanks for hosting, Carol.

Ann said...

"you can never water like the rain". Well here in seattle we have had no significant rain for 3 months, so watering is the only way we stay "the emerald city!"

Garden Mentor said...

A bright sunny sunflower. Mine are just opening. We are so far behind this year and with so little left of summer to catch up. Thanks for sharing that ray of sunshine!

GardenAngelMum said...

can't believe it's the middle of August! Enjoyed all the blooms of summer.

Ruthie said...

Carol, Love the Lycoris. Maybe I'll put in some more!

Linda said...

The viola does have the sweetest face. Looks as if you're not too bothered by snails - I think my poor munched viola might pack its bags and head on over to you!

bookworm said...

A drizzly day in upstate NY. Our garden is lush but, a bit surprisingly, it hasn't been the most successful year for us. But I am grateful we have rain!

Tom said...

This really has been a crazy summer, it's amazing anything wants to bloom at all!

greggo said...

I like the nickname resurrection lilies better than naked ladies.

Kathy said...

My August bloom day was brightened by new plants given to me by a friend. Passalong plants, can't beat 'em!

Andrea said...

Hi Carol joining in for the first time today, wonderful post and hope to look at a few others. Love your Sunflowers and Zinnas!!

shirl said...

Hello Carol, wishing you a Happy GBBD. Gosh... that poor hosta... if I could send rain your way, I would. Hope you get some soon :-)

MulchMaid said...

I wish I had planted a sunflower like yours, Carol - I love them so.

In my garden, I'm very happy because one of my three giant pineapple lilies, Eucomis pole-evansii, is finally blooming this year.

Malar said...

Those are pretty bloom even though in hot summer! Amazing!
This is my 1st time to take part in GBBD

Sarah said...

Other than the dratted morning glories, my fuschia, hostas, and roses are happily blooming and my bachelor's buttons are just starting.

Unfortunately, so is my blog. Hopefully by next month it will be up and running enough for me to participate in this. My computer's dying on me, so it all depends on how quickly those problems get ironed out.

Amy said...

Those resurrection lilies are beautiful! You've got to love the hardiness of bulbs. And I'm so glad you got some summer rain; I've got my fingers crossed that we'll get some in Texas soon.

muckabout said...

Here I am as usual, bringing up the rear! I finally posted my bloomers on the day to do it, instead of a few days late! So any points for that?

Your beautiful sunflower looks like 'Valentine' one of my favorites!

I'm rain dancing for rain for all my parched garden friends! But I'm not doing a resurrection lily dance, I promise!

Debbie Teashon said...

Above post was me. Debbie Teashon

Dreamybee said...

I'm so glad you got some rain relief today-what a nice surprise...for you AND your flowers! I love your sunflowers!

jeansgarden said...

Carol, You've got a lot to show in your garden, especially considering what a brutal summer you've had "under the heat dome." I was happy to see your Lycoris, because that is a plant I'm about to add to my own garden. Thanks again for hosting. -Jean

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I think that every time I see those resurrection lilies... I think that I REALLY need to steal some (I have permission) from my grandmother's garden this year. And then, come the end of the month, I completely forget! Glad that you shared yours here... happy GBBD. :)

Ginny said...

What a sweet surprise that little viola must have been!

Kristin said...

Love the Rudbeckia as it's such great performer in August. Always look so fresh when other flowers are winding down.

John said...

Your posting reminds me that I never got around to posting about the rain lilies this year that were such a welcome relief to the August doldrums. Thanks for hosting again.

PlantPostings said...

I'm glad you got some rain and a little relief from the heat. It was a scorcher this summer, wasn't it?! Thanks again for hosting!

cityslipper (small ktichen garden) said...

Woo-hoo! Finished my Bloom Day post while it was still Bloom Day in my time zone! Lots of vegetable plant blossoms this month, but my photos reveal that I've broken out and actually planted a few ornamentals this year. I hope those extras don't marginalize me as a kitchen gardener! Does it feel like Autumn to you?

My garden haven said...

The bed of zinnias look cheerful enough, despite the dry spell. Thanks for another great GBBD.
Rosie

Kerri said...

I'm so glad you've had some good rain too, Carol. It's a joy to see the gardens revive after a good soaking rain, isn't it?
I can't help smiling at that happy sunflower face :)
Love those Resurrection lilies!
Happy Bloom Day and thanks for hosting.

Christina said...

We both began our posts with comments about the unseason weather; cooler and wetter for me and hotter and dryer for you. Your garden looks lovely despite the hot weather so you must be pleased. Did I understand correctly that you'd planted an area especially for August - what a good idea. Christina

webb said...

Didn'[t have time yesterday to look at any of the posts, so will enjoy doing it this morning when I need to fill a lot of time.

Thanks for hosting - love the violet. Makes me feel cool and calm.

Hannah said...

It's amazing how your flowers look despite all the heat. Here in the PNW we have had cool weather which is hard on the tomatoes and other heat lovers. I'm grateful for the other vegetables that don't need so much heat.

Wendy said...

I'm late. I'm in Europe and I never know what day or time it is in the US. Nice sunflowers, Carol!

Cally said...

It's taken me months to get myself organised enough to post some of my Bloom Day photo's on my blog. Happy to finally be joining in with what's growing here in the South of Scotland.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

What a great assortment. I am jealous of your blooming sunflowers: mine is a tiny bud. But I have roses!

Cynthia said...

Lovely blooms in your garden! I know you enjoyed the rain . . .

Cassy said...

Stunning and beautifully captured Flowers. Love them all.


Cassy from Beginner Free Guitar Lessons

Yael said...

I always love the sunflowers, and you have some beautiful ones. The large light yellow one is stunning..so summery.

Yael

Patty View From the Garden said...

Hopefully July's heat and drought is gone for good! The cool and rain was welcomed in my central Iowa garden as it was in Indiana. Your sunfower is gorgeous - so happy and bright!

beangenie said...

What a sweet viola - beautiful. Sometimes the surprises are among the best things we have...

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Carol, I'm a day late because of rain -- yes, some of us are getting it. Thank you for hosting GBBD, my favorite day of the month! I'll pray some of our rain comes your way! P. x

Masha said...

It is great to see how many blooms you have in August! I love the pastel colors of your Resurrection Lilies, and the little Viola with raindrops.

Cathy and Steve said...

As always, I enjoy visiting the other gardens posted on this blog site. Thanks for hosting Bloom Day!

Annie in Austin said...

The hostas may have flowers but the leaves bear silent witness to what a tough year you're having, Carol. Record breaking is only cool in sports - not in gardening!

Thank heavens for sunflowers and zinnias.
Nothing is lush here, but some things are alive. My GBBD post is on the main blog; the list with botanical names is at Annie's Addendum.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Orkneyflowers said...

Thank you very much, lovely to get to know your garden, pity about the climate we've had the exact different from you. Cold and rainy. I'm a bit late, but hope that will be OK. I'll endeavour to try again next month!

Egretta Wells blog said...

Carol, thank you for your kind comments on my blog, I love Bloggers Bloom Day and am trying to learn how to participate! Your blooms here are beautiful. It has been so hot, but we can count on sunflowers and zinnias!

Rose said...

Your zinnias are looking good, Carol, and I love the new 'Little Joe.'

I just got back from Oregon after being away a week and a half, so I'm very late in putting up my Bloom Day post this month, but didn't want to miss it! I was just happy when I returned to find any blooms at all in this heat and drought:)

The Garden On Loch Ness said...

Just discovered Blogger Bloom day via other uk blogs, great idea. You garden looks fabulous, we have an explosion of annuals colour at the moment in Scotland.

Kimberley said...

I am very new to the garden blog world, and just today (the 19th) learned about Bloom Day. I've gone ahead and posted some Bloom Day pictures, even though they are four days late. I hope I will be forgiven!

Gardening with Juanita said...

I am a gardener of about 30 years. I bought this place in 2006 so this is a new garden.

catmint said...

thank you so much Carol for hosting GBBD - I only wish I started sooner, but never late than never! cheers, catmint