|Unknown species of Rudbeckia|
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, I am astounded by the difference between this year's blooms and last year's blooms.
Last year, we had no rain all summer. This year, we've had rain mostly when we've needed it and as a result, there is far more blooming now than compared to last year.
I will take this year, hands down, over last year.
Let's start in the flower border I call August Dreams Gardens. It is planted with prairie type plants that will mostly bloom in August or later.
At one end, I planted some tall black-eyed Susan type flowers, pictured above. I am becoming quite lax of late in regards to plant labels and tags and so I no longer knew which species this is. But it is four to five feet tall.
|August Dreams Garden Border|
Across the path from August Dreams Garden, I have a clematis climbing up and throw a bayberry shrub, making it appear that the bayberry is blooming.
|Unknown clematis blooming in bayberry|
Across the way, a dwarf butterfly bush is blooming and attracting butterflies.
|Butterfly on a butterfly bush|
A volunteer Verbena bonariensis nearby is attracting bees to the garden.
|Bees are an affirmation of a garden's health.|
Another bloom that is attracting many pollinators to the garden is calamint, Calamintha nepeta supsp. nepeta.
|A mostly well-behaved member of the mint family|
There are other blooms in the garden in mid-August. Many of them including coneflowers, shasta daisies, the Knock-out roses, and hydrangeas are carry overs from July. Others, include the old-fashioned hosta that I call August Lilies are just beginning to bloom.
All of them are a delight to me, and make me love my garden this year, especially.
What's blooming in your garden in mid-August? I'd love to see and read about whatever it is that brightens your garden on the 15th of every month.
Please join in with your own Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post. Just post on your blog about what is blooming this month in your garden and then come back here and leave a link to your blog post in the Mr. Linky widget below along with a brief comment to entice us to virtually visit your garden.
The rules for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day are simple... no rules! You can include pictures, lists, no lists, common names, botanical names, whatever you’d like to do to showcase your blooms. You can post early, you can post late. We are grateful for whatever you share with us. Thank you, and all are welcome!
Now, say it together with me...
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence