I have promised myself someday I will return to painting (but this month I did not).
My grandmother’s mossy front yard held a magical surprise and each summer I was delighted by the appearance of her spider lilies. Finally in 2015 I added some to my own garden and today was the magical day they burst forth into bloom.
Usually there are plentiful zinnias to use indoors butI have left them outside for now, the few zinnias from a second sowing. Finally they are in bloom, six or seven weeks later than normal due to the rabbit “crisis”.
Nearby, asclepias has rebloomed.
There are other small pleasures.
Lantana will continue well into October. On any given day it is a popular gathering place for butterflies and skippers. Today there were six Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, yesterday swallowtails and a couple of monarchs.
The oakleaf hydrangea leaves point toward autumn, as do changes in light and pulsating sounds of cicadas, but mostly there is just a knowing deep inside, an inner sense that fall is near. Every time I stepped outside this past week I felt it.
I enjoyed seeing Chloris’ Top Ten August Blooms this morning and decided on a whim to join in this month. I have not spent enough time in my garden this year. I knew there would be zinnias and dahlias but honestly was relieved to walk around and find I could meet the requirement of sharing ten different blooms. These are what I saw today.
Flowers in my garden at early morning were still bathed in rainwater after yesterday’s storms. Rudbeckia laciniata is growing in three different parts of the garden. Flowers are giving over to cones, but there are a few fresh blooms.
Perovskia atriplicifolia has struggled some years, but is doing well in the Southern Path.
This salvia is spreading slowly through the southern border, but never overreaches. In the past it took breaks before reblooming in cooler days, but this summer it has shrugged off dry weather and heat and kept going.
Buddleja davidii ‘Adokeep’ has been given more space and sun this year. It responded to being cut back sharply in early spring. This is invasive in some places and I would not miss having it but it has been difficult to dig out. Despite its butterfly-attracting reputation, it doesn’t seem to draw much attention.
Lantana camara has been a magnet for swallowtails and other pollinators, though I saw only one butterfly this morning while I was taking pictures.
Leucanthemum bloomed profusely for weeks this summer. This morning a lone flower stood bravely among drying seeds.
Physostegia virginiana, a passalong from my garden mentor, Virgie, began blooming this week.
Cleome has bloomed cheerfully all summer. It reseeds freely but is easy to remove.
A new addition to the garden in 2019, Crinum ‘Powellii’ looked promising as I left for the beach at July’s end. When I returned August 4 it had already bloomed.
You can see I didn’t think through the color scheme when planting the Crinum, just hurried it into the ground before weeds came any closer.
For my final selection I must share a few dahlias. Many did not survive but I enthralled with the blooms on these plants that made it.
I invite you to check out Chloris’ top picks for August at The Blooming Garden. You are in for a treat with offering from her Suffolk garden and from others around the globe.