August 15, 2020: Bloom Day

And we are still coping with Covid and I am weary of the worry.

But, the sun shines, the flowers bloom, and the in-ground watering system kicks on at the right time. Here’s what’s blooming in my garden today.

The Walker’s Low catmint got a bit of a hair cut so that will encouraged it to bloom again. The pollinators love it. And, the rudbeckia welcomes everyone who walks down the street and past the entrance garden.
Every year I plant purple petunias near the entrance to the lower garden and my back door. That wonderful vanilla spice fragrance brightens my mood each time I pass them. And they are especially fragrant at night.
Some of the hansa roses are still blooming, but they are being eaten by japanese beetles. The Knock Out and Carpet roses don’t seem to be bothered. They have consistently bloomed all summer. The black curly haired dog thinks she is garden art. At least she isn’t digging this year. The Rose of Sharon is blooming. I’m still pulling out saplings from last year’s seed pod deposits.
The last of the lower garden day lilies is blooming today. I bought this tagless beauty last summer from a grower who was going out of business after her husband passed away. She dug them out of the field for me, but had no idea what their names were.
This is either Endless Summer or Forever and Ever. Despite getting a heavy dose of acid along the drip line, most of the flower heads are pink. I’ll keep upping the dose and hope for more blue.
But look at those State Fair zinnias. As soon as this post is finished, I’m going to go out and pick a couple of big bouquets. Notice the pots. I have harvested TWO tomatoes so far. This is my first “serious” excursion into growing something other than flowers. Zagreb Coreopsis got thinned last fall and again in early spring. Most of the blooms in the Lewd Hosta Bed have come and gone. That’s Praying Hands in the lower left, balancing Midnight at the Oasis, Obscene Gesture, and Naked Lady in order to keep the universe safe.
Here at the entrance of the Secret Garden, the daisies and hibiscus are showing off.
The echinaceas are doing far better this year than last. In fact, I’d given up on Fragrant Angel, the white flowered variety in the middle. Also doing well are the pink phlox. I thought they were goners, too. A few weeks ago two sad looking lilacs were removed and maybe that opened things up. The phlox always got mildew, but so far, it’s looking unblemished. The last remaining lilac will come out, too. Three other lilacs have been removed from a different section of the Secret Garden. They were looking sad and they weren’t kicking out very many blooms.
There’s that pesky poodle again. The sweet potato vines have spilled over into the pathway, but I find that rather charming. Or, I’m too lazy to cut them back. Notice Tardiva blooming on the left. All day it is filled with the hum of pollinators. I love it! The day lilies underneath Tardiva are going to be moved to a place where they will get more sun. Excuse the debris in the center mosaic. It’s mostly day lily fronds.
This is one of two day lilies that are still blooming in the Secret Garden. This is the last of Rosey Returns until next year.
Midnight Raider is the only other day lily still blooming. The pollinators will miss it. Notice all the pollen scattered around the petals. There are two more buds. Once they bloom, the day lily season will be over.
Here is where three other lilacs used to stand. I suspect part of the reason they stopped thriving was because Dutchman’s Pipe was stealing nutrients and water.
The hosta flowers you see to the right belong to Francee. I’m waiting for Stained Glass to kick out it’s lovely fragrant flower scapes.
Here’s a beauty shot of one of the zinnias. I’ve been having fun with my macro lenses.

Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for creating Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

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