Garden Bloggers Bloomday-Beware the Ides of August
August has always been one of my least favorite months in the garden. Heat, spider mites, rust and mildew. This year it's been 6 months since our last rain, and though we are summer-dry and accustomed to months of drought this year our rainfall totals were paltry and ended a good two months earlier than usual. Still, there are blooms to be had , vine ripe tomatoes to be picked and our beautiful fall season to look forward to. Be sure to stop by and see our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens for more August flowers.
Aster 'Purple Dome'
This is Pelargonium 'Pinki Pinks' which has been blooming for months and has great foliage to boot.
Bronze Fennel. It's been several years since I grew this and never experienced the prolific reseeding that some speak of. Hopefully that continues to be the case.
Origanum dictamnus aka 'Dittany of Crete' , is my favorite of the ornamental Oreganos.
The Dahlias were slow this summer and fully half of my tubers didn't make it. I'm toying with the idea of digging them this fall and potting them up early. This is Labyrinth. I have been diligent about leaf miner patrol and so far they aren't the mess they were last year-but of course they have spider mites along with many other plants in my garden.
This Caryopteris is either 'Good as Gold' or 'Hint of Gold' --I have tags for both . It is hands down my best Caryopteris and always covered with bees.
Erigeron 'Wayne Roderick'
Rudbeckia 'Chim Chiminee' newly planted a month or two ago from a 4" pot has rapidly put on size and these flowers are huge. I'm hoping it seeds around.
Verbascum 'Dark Mullein'
Echinops ritro. My second try, this time purchased from the UC Davis Arboretum spring plant sale. Love everything about this plant and if/when the fall plant sale comes around I'm hoping these will be offered again -they have achieved the coveted repeated element status.
Clematis 'Arabella' just keeps blooming away even though the foliage looks like crap.
The lilies are in the last days of flowering for this year. This one is 'Black Beauty' .
The last two flowers of 'Silver Scheherazade'. This was a freebie with one of my lily orders a few years ago and has done really well.