A Few Flowers Survive

Ptilotus 'Platinum Wallaby'

It is Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day and I had to look hard for worthy flowers that had survived our desert-like summer.  We had another rain today so perhaps I won’t have to look quite so hard next month.  The Ptilotus shown above has a beautiful fuschia color to the flowers, but the actual plant is pretty pathetic.  Whether it’s the dry weather or just the nature of the beast in Maryland is hard to say.  I doubt if it’s going to survive over the winter.  In the same front-yard garden the Gaura have been in constant flower since spring.

White Gaura blossom

The flowers float 2-3 ft above the ground and look like an assembly of butterflies as the flutter in the breeze.  This is the third year for this plant and we’ve come to really appreciate the effect that the Gaura have over such an extended period.  Also worth noting in the front-yard garden is the Mexican Yellow-Eyed Grass from Plant Delights.  I planted it this year from a small 4  inch pot and it has prospered.  It flowered over much of the spring, well into June, and the foliage is lush and very much like a small iris, about 12-15 inches tall.  If this survives over the winter here it is going to be a really winner.

Sisyrinchium tinctorium foliage

While we are on a yellow theme we are still getting a few glads out of the garden.  They are very much smaller and fewer than we should have had based on the early growth.  But hey, we take what we can get.

Gladiolus remnant

And here there is a rose still to be found, in this case Charles Darwin from David Austin.

Charles Darwin Rose

One bright spot in the yard is provided by the Butterfly Weed.

Asclepias tuberosa

There are also quite a few Sunflowers coming into bloom in the garden.  They are all the Mammoth Russian type, but not so mammoth as usual.  The other multi-colored ones didn’t survive the drought.  I find the insides of the Sunflowers to be really interesting.  I need to do further study of their variations…

Sunflower center

One of the few bushes to be prospering despite the heat and lack of water is the Caryopteris.  The flowers are not fully open yet, but you can see what is coming.

Caryopteris in flower

I’m also beginning to appreciate the long season of the sedums.  Beth moved them into a sunnier spot this year and we have nice flower heads in bud.

Sedum (I think it's 'Autuum Joy') Flower head

Let me close with a picture of one of the Apples from my newer trees.  They’ve been slow to fruit because of the deer damage.  This year I used ‘Liquid Fence’ and we at least have a few apples in the second pasture.  They are small but as I said earlier we’ll take what we can get and be gratetful.

Kidd's Orange-Red

What was going to be a bumper crop of apples overall has been drastically reduced by fruit dropping this month and the remainders are smaller than usual.  Lest I sound too discouraged, I am, as I write, eating ice cream with blueberries from the multiple gallons that we froze.  So you win some and you lose some.  I encourage you to visit May Dreams Gardens and see what other gardens are producing this month.

3 comments on “A Few Flowers Survive

  1. Wendy

    Really pretty blooms! I have a gaura too and love love love it. Fabulous photos!

  2. joco

    You were brave to confront the garden. I didn’t have the courage this month. Still, that apple looks inviting. And the memory of earlier riches, like the blueberries, will help. It will all be better next summer 🙂
    And then there is the spring bulbs to look forward too. The Sunflower centre is interesting. I forget what that pattern is called.

  3. Les

    I hope the smell of Liquid Fence is off the apple by the time it is ripe. We had a bottle of concentrate fall of the shelf at work and break open. It took days to get the smell out and ruined two new mop heads.