Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day August 2019

Swallowtail on Tithonia

In the midst of hot days in August it is a reliable pleasure to see butterflies in great abundance throughout the garden.  For this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day posting let me begin with some shots of the butterflies that are everywhere right now in Maryland.

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Ligularia

Clouded Sulphur on Tithonia

It’s also a good time of year to spot the Hummingbird or Clearwing Moth.  They are very distinctive with almost invisible wings as the flit about the flowers.

Snowberry Clearwing Moth on Buddleia

Here are some of the standard flowers around the yard right now.

Hydrangea ‘Limelight’

Gentiana paradoxa

Allium ‘Millenium’

Sage ‘Black and Blue’

And of course the glads are still blooming in the cutting garden.

Gladiolia ‘Princess Margaret Rose’

New for us in the Cestrum that we added this year.

Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’

And a little more unusual is the diminutive Anemonopsis with it’s waxy flowers.

Anemonopsis macrophylla

We also take advantage of the August flowers in the house as well.

Sunflowers live inside too

And then from the greenhouse

Cyrtanthus elatus x montanus

Lastly let me note a seeding success with these hardy camellia seedlings started from seeds purchased from Camellia Forest.

Camellia oleifera seedlings

These should be interesting to grow outside in Maryland.

3 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day August 2019

  1. betty - NZ

    My what fantastic colors you have shared today! Your flowers are just awesome to see and they make me anxious for my spring to arrive ๐Ÿ™‚

    My Corner of the World

    1. jw

      Apparently Crossandra and Dichelostemma are more commonly referred to as ‘Firecracker’ flowers, though the red is similar.

  2. Lisa

    Very pretty photographs! I wish Swallowtails would stop by my yard! I see them fly over it, ignoring my dill and fennel planted just for them.
    I have never seen a monarch since I moved here 8 years ago. Of course, just a few blocks away is rural land, so maybe they’re all over there.