Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day August 2020

Crinum x powellii

A good start for this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day is the crinum which has been blooming since early july.  Although as a plant the crinum is not the most exquisite hortticultural speciment — large strapping leaves and continually expanding its space in the garden — but the individual flowers are lovely.

Another member of the amaryllis family that is popping up right on schedule is what many people call naked ladies.

Lycoris squamigera

We have had a very wet August with many afternoon thunderstorms rolling through.

A wet August leaves everything very lush and green.

In the monument bed we have the last of our lilies.  This formosa lily came originally from seed obtained from the Pacific Bulb Society seed exchange.

Lilium fomosanum

Lilium fomosanum

Nearby is a clump of the very pink Allium millenium

Allium ‘Millenium’

A lot of our focus is on the vegetable/flower garden for this season.  Every time we visit nowadays the goldfinches erupt from the sunflowers, the hawks make a lot of noise from the surrounding trees, and the butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds are all over the tithonia.

Picking garden is rife with Tithonia

Swallowtail on Tithonia

Sunflowers for the birds

Sunflower (from Autumn Beauty collection)

Sunflowers for the house

Glads brighten up the house

Yet more Glads brighten up the house

The greenhouse still has contributions to the flowerfest.  Zephyranthes and Habranthus make a lot of seeds and one needs to pay attention or they will pop up in surrounding pots.

Habranthus tubispathus

The other note for mid-August is finishing the harvest of the garlic.

Northern White Garlic

It was a grand year for the garlic.  Of the three varieties we grew, I really like the firm lovely Northern White variety.  It’s a hardneck which means that it also contributes scapes in June for the dinner table.

Stay safe and well-distanced.  

 

 

2 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day August 2020

  1. Arun Goyal

    What a wonderful post ..loved every bit of it especially the butterfly on zinnia was magnificent.It would be my pleasure to if you join my link up party related to gardening here //jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/2020/08/garden-affair-link-up-party.html

  2. Shirley

    A bit late to the party, but I’ve enjoyed seeing all you had in bloom for GBBD. It’s great to see allium millenium in another garden. It was a new plant here last year and I love it, adding more this year. I love your colours and your plants looking quite refreshed. Your Tithonia caught my eye, I love plants for butterflies and other pollinators.