It’s been an amazing start to the month of August. The temperatures and rainfall have been more like what we expect for the fall, but the days are still the extended light of summertime. It’s made for lush garden growth with both flowers and vegetables producing abundantly. The birds, bees, and butterflies have all been appreciating the flower seeds and pollen.
The front circle bed also shows the abundant August flowering with a lot of black-eyed susans (the Maryland state flower) and purple echinaceas. There are also gaura, rudbeckia. lavender, cardinal flowers (red lobelia) and alliums in the mix.
Elsewhere in the yard the great blue lobelia has returned again.
It’s supposed to be a short-lived perennial but shows no sign of disappearing. Nearby is a Roscoea that is becoming an August regular.
I was surprised to see a few flowers returning to one of the Epimediums. Don’t recall seeing that before.
Another flower returning to bloom is the Canna lily ‘Orange Punch’ but it’s not surprising to see frequent flowering of the Canna lily.
A fall favorite are the toad lilies and the first of these is now in bloom.
In the middle of the yard we have several Anemone ‘Wild Swan’. These are noted for the purple blush on the back of the flower, but for me they are not the best of the Anemone clan.
In one the Alpine beds there is a little Anemone multifida that has wonderful red flower color.
Next to it are a great many Gentiana paradoxa.
This a marvelous plant with a very extended flowering time.
Turning our collective eyes to the greenhouse, the Cyrtanthus elatus has put out a lovely cluster of flowers.
Think of this as a more elegant Amaryllis, pretty enough that I brought it inside.
The greenhouse also has the very pretty formosa lily which could be moved outside but I have not done that yet.
Another Lily-like plant is Calostemma luteum (actually in the Amaryllis family) from Australia.
An especially pretty South American plant is Habranthus marinezi
A more common Habranthus is the Rio Grande Rain Lily and it’s also in bloom right now.
I also found the the greek cyclamen not only in flower but trying to break the bonds of its container.
Let me leave the Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day post with new flower for me from the greenhouse. This is a very cute little dwarf Nerine.
This is a very distinctive little South African native with multiple flowers showing dark stamens against a light pink background. Very nice. So what are you growing in your garden for bloom day?
We have grown crabapples for many years in the front yard without ever making good use of the fruit. Of course the abundant white flowers in the springtime are delightful and the pretty summertime fruit have always been appreciated but we never harvested them for eating. Until now that is. Our youngest son was inspired by the sprightly taste of the fruit. He picked a bunch of them and made a couple of galettes, one with the crabapples and one with blueberries, apricots, and peaches. Both were quite good, but the crabapple one was really special. Think of the best rhubarb pie you’ve ever tasted.
This was so good, that he went out this week and picked another batch of the crabapples.
The remarkable thing about these little crabapples is that a very high percentage are without blemish or insect damage and this is without any spraying at all. This is quite a contrast with our normal apple trees.
This is a very active time outdoors right now. I thought I would also share another of the interesting spiders that we have run across.
I always find the jumping spiders have considerable personality.
And another interesting tidbit is the arrival of the rain lilies.
We have grown these very hardy rain lilies for many years and they seem early this year but we had some strong rains and up they came. I had also moved one of the Zephyranthes from the greenhouse last year and seems to be doing fine, though it is supposed to be a zone 8 plant.
I would also note in passing that this is a good time to be gathering seeds for the various seed exchanges. Some are quite easy to find like the Zephyranthes.
Lastly I’ll close this post with one of the prettiest lilies I’ve come across (unnamed at the moment).