Saturday, August 15, 2015

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day -August 2015

Welcome to a parade of blooms in our mid-August garden.
We live in  Northeast Ohio, USDA hardiness zone 5b.  It has been a hot and dry month and it doesn't appear that much rain is in the future forecast.  The garden has many blooms still but looks more tired that in the previous months. It is the beginning of the end. There is a competition going on between the perennials, the annuals  and the produce in the veggie garden. Let me know who do you think it won by the end of the post.
There are a lot of red blooms in the garden right now. 
Hardy Hibiscus "Fireball", Lobelia cardinalis and Echinacea purpurea

Lobelia gerardii "Vedrariensis" in purple not as tall but complimentary to the red Lobelia cardinals

If you are currently growing the red lobelia cardinals you know what a big attraction it is to the hummingbirds.  If you don't grow this plant now you have a great reason for adding it to your back yard.  These plants have been blooming since July and the hummingbirds live in our garden as well.

Another bed that looks more lively now that in July is the Rose bed. All four varieties of roses that I grow here in part shade have decided to give us their second bloom

Knock out rose "RADraz"

Carpet rose

All Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) re-bloomed after cutting off all the spent  July flowers
Saponaria officinalis

Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii "Hot lips")


Ligularia dentata "Desdemona"
I also grow Ligularia dentata "Britt-Marie Crawford" but the plants look so sad from all the lack of rain and the flower is not as showy as the one of "Desdemona"


The North front bed continues to have some color and continues to attract the pollinators.

Agastache "Blue Fortune"

If you don't know the name of this one it means that you are not a gardener for the temperate area!
Black Eye Susan

Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium purpureum 'Little Joe'

Rose of Sharon (Hardy Hybiscus)

Circle onion (Allium senescens "Glaucum")

The fragrant  and delicate bloom of Guaccamole Hosta

Guaccamole Hosta

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)


Spider flower (Cleome)








Green onions, Swiss chard, Kale, mint


There are missing captions under pictures because I am rushing to go camping with the kids!
Camping where?
Not far!

So this was another Garden Blogger's Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  Check-out Carol's post you will find links to many many other gardener's lovely gardens. 


  1. Ai o gradina foarte frumoasa, cu plante care imi plac! Ma bucur ca te-am descoperit!

  2. Wonderful veggies and flowers!
    Seeing your Dahlia makes me wonder why don't I have Dahlias? Next year for sure!

  3. Still looks like things are lush and thriving and you have tons of enviable and admirable pictures to contribute to bloom day. How is the variety 'Little Joe' pye weed doing for you height wise? Is is staying shorter than the original?

    1. Little Joe was small as expected only for 1 year. It has grown a little over 4' this year about 1' over last year . The jury is still out. If next year is at 5' it doesn't hold the label claims.

  4. Your garden is amazing, Daniela. I love turtle head and see yours is way ahead of mine which wont bloom for a few weeks yet. Thank you for visiting my blog, so I came over to yours. Your blog is lovely. P. x

  5. What a fun mom to camp in the yard!! Your garden is so lush, and I love the big red tomato with her little green babies.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! It is so dry this month! We only received half of the rain we get on an average August, so the hoses are out as much as we can do it. The big tomato with the little green sisters is ver unusual I thought. Thanks for noticing it!

  6. Hope camping went well!
    Being outside is one of the best things about the long summer days... but your summer color in the garden is a close second. You just can't beat cardinal flower, I only wish it liked my dry beds a little more!

    1. Well camping never goes well for me, but I am determined to get my kids to like it. My husband and I got the tent up without reading the instructions in about 1 hr. I give ourselves an A+ on that. I bought inflatable mattresses for this time around and decorated the inside beautifully..even brought electricity for a small fan and reading light. I left the tent at 10:00pm cause I could't stand the night time bugs being so so loud. I got a C- on that. My husband and son made it to 2:30am..they got a B. I agree with the cardinal looks weedy until July..and then BAM it opens up and you fall in love with it! It does well in my somewhat moist lower beds and I let one plant go to seed every year to ensure a fresh supply of plants since there is something in my garden that kills some of the woody old stem plants

  7. The lobelia looks impressive in the first photos with the purples and pinks. You have some great ideas for combining colors.