Bloom Day – August 2015

Once again, I’m joining in Carol’s meme at May Dreams Gardens this month, as she hosts Bloom Day. This is where gardeners from around the world are showcasing what is abloom in their gardens each month. Check it out!

As for me, we just got back from a much needed week away. A nice surprise awaited us – can you believe it – it rained! I expected everything to be parched upon our return, but not so. The photos are from before and after our week away, but other than various stages of maturity, everything looks pretty much the same.

Clematis 'Henryii' had its main flush of flowers earlier in the summer, but keeps putting out sporadic blooms.

Clematis ‘Henryii’ had its main flush of flowers earlier in the summer, but keeps putting out sporadic blooms, much to my elation.

Clematis 'Roguchii' very nearly perished in too much shade, and had a severe case of powdery mildew. I yanked it out of its spot, stuck it in a pot in full sun for a while, until I can think of a spot where it might be happier. It came back in full force. I'm so happy - it is one of my all-time favorite Clematis!

Clematis ‘Roguchii’ very nearly perished in too much shade, and had a severe case of powdery mildew. I yanked it out of its spot, stuck it in a pot in full sun for a while, until I can think of a spot where it might be happier. It came back in full force. I’m so happy – it is one of my all-time favorite Clematis!

This Clematis 'Negritjanka' was just in bud when we left. I had cut it back hard pretty recently, and it rewarded me by blooming when we got home. Love its dark purple blooms. Here it is sharing trellis space with a Moon vine.

This Clematis ‘Negritjanka’ was just in bud when we left. I had cut it back hard pretty recently, and it rewarded me by blooming when we got home. Love its dark purple blooms. Here it is sharing trellis space with a Moon vine.

More C. 'Negritjanka.

More C. ‘Negritjanka.

To finish off the Clematis representation, this dark pink one which is climbing through a false cypress (and whose name I've forgotten), is still putting out blooms. I like the seed heads too.

To finish off the Clematis representation, this dark pink one which is climbing through a false cypress (and whose name I’ve forgotten), is still putting out blooms. I like the seed heads too.

Nearby is this Dracaena, and a Celosia.

Nearby is this Dracaena, and a Celosia.

'Anna's Promise'' doing its thing. The color of its buds is a glowing orange, but once it opens up its color is considerably more mellow. It's not that I don't like it, but once it opens it's the wrong plant for the spot it's in. Come fall, it will have to move to a place where it can shine rather than detract.

‘Anna’s Promise” doing its thing. The color of its buds is a glowing orange, but once it opens up, its color is considerably more mellow. It’s not that I don’t like it, but once open it’s the wrong plant for the spot it’s in. Come fall, it will have to move to a place where it can shine rather than detract. It’s always hard to tell from photos…

The 'Hot Cocoa' rose, however is the perfect color for its spot.

The ‘Hot Cocoa’ rose, however is the perfect color for its spot. The outer petals almost verge on black at times, and the rest is a hot, orange-y red, which fades to a dusty pink as it ages.

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Funny – but the heat and drought we’ve had this summer seems to have gone over exceptionally well with the few roses I have. The flowers are smaller (which I like) and more abundant than they’ve ever been.

'Twilight Zone' is another one with great color, plus good fragrance to boot!

‘Twilight Zone’ is another one with great color, plus good fragrance to boot!

The Fuchsias are covered in blossoms. One of my fave workhorse plants - they go and go and go, until frost does them apart.

The Fuchsias are covered in blossoms. One of my fave workhorse plants – they go and go and go, until frost does them apart.

Don't remember the name of this Salvia, but I like its color.

Don’t remember the name of this Salvia, but I like its color.

It looks great in front of the Anisacanthus (or Hummingbird bush) which is just starting to bloom.

It looks great in front of the Anisacanthus (or Hummingbird bush) which is just starting to bloom.

The Begonias are still on fire - love them!

The Begonias are still on fire – love them!

I got Canna 'Cleopatra' because of its two-tone harlequin foliage...

I got Canna ‘Cleopatra’ because of its two-tone harlequin foliage…

... but the flower is pretty cool too. Had to get on a ladder to take this photo.

… but the flower is pretty cool too. Had to get on a ladder to take this photo.

It's seed heads are nice too.

It’s seed heads are nice too.

Maybe not enough light, but even a floppy Agastache looks good against Little blue stem grass.

Maybe not enough light, but even a floppy Agastache looks good against Little blue stem grass.

Eryngium venustum is still blooming.

Eryngium venustum is still blooming.

One of my favorite blue foliage plants (wish I could remember its name)...

One of my favorite blue foliage plants (wish I could remember its name)…

... has now shot up these bright little yellow flowers.

… has now shot up these bright little yellow flowers.

Smaller than many other varieties, this Liriope is now blooming. I liked it because it was smaller, and its flower are a really dark purple. I think it's 'Royal Purple' but am not sure.

Smaller than many other varieties, this Liriope is now blooming. I liked it because it was smaller, and its flowers are a comparatively dark purple. I think it’s ‘Royal Purple’, but am not sure.

Wonderful Kniphofia 'Percy's Pride' has bloomed for a long time.

Wonderful Kniphofia ‘Percy’s Pride’ has bloomed for a long time.

It started out like this.

It started out like this back in the latter part of July.

When we came home last night, it looked mostly like this. But, if it's anything like the other Kniphofias, deadheading will encourage more.

When we came home last night, it looked mostly like this. But, if it’s anything like the other Kniphofias, deadheading will encourage more.

Fuzzy photo as the focus ended up on Carex testacea instead. Oh well, you can see the color. I get such a kick out of green flowers!

Fuzzy photo as the focus ended up on Carex testacea instead. Oh well, you can see the color. I get such a kick out of the green flowers of Echinacea ‘Green Jewel’.

I've been playing with containers this summer. Here is part of one of them, although it's not quite ready for primetime yet. Even so, I appreciate both the Tagetes tenuifolia 'Tangerine Gem', and the Crocosmia. They are currently providing most of the interest as the rescued Canna 'Bengal Tiger' is still recuperating, and just starting to fill out. Soon, soon... In the meantime, the fragrance of the Marigold foliage is fabulous!

I’ve been playing with containers this summer. Here is part of one of them, although it’s not quite ready for primetime yet. Even so, I appreciate both the Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Tangerine Gem’, and the Crocosmia. They are currently providing most of the interest as the main feature – a rescued Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ – is still recuperating, and just starting to fill out. Soon, soon… In the meantime, the fragrance of the Marigold foliage is fabulous! (Sorry for the crappy photo.)

With that I leave you – have a Happy Bloom Day!

 

 

 

 

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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25 Responses to Bloom Day – August 2015

  1. Jenni says:

    Happy GBBD Anna! Your summer blooms are so inspiring. I think I’ve gotten at least 3 ideas from just this post on how to improve some of my summer blooms for next year! Jealous you got rain..I’ve been missed again.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Jenni! You got ideas from this post? … Now I’m puzzled – curious as to what they are… Anyway, glad to be of help, and sorry you missed out on the rain. It rained a little at the coast too, but I really didn’t mind at all. I don’t think I will ever complain about rain again, after this summer.

  2. Fabulous, so inspiring. My husband and I would like to move to the PNW and it’s interesting to see the flowers you grow in Portland.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks – glad you enjoyed it, Valorie! If you do decide to move out here – be sure to let me know. I’d love to help save you some mistakes I made when first moving here from the Midwest and Sweden. And I could definitely share plants too. 🙂

  3. Linda Coombs says:

    When you remember the name of that fuzzy blue plant with the sweet orange bloom , let me know . I love all your Clematis and roses and everything else !

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Linda! I know I saved the tag somewhere… If all else fails, I know I got it from Xera. I think they still had some last time I was there. 😉

  4. rindymae says:

    BEAUTIFUL photos!!!!! I’m especially smitten with your Clematis.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks! Which one – Rooguchii? That one bowls me over completely, and I was totally stoked to see that it now has tons of new buds on it. Sunshine truly helps in some cases… 🙂

  5. Kris P says:

    That ‘Green Jewel’ Echinacea is amazing! I envy you the Clematis and the roses too. My ‘Sweet Autumn’ Clematis shows no sign of any intention to bloom and my roses are pitiful.

    • annamadeit says:

      I’m sorry about your clematis and roses, Kris. If it can make you feel any better, I lust for your Proteas, non-hardy Grevilleas and Agaves, and all that good stuff that won’t make it here.Isn’t it interesting that that Hot Cocoa rose is cruising through both heat and dry conditions with the only noticeable difference that the flowers are smaller? It just seems that that one is particularly tolerant of adverse conditions. Makes me like it even more!

  6. Pauline says:

    You have so many gorgeous flowers, how nice to finding them waiting for you when you got back! Rain does make a difference to a garden at this time of year, I just wish it would come during the night!

  7. Why oh why didn’t I hustle my ass on over to your nursery and get one of those Canna ‘Cleopatra’ when I had the chance? Dumb me!!!

  8. hb says:

    It’s Potentilla something? P. anserina? I remember so admiring it at the Portland Fling. Your clematis look great. Congrats on the rain!

  9. Rose says:

    Gorgeous photos, Anna! I love all your clematises. ‘Roguchi’ is one of my favorites; sadly, mine disappeared this year. That canna is pretty cool, too. Happy Bloom Day!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Rose! Sorry about your Rooguchi – it is one of my faves too. I nearly killed a Gravetye Beauty, but luckily rescued it on time. No flowers yet, though – it is busy recovering from the shock. Fingers crossed it recovers quickly!

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  11. Hannah says:

    It makes such a difference being in that Portland river-influenced microclimate, I’m a little north and my Clematises are all done and we barely got a good sprinkle. But I seriously envy your marvelous Cannas, Cleopatra is fantastic with the harlequin foliage, but even more so with the red/yellow flowers. I may lift my dark canna and try it in a pot for next year. It is 3′ tall now after being nibbled by deer when small and probably I can’t even dream of flowers.

    • annamadeit says:

      Interesting that you’re ahead of us, Hannah… So many things are an entire month early here – it’s been so hot. I find myself digging up more and more of my Cannas – it’s the only way I can give them the sun they crave. Plus, then I can drag them indoors when it gets cold. 🙂

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