Okay, so I started a Bloom Day post for July. By the time I got back to it, it was closer to the August Bloom Day than the July, so I never posted it. So, for this month’s Bloom Day, you will get a double whammy – a Two-Month Special. 🙂
Other than a heat spike in early June, our summer over here in western Oregon has been amazing, so far. I know – people who like it hot will most definitely disagree, as temperatures have fluctuated between high 60’s and low 80’s for weeks now. But to a heat-shy Swede like myself, this kind of weather equals perfection! It seems the plants like it too. For one thing, the flowers last a lot longer. Star jasmine and various lilies have perfumed the garden for over a month now. I have absolutely no complaints! Let’s take a look at what else is out there, shall we?
I planted this NOID Yucca in a tall pot with a couple of Chenille plants (Acalypha hispida). The pot cracked, and a big chunk of it fell off, so now I need to glue the two pieces back together. As if I didn’t have enough other things to do… Never a dull moment, huh?
Wonderful purple cups open up to reveal…
…this. Lovely Calandrinia spectabilis. Just learned it is only marginally hardy here in the PNW, so it might just turn out to be one of the more expensive “annuals” I bought this year.
Myrtus communis – the common Myrtle is blooming.
The buds are adorable too – like little pearls.
I think this is a male flower of Datisca cannabina. Unless, of course, of course it is a developing female flower. I’m not quite sure how to tell the difference. This photo is from July.
By now, the flowers look like this – lovely green dangles that weep over me.
Here, one of the dangles have caught a downy feather in flight.
This daredevil spider tempts fate by weaving his web between the hungry stalks of the Sarracenias.
More Sarracenias. I’m still learning how to care for these plants. Meaning, I can never be sure they will still be there from day to day. Fingers crossed I don’t kill them – I have about six different kinds, so chances are good that I screw up on at least a couple.
This bee made me smile, standing on its head in the Clematis blossom.
Not much beats the blue of Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’.
So excited to see my Clivia in bloom. The poor thing has apparently been targeted both by birds and a shedding shrub, but its hot orange shines on in its shady corner.
A cute little Eryngium called ‘Tiny Jackpot’.
A fly making a touchdown on the showy landing pad of Canna ‘Cleopatra’.
The flowers of ‘Cleopatra’ are as two-tone as the leaves. Reds and yellows with orange markings.
Flopping all over in half shade, there were enough Conca d’Or lilies to make a nice bouquet.
Pretty blue flowers of the Dianella. This isn’t a plant you grow for the flowers, though. It’s the turquoise berries that develop later that will knock your socks off. Thanks so much for this, Marian! 🙂
The crazy spiral leaf of Albuca spiralis. Such a cool plant! I can pull on those leaves and watch them retract over and over and over again. It is supposed to be hardy here in Zone 8. Still haven’t made my mind up about whether I should keep it in a pot and move it indoors in winter, or if I should take a chance and plant it in the ground. Maybe if I mulch it properly, it would make it, don’t you think?
This is what its flowers looked like. They bloomed in July, and are done now.
Kniphofia ‘Percy’s Pride’, a green flowering Amaranth, and the foliage rosettes of Echium cancans.
Here is Percy again – such a cool plant!
I liked how the light struck this tattered Amaranth leaf.
More green flowers! Hydrangea ‘Little Lime’ is taking on a few pink tones, but is still noticeably green – hooray!
This will one day become a planter. I have no excuses as to why it hasn’t already. I like the orange Crocosmia with the prickly thorns of the Solanum leaves.
I’m ashamed to acknowledge that although this variegated Asclepia is still in its nursery pot, it is STILL blooming its heart out. Haven’t seen any Monarchs yet, though, but I’ll keep trying. Maybe if I find it a good spot, they will come…?
Another presence I keep around the garden mostly for the color echo to the orange flowers, is my cat. Just kidding – he’s my BFF all around gardening pal! When temperatures soar, he inspires me to find a shady spot, and rest awhile.
The Anisacanthus is in full bloom. Humming birds LOVE this plant – at least as much as they love Fuchsias, I’d say.
After being moved into more sunlight, all of a sudden, this Abutilon started pushing out blooms. So glad I finally figured out how to please it – here with the long tassels of a Love-Lies-a-Bleeding Amaranth.
Chocolate Cosmos – shot in the back. Cowardly, I know, but the light through those petals was irresistible!
‘Vancouver Centennial’ – I really liked the leaves of this Pelargonium. The hot coral flowers are totally acceptable to me too. See – I’m slowly overcoming my aversion to at least a few annuals. 🙂
I’ll end this post with… yet another green flower. After all, I love them so! Here is Papyrus ‘King Tut’ looking awfully stately in the sunlight.
Click over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what other August gardens around the world offer. Her post this month made me long for some more rain now that the heat has hit the Pacific NW… (I’m eternally grateful for the respite we got, with mild-mannered weather for most of the summer.)