Hello Everyone, a whole week has passed by and
August has arrived and I so hated to see July end.
Summer is just speeding by and although I want it to slow
down there is no stopping it.
In the woods beside the woodland bed wild ‘Woodland
Sunflowers’ are in bloom. The birds must have brought
me some seeds from the woods in the parks nearby.
Their is a symphony of sounds as I step outdoors now.
The Katydid’s and Cicada’s are filling the sir.
In the evening as darkness falls the sound is the loudest.
Cicada’s may seem ugly to some with their bulging eyes
but some have flecks of gold on their emerald green wings.
In about six years the seventeen year cicada’s will arrive
and to me they are aggravating and ugly with their orange eyes
cutting into young trees and bushes to deposit their eggs.
The Butterfly Weed is attracting its namesakes.
The White Cosmos from seeds sent by Darla
are getting some blooms. I have a terrible time getting
them to grow from seed so I am thrilled to get a few
blooming even if they are only about 10 inches tall. LOL!
The ‘Edinburgh’ dahlia is getting blooms. The plants are not looking so well because some little kittens like playing in the
giant pot amongst the jungle of branches.
A white ‘Victoriana’ dahlia is also blooming which was
grown from seeds.
Gazania “Big Kiss White Flame’ are also joining in
on the blooming from seeds. All of my seedlings seem
so slow to get going this summer. But with many blooms
now waning in the garden I will enjoy what is in bloom.
The petunias growing in the mailbox planter are starting to look
sad with all of the heat and sunshine beating on them.
Maybe they need a good pinching back?
The ‘Fancy Dress’ petunias have been surprising and
blooming in all manner of variations of color.
All of the Nicotiana had to be cut back because of getting
too leggy and falling over. Now they will rebound with new
branches and blooms.
The new tall phlox ‘Starfire’ is now in bloom and
although it is advertised as being red, is instead a
beautiful deep, bright pink. It is a beauty.
The new ‘Iceberg’ rose bush is having another flush of
blooms. I have so enjoyed its blooms this summer.
The yellow miniature rose bush has survived the Japanese
beetles and is in need of a bigger pot.
My favorite of all the roses ‘Crimson Bouquet’ is putting
on some more blooms. Its fragrance is always heavenly.
Blue Lobelia grows in one of the planters
on the front porch.
“Norah Leigh’ tall phlox is still beautiful.
“Frisco’ Asiatic lilies are alluring to the butterflies.
Getting to the nectar may be harder to get to than
with the coneflowers or phlox.
The blue Torenia’s are lovely.
That is about all of the new flowers in bloom for this
first day of August but the anemones will soon be
in bloom to give me something new to look at
in the beds.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend
Happy Gardening Everyone !!