Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rejuvenation in the Summer Garden


Recent rains and cooler weather here in the hills have caused a rejuvenation to some of the flowers and to this gardener.
The cooler temperatures have felt so good after such a hot summer.


The ‘Queen Charlotte’ Japanese anemones are starting to bloom
now but their leaves are gone from the hungry Blister Beetles.

I am seeing new growth on the rose bushes in the Rose Garden so I am looking forward to seeing some new rose blooms.

The Crape Myrtle bush at the corner of the garage is loaded down with blooms here in the middle of August.


This is the first summer I have planted Angelonia in the containers and it will not be the last. It has been in constant bloom.

Scaevola or Fan Flower was another new container plant in my garden this summer and I have loved its constant blooms. It is cascading over the old washtub container.


“Bronze Dragon’ snapdragons grown from seeds are pretty but it is the dark foliage that I really love about this snapdragon.

Gerbera_Red Gerbera Daisies also grown from seed are blooming in an array of colors. From red…..

to a brilliant orange….

Gerbera_Kettle to yellow ones grown in an old teakettle.

The dahlias have done terrible this summer. Of the bulbs I planted only one is blooming. ‘Rembrandt’ was a hold over from last summer. But two other new bulbs planted this summer are not blooming and look to be dying for some reason.

The Redskin Dahlias grown from seed are doing much better than the bulbs have.

Goldenrod_LittleLemon ‘Little Lemon’ goldenrod is a dwarf and new to the garden this year. It is starting to open its buds now.


The bright spot in the garden now is the bright red blooms on the Cardinal Flowers.

While along the woodland bed there are Yellow blooms from the Ligularia seeds and plants Jim & Pat @ Pat and Jims Gardening Adventure, local Buckeye gardeners.

‘Bright Eyes’

Some of the tall phlox plants still have a few blooms left but even they are about finished now.


‘Nora Leigh’ is a lovely variegated tall phlox.

Phlox_David_Aug ‘David’s White’ phlox has the strongest fragrance.

Along the woods wild centaurea or Bachelor Buttons are blooming.

While some of the plants are showing some new growth now it seems most of the flowers are finishing up for this year. With such an early and a very hot summer everything has bloomed and is starting to fade all too fast.

How is your garden standing up to such a hot summer?

Happy Gardening,




Arek said...

Lovely pics. Anemones are so beutyfull. Piękne są te zawilce pozdrawienia z Polski.

Leslie said...

Such beautiful pictures, Lona. I love your Japanese anemones. I wish I could grow those here!

Claudia Fugate said...

Lona - we'd never know you have had a hot, dry summer. Your garden looks so fresh. I particularly like the crepe myrtle - stunning. Stay well. Claudia

Patsy said...

What you have in bloom looks lovley. We have cooler temp but no rain.

Giga said...

Piękne kwiaty masz teraz w ogrodzie, a krzew rosnący obok garażu jest śliczny. Pozdrawiam.
Now you have beautiful flowers in the garden, a shrub growing next to the garage is pretty. Yours.

FlowerLady said...

Lona ~ Your photos are fantastic. I can't believe how many wonderful different blooms that you have. I'd love to have all of them. Well, I do have crepe myrtles. I love your anemones.

Enjoy the rest of your week ~ FlowerLady

Anonymous said...

Hi Lona,

Lovely; I'm glad you've got some much needed rain and cooler temperatures :)

Jeane said...

I am really glad seeing all your blooms. They are really pretty. They certainly brings a smile on my face. Although, I'm doubting if my plants will survive the heavy rain. It's been raining for days.

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Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Ah the rain must feel wonderful...wish we had some.

It's a hard time for gardens mine is a mess...sadly.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams


I'm so glad the weather has cooled for you Lona. Your Queen Charlotte is the exact same color as your blog's wallpaper. Did you plan that? :) And your pink Crapey...ooh, la, la!! I grew a pink (of course) Angelonia a few years ago. Since then I haven't been able to find it at any nursery. I was really impressed with it though.

Astrid said...

My goodness, Lona! Such a lot of beauties this late in the summer!! My faves were the crape myrtle, the cardinal flowers, Angelonia and the Japanese anemones. Thanks for posting!

Sadun blogi - Satu's blog said...

How many beautiful flowers you have blooming! I especially like those anemones.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Phlox really shines this time of year doesn't it? Hoping to add more to my collection this fall.
So you grew your Gerbera daisies from seed?? Did you harvest the seed from other daisies?? I have some out front from which I could collect the seeds. May have to give it a try.

Kim and Victoria said...

I love my Nora Leigh phlox, it's my fav.
Your garden is well ahead of ours. We're still waiting on our anenomes to bloom. Those cardinal flowers are so pretty.

Balisha said...

There are those anemones again.My favorite flowers. The ones that I planted two years ago are thriving and starting to bloom. Keep those beetles in your area please :)

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lona girl I am so glad not to have had those beetles .. yet ? .. my anemone have lots of nice buds on them so I am hoping to see some pretty flowers .. I do have a bit of black spot going on with the rose strip .. I hate that stuff !
The Black Eyes Susans have really carried the garden through the terrible heat and drought .. they keep shining through it all.
I have loads to do in my gardens but I have to work up to actually doing it ! LOL
Yours looks wonderful girl !

Anonymous said...

Happy for you to have the rejuvenation Lona. It's cooler here today but we are STILL waiting for some rain... :(

You have some gorgeous flowers considering the heat. My anemones aren't blooming yet but I did just buy a single pink one ~ looks a bit deeper color than your lovely shade. Hope it does well, I had to plant it in a different spot because the white ones are so aggressive they don't "allow" newcomers!
p.s. The tulips you were trying to locate on my blog ~ were they the doubles?? Maybe 'sensual touch' or 'charming beauty??' I think there was a double pink called 'foxtrot??' too?? I hope I'm remembering the names correctly. They are probably under my April posts which shouldn't be that hard to go thru since I haven't been blogging as much this year. Good luck ~ I hope you get some gorgeous ones.

sweetbay said...

You have a lot of beautiful flowers in bloom! Black blister beetles always eat my anemones too.

RobinL said...

That's funny Lona, I just put up the same kind of post, about how the better weather is helping the garden improve! My seeded dahlia's are doing better than the tubers too. No blooms yet, but almost! I've never grown them from seed before.

Nella said...

Dear Lona, it was so wonderful to find you....I finally have a name for my anemones...Queen Charlotte. The original plant was gifted to me by my elderly Aunt over 20 years ago and now it has quite beautifully taken over an entire bed, mixed in with hydrangeas and ivy! It is a favorite of mine.
She did not garden by name, only what she wanted to grow!
Your blog is full of information and general notes of interest, but I especially love your quote above the comment form, lovely. n.xo

Jennifer said...

Hi Lona, I have never heard of blister beetles before. I looked back into your last post and those skin welts look terrible. I puff up from mosquito bites, so I can just imagine what would happen if one of those little guys got hold of me.
On the positive side, I think that your Crape Myrtle is simply stunning! Your first dahlia image is also especially nice. I also like the fan flower. I haven't seen that one before.

Debbie said...

Hi there, we had a hot humid no rain summer here and my gardens and pond didnt fair out well this year...I guess neither did I with my leg injury...oh well theres always next year!

elaine rickett said...

My dahlias all rotted over winter so I bought new tubers and they vanished too - - oh well, there's always next year.

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Great post, the ‘David’s White’ phlox looks like a winner. I have never grown Phlox. Is it easy to grow?