It hasn’t been very long since I was asked what would be in bloom in August. As I walk the garden, I think of a friend of mine whose son is getting married in just a couple of weeks. I remember walking the garden and trying to remember what would be in bloom this month. The colours of the wedding are blue, yellow and white. Blue flowers in August are tough to come by but I do have a few.
The Centaurea montana is back in bloom after being cut back last month. It’s a bit of a thug in the garden in that it spreads but my passion for blue flowers overrides its bad habits.
The Nigella is still showing a few blooms here and there but most of it has gone to seed and will return next year. Considering its common name is Love In A Mist, it would be the perfect wedding flower. This month is a tough time for the garden as it deals with the warm summer temperatures and it begins to look tired. If your garden is looking a bit ragged right now, try growing Dahlias and Zinnias next year to carry you through.
There is usually always something blooming in our garden. That’s a good thing as I need the bees around to pollinate my vegetable garden. Above is a huge planting of Anemones with their pale pink flowers.
The Roses are still blooming and will continue to bloom as long as you are deadheading them. Once you have spent blooms, cut back to just above the next set of five leaves on your hybrids. This will stimulate new growth and more flowers. I have some Roses that have just started to bloom for the first time.
The Fuchsia has gone wild. This is what happens when you don’t prune them in early spring. Its covered in flowers but hugs me as I walk down the sidewalk. This is another great perennial plant for the garden with its long bloom period.
And then there is the passion-flower. I hope I can find a home for this one as it just takes up too much room in the greenhouse during the winter. I am lucky to get two blooms at a time so I think I will invest in a better performer for my area.
I am sure pleased with my hanging basket this year. For the mere $10 investment these Petunias have not let me down.
I can’t resist growing Godetia each year. Earlier in the season this container was full of Nasturtiums but I had to rip them out once the aphids arrived. The Godetia looks pretty lonely so I have some seeds coming up below with some new flowers. There is never bare soil in this garden.
I was so excited to see that this new Dahlia ‘Night Butterfly’ was out in bloom this morning. It’s another collarette Dahlia and isn’t it a beauty?
The Rudbeckia is blooming its heart out and my Sweet Peas are a lovely bicolor of purple and white. I started the Sweet Peas in the greenhouse and they got a late start in the garden. So if you are planning an August wedding, the colours in bloom are more in the pinks, reds, oranges and yellows. It’s almost like summer means vibrant colours not subtle pastels.
I shared my new garden path project with you last week. It’s still a work in progress. Yesterday we started another new project. Poor hubby thinks we are just staining the shed. He has no idea,lol.
I am posting a ‘before’ photo today. Once the shed is done I will do a full story as there is a bit of history behind it. It definitely needs some new life. I love rustic and I guess so do wedding couples. A few years ago I had a wedding in the garden and they took photos sitting on the shed stoop. Was I surprised!
Well that’s it for this week as I link up with Glenda over at Tootsie Time.