It's the 15th of the month and time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. A walk through my garden with the camera this afternoon was more rewarding than I expected. At this time of year it seems that everything is worn and frayed and many of the blooms are spent. But there are a few plants that are at their peak now.
Drifts of lantana in the front bed have always been a magnet for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. The butterflies have been few this year, but while taking this photo a hummingbird flew all around me as if he was asking me to move. If only I'd been able to capture him in the photo!
August is also bloom time for liriope, sometimes called "monkey grass" or "lilyturf" It can be invasive, spreading by runners, but I love it all the same - and it's very pretty when it blooms.
|bordering the sidewalk to the side porch|
|In front of Homestead Purple Verbena, also a reliable August bloomer|
Some of the beauties from early in the summer are still hanging in there, displaying a bloom or two.
This is the lone bloom on the Luna Blush hibiscus.
The Meadow Beauty, a native wildflower, isn't blooming as profusely as it was, but there are still plenty of delicate blooms around the birdbath.
Several varieties of coreopsis have been faithful all summer.
There are a few newcomers to the garden that have proven reliable through the August heat.
If you stroll around my garden you'll see these and other blooms - zinnias, knock-out roses, hot lips salvia, blue speedwell, May Nights salvia, Becky Towe Phlox, red yarrow, dianthus, and more. But if you want to be surrounded by blooms, you'll want to have a seat in one of those Adirondack chairs.
Click on over to May Dreams Gardens and see what's bloom in other gardens around the world.