Monday, August 15, 2011

GBBD - Come have a seat in the blooms

Self-seeding impatiens.
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.
Kerria Japonica
Multiblue Clematis

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.


Bernie said...

Love those seats completely surrounded by Impatiens. Very cute! You do have quite a bit going on in your garden. Here, we have to eradicate Lantana as its classed as an environmental weed. It has taken over vast areas of the bushland here and is hard to get rid of. The Liriope looks lovely when it's blooming and I do so love that gorgeous little Meadow Beauty. It was great strolling around your garden today.

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Homestead is great and I love the dish hibiscus! I saw them for the first time this summer at my in-laws and was completely taken by this plant (would be annual in my zone). You really have a lot of lovely color in your garden for August. Happy GBBD!

Paul From Alabama said...

Love your garden but after staying up most of the night upgrading my operating system, a Mac, I just want to sit down in one of them beautiful blue chairs and take an nice long nap with the Impatiens.......Thanks for inviting me into your garden, come visit us sometimes.

Donna said...

Ginny how lovely. self-seeding imaptiens I wish. I do love lantana but it is an annual for me and hard to keep going. But the native hibiscus and the coreopsis are 2 of my fav native plants growing in my garden too...Happy GBBD

Larry said...

Hey! Your adirondacks would match my house really well! Mine have all decayed after man , many years and it's almost time to get busy and build some more! Great post today... thanks! Larry

Karen said...

I would love a seat in your Adirondack chair just to soak up all the beauty you have here. I wish summer lasted longer. Beautiful blooms!

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Too funny, I've had hummingbirds do that. I've had them squarely look me in the eye as if to say 'you weren't going to sip nectar from that fuchsia were you? mind if I cut in?'! It's been said, but the chairs are beautiful, both in color, and the fact that the impatiens seem to be swallowing them whole! I grew a lot of impatiens in our first garden, but never had them reseed. You're so lucky!

scottweberpdx said...

Beautiful post...I would love to sit in the chairs surround by Impatiens!

Mac_fromAustralia said...

I love those chairs!