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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

GBBD- What's Blooming Now, August 2012

Welcome to August GBBD!  To see what else is blooming in other gardens around the country and world, go to May Dreams Gardens, hosted by Carol, who just celebrated her 2000th post!  Congratulations!

Some of the Malvas are blooming now, this one takes care of itself, Malva alcea fastigata-
A surprise was first-time bloom on Alcea ficifolia 'Antwerp' mixed, grown from seed a couple of years ago, which turned out to be a black red-
A Hibiscus 'Roselle' bloom is just opening, my first success getting it to bloom in a large container also containing a Moringa tree, and Cerinthe purpurascens.  Roselle is the plant from which comes the Hibiscus calyxes used as an antioxidant and colorant in teas like Red Zinger.  I updated the photo.
I hope to keep it alive by taking the container in this fall.  Also updated.
Next to it are blooms on my Kamo Eggplant, with a Sarracenia peeking in on the right-
Also on the deck are blooming a couple of geraniums I divided last year, in one of my favorite garden colors, peachy salmon.  They will spend the winter by my kitchen sink, hopefully in bloom.
Here is a self-sown Geranium pratense, the parent was Splish Splash; it gets rather tall-
Some roses are still blooming, here is my favorite Rugosa, Topaz Jewel, now about 6' tall-
The daylilies are winding down, but some Agastaches grown from seed this year are starting to bloom, the taller ones got deer-nipped-
Another rose, a ground cover type called Lavender Dream-
The herbs are blooming but I am going to save them for another post, so here is my last entry, Crocosmia or Montbretia, much shorter than Crocosmia 'Lucifer', and one of those super tough hard to kill plants.
Looming on the horizon are several days of near 100*F temperatures, so I will be properly commiserating with the rest of the country for a while.  I'm be doing a lot of watering.



  1. Your garden looks like a little piece of paridise.

  2. Thanks, Patsy. You might not think so if you could see all the weeds going to seed from 2 weeks of vacation, and all the blackberry vines coming up everywhere. But it's the fruit, vegetables, and flowers that make it all worthwhile.;-)

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    1. Thanks! I am a bit of an outlaw gardener myself, except that I have given up on the zone fight, after losing a lot of plants. I like your posts on the Fronderosa Frolic,

  4. I love your alceas and that yellow rose. I gave up on hollyhocks because of rust. Happy GBBD!

    1. I don't know if I ever grew hollyhocks before, so I was surprised when I got very tall, nearly as tall as me. The color was a surprise too. So far no rust. The Alceas are practically a weed, they come up every year without care and tend to flop.

  5. Lovely blooms...those Malva are just wonderful...and you're right about Crocosmia!

  6. Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is my favorite, but the Mont Bretia at least doesn't flop like the Lucifer which gets to tall every year and has to be staked. :-(