August 3, 2012

And Summer Sails On

Summer drifts along and some areas of the garden are getting tired. The gardener is too. But there are some sights here that are still really nice.

Boltonia 'Jim Crockett' continues to be a happy camper.  It has bloomed for weeks now.

Nasturtiums are still climbing into the inkberry hollies.

Bottlebrush buckeyes still bloom even though the leaves are a little scorched.

The purple intensity of 'Forest Pansy' redbud is finally washing out a little, 
but looks kind of jewel-like now.

Nothing washed out about the clear intense red of lobelia cardinalis.

'Chiffon' Rose of Sharon is awash in frilly blooms.

Geraniums bloom on and on.  They haven't stopped all summer.

Black eyed Susans, daisies, and a pink fall anemone murmur among themselves
on a hot afternoon.

But isn't it too early for the anemone?

It's Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima' and it blooms in early fall. This is, I think, mid summer.

Yes, it is still mid summer, I'm sure.

It's hot and I am tired.

A nap perhaps, on the shaded porch, as summer sails on.

 

21 comments:

  1. Several other bloggers have mentioned that their fall flowers are blooming now. One of them seems particularly bothered by it.

    Everything looks beautiful.

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    1. Crafty Cristy, thanks! Some people do seem very unsettled about the weird weather and early blooming. Only a few plants here are ahead of schedule, others stubbornly stick to their own timetable, just as always.

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  2. Bets are off when it comes to bloom times. Plants are confused and tired, we're tired. Even the weather is tired. But you'd never know it from your images. That rose of sharon bloom looks fresh as a daisy – which in your garden is pretty fresh. And, yes, the red bud isn't fading; it's just morphed into another form of art.

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    1. Lee, the Rose of Sharon blooms have been particularly crisp and fresh, maybe it likes a lot of hot weather. It's not the prettiest form, but I forgive it for the flowers.

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  3. I hear you Laurrie. I'm sitting here trying to decide if I want to go mow the front lawn or pour myself a glass of wine and call it a night.

    Your garden looks darn good to me. Love the Lobelia cardinalis. I've never had good luck with them here. When I was out in the PNW a couple of weeks ago it seemed like everybody was growing the one with burgundy foliage 'Queen Victoria'. Oh how I covet that plant!

    Is that long blooming geranium Rozanne? I have a couple of long bloomers that finished up a few weeks ago but Rozanne keeps humming along.

    TGIF!

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    1. Sue, thank you. The lobelia is short lived, but cuttings root well so I keep adding more each season. I have another lobelia that has velvety purple flowers (green foliage though) and it does well.

      The geranium is G. vlassovianum and it isn't showy, but it does bloom for a long time. The leaves show rich fall color, which is when I really love it. I hope you decided on the wine and not the mower.

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    2. Thanks for reminding me-I have G. wlassovianum and like it alot but it's poorly planted in a dark, hidden spot. Time to move it to a position of more prominence.

      Yes, the wine won :).

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  4. My anemones(which look just like yours) have been in my garden for about 20 years and they have gradually moved from September 1st bloomers to August 4-5th. I will be home tomorrow from vacation, and I expect them to be blooming. I love how delicate they look in my shady garden.

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    1. Barbara, it's funny how some plants are adjusting their blooming to changing conditions, others are not. Some kind of ultra sensitivity in the anemones. I hope yours look lovely when you get home.

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  5. Your early August garden is still so beautiful, despite the heat. The drifts of Geranium look spectacular, and clumps of Boltonia are simply lovely. I think a quiet break on the shaded porch is well deserved.

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    1. Bernie, thanks so much. The quiet break on the porch revived me, and I'm ready to go out in the garden again (still too hot and humid here, though).

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  6. You have some real troupers in your garden Laurrie. Those pink anemones do bloom much earlier than the white ones in my garden too. They are struggling in my garden now. Not even buds yet. We finally got a shot of rain this week. Yay...

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    1. LIsa, I didn't know the pink anemones bloom earlier. We are so hot and dry here, but not like what you have been through. I do water the anemone a lot, since mine is in full sun, and I think it really would rather have shade. But it seems happy enough. I hope yours struggle through enough to give you those silvery buds and pretty blooms.

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  7. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one tired right now; the heat has taken taken away most of my motivation these days, so my garden is on auto-pilot. Your garden is looking lovely in spite of the heat, Laurrie--those geraniums are fabulous. I'm not sure if my lone litte anemone will ever bloom, but I do have asters starting to bloom. I keep wondering what will be left to bloom in September?

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    1. Rose, we haven't had the terrible drought and heat the midwest has, but it has been unusually hot and dry for New England, and I am tired of it. It does cheer me up to see things blooming and looking good despite the conditions. Asters blooming already? That's too early for sure!

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  8. Your path is gorgeous!! Tell that anemone to go back to bed! I'm adding more geraniums to my garden this fall. I need more tough plants. :o)

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    1. Tammy, thank you! The geraniums are a love-hate thing for me. They bloom all summer and look so good in this photo, but they sprawl and sometimes flop open, and do take a lot of trimming (they would overtake the walk entirely). I'm out there cutting back each week. Give yours some space if you plant them.

      Mine are G wlassovianum, and the fall foliage is a garnet jewel red, just beautiful.

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  9. I agree with Cas Mariposa- your path is gorgeous. I need to start planning a perennial area that looks like that :-)

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    1. Ruth, thanks so much. That bend in the walk is my favorite part of two gardens on two sides of the house. It's where the two join up and this year it all seems to work!

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  10. Laurrie, It does seem like it's been a long summer, perhaps because it started in March! Your garden looks lovely. I'm jealous of your geranium blooms, mine (G. Rozanne) where underwhelming this year, to say the least. Oh well, there's always next year.

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    1. Debbie, It really has been a long season, and hardly over yet. G. Rozanne usually performs well, so it's disappointing yours didn't. MIne are G. wlassovianum, and this has been one of their best seasons for long blooms and happy foliage.

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