In a way, August seems like the end of the gardening season to me. I’ve just finished the last main pass through the garden, weeding, lightly trimming back some stuff that hasn’t yet flowered, and doing some general grooming, so apart from the vegetables, the garden won’t need anything from me until it’s time for cleanup in November. For the next couple of months, I’m just a spectator, which is fun in its own way. It’s also a relief, when the typical hot-and-muggy August weather makes it unpleasant to move around much.
Posts Tagged ‘Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day’
Yep, things are heating up this month, both temperature- and color-wise. Above is one of the hottest spots in the front garden, featuring Babylon Red verbena (Verbena ‘Oxena’) and ‘Splash Select Red’ polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya).
There are more bright spots to show off, but I’ll try to mix them up a bit to give you a break in between. So for now…
Oh my goodness, what an embarrassment of riches to choose from for this Bloom Day. I’ve left out most of the foliage to focus on the flowers, and it’s still hard to decide what makes the cut for this early-summer celebration.
After an unusually warm March and cool April here in southeastern Pennsylvania, things are pretty much back to normal as far as bloom times. And per the usual spring palette, there’s a whole lot of pink, blue, yellow, and white going on. They’re not my favorite colors, especially on sunny days, but they’re rather nice on cloudy days (which we’ve been having a lot of), or early in the morning.
I was going to subtitle this post “we now return you to your regularly scheduled spring,” since, after March’s May/June-like warmth, we’ve been plunged back into several weeks of frosts and freezes, drastically slowing the bloom season. So, things are emerging a bit closer to the time they normally would, though the trees are still about three weeks ahead of schedule. We usually don’t have lilacs in bloom by mid-April… Continue reading »