Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day
This is probably the worst year ever for my gardens. Definitely the worst since I started keeping a record (this blog). I love experimenting. This year I really pushed the envelope. Too much, it seems. I crashed and burned. Here is it the middle of August when my yard should be a blaze of color thanks to all the annuals that I normally grow from seed. Instead, very little is blooming. My biggest “crop” is weeds.
Thanks goodness for Rudbeckia. It is so tough and reliable that I plant it in places where nothing else will grow.
Like the front of my house, near the steps. This clump is three years old. It was originally about 6” (15cm) in diameter. Now it is 3’ (1m) across.
Petunias are also tough. I’m glad I used them in my hanging baskets.
It’s difficult to photograph them well, but below this basket is where I plant my Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate. I love coming home to them.
The Nikko Blue hydrangeas are now fading to rose which will become a soft brown as they dry.
Right below them you can see the asters that will be blooming in a few weeks. Last year the asters were blooming in July.
Across the sidewalk is the infamous Entry Garden. Last year I didn’t think it could possibly look worse. I was wrong. Virtually none of the seeds I planted germinated. A few sickly zinnias, bachelor’s buttons and these tiny marigolds:
None of the cosmos seeds I planted came up. Only a very few from last year reseeded.
It was breezy when I was taking pictures today, so I had to hold this one still.
The New guinea impatiens that I spent a fortune on, have not done well.
Of the three colors, only this orange one has bloomed consistently.
The impatiens that the squirrels did their best to destroy are magnificent.
I wish I could say that about the rest of my yard. The Echinacea is fading. This is the most presentable bunch.
There are just a few flowers on some of the perennials:
Except, of course, for the Rudbeckia. This is the original clump.
I started it many years ago from a tiny plant ordered from a catalog. Whenever I have an empty space where nothing grows, I dig up a clump from here.
The new Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden is probably the most colorful area in my yard right now.
The Russian Sage is still going strong.
The Butterfly Bush has its last flush of flowers.
Along the Ugly Green Fence, is my newest Echinacea.
I’m not sure why the centers are green.
A lingering poppy.
The only Cosmos.
Nigella and Yarrow
And finally, the only true spectacle this year: