Flowers surviving in dry, dry conditions

My August 2010 gardens are parched in spite of regular watering. Still, on this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day there’s color to be found in my south central Connecticut gardens.

Cosmos and Grandpa Ott morning glories (ipomea) revisit every year.

cosmos      Ipomea Grandpa Otts

Echinacea and anemone are August stand-bys.

echinacea      anemone

Zinnia angustifolia dance with lavender and coleus.

zinnia angustifolia      zinnia angustifolia and coleus

Browsing deer have finally left perennial sweet peas to bloom and a bee shows his hind end while engrossed in a pumpkin blossom.

perennial sweet pea      pumpkin blossom

Tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, eggplant, and beans are calling for harvest and even our lack of rain doesn’t keep raspberries from promising a prolific late summer crop.

A look back to August 2009 shows more in bloom last year in my gardens. This year the double lilies are scorched from the heat and done blooming, phlox are looking tired, and Endless Summer hydrangea long ago declared an end to their fresh blue blooms by turning shades of purple and green.

And in looking back I found the subject of my next GOOPs – Gardening Oops – post. Visit again on September 1 to read the next in my series of GOOPs. As a long-term gardener I’m not afraid to admit my faux pas or to share them with you. If you’re up to admitting one of your gardening mis-steps, come back September 1 to share it with me and fellow GOOPs posters.

Now, however, head to May Dreams Gardens for more delicious photos of gardens in bloom this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

9 comments for “Flowers surviving in dry, dry conditions

  1. August 15, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Joene,

    Happy Bloom Day! Your garden looks colorful even without any help with the watering from Mother Nature. I love the rich color of Granpa Ott – do you grow it from seed each year or does it happily reseed itself right there in your garden?

  2. August 15, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Love that pretty pink anemone. We’ve been so dry here too, and the rudbeckia that towered over my patio wall last summer is just barely over the top of it this year, despite constant watering. Everything in my garden looks sparse and skimpy, but there are blooms!

    I enjoyed your recent series of posts on landscape styles.

  3. joenesgarden
    August 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

    My Grandpa Ott reseeds every year. I’m at the point of pulling out some of it’s many volunteers just to keep it looking a bit neater.

  4. joenesgarden
    August 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Thanks, Laurrie. I have one more post in my landscape styles series, but put it off to celebrate Bloom Day.

  5. August 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

    My Endless Summer hydrangea gave up too. We’ve concentrated on the watering the veggies and let everything else fend for itself with predictable results. I don’t think my Mother’s Day clematis plants are going to come back in the spring.

  6. joenesgarden
    August 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I’m also watering judiciously, Heather. We never know when rain will actually hit, in spite of many forecasts for wet weather.

  7. August 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    It’s nice that you have so many pretties despite the tough summer we’re having – I’m hoping for a cool damp fall to give the plants strength to get through winter…

  8. joenesgarden
    August 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Cyndy, I’ve already started watering my shrubs to insure they have adequate water before winter. Hopefully we will get the rain forecast for this week.

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