Rainy Connecticut for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

With my Connecticut gardens receiving soaking downpours – pushing three inches of rain since early yesterday morning – I have some soggy additions to the August 2011 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Carol, at May Dreams Gardens hosts this garden-fest on the fifteenth of each month so garden bloggers from all over the world can share what’s blooming in their gardens.

Gomphrena and ageratum happily soak up the rain.

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Autumn Joy sedum will soon burst into pollinator-attracting blossoms.

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But phlox blossoms are putting on their final show.

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The classic white zinnia I started from seed are off to a late start but that’s okay … they will brighten the beds during late summer/early autumn.

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Hydrangea paniculata and buddleia would have a flurry of bee and butterfly activity if not for the rain.

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Just two days ago I caught the morning sun glinting off of the last of my Hemerocallis Hyperion. With such a sweet lemony scent, I hate to see it go.

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The new-to-my-garden Knock Out Rosa ‘Radyod’ has lived up to its promise to bloom all season. It took just a brief flowering break in July after delighting me with many flowers during early summer. More buds stand ready to open after this flower fades.

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Most of the Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ blossoms – an Endless Summer selection – have shaded to their late summer purple-blue tinge. But one large blossom shows off the early summer blue and the late summer tint.

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One of my favorite blossoms, scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’, has flowered since late spring. Deadheading is the key to keeping this perennial in steady bloom.

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Some flowers of an unknown variety of variegated hydrangea macrophylla still look fresh and cool blue.

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And, in spite of leaf-nibbles from hungry … and unwelcome … deer, plus weather fluctuations from hot and humid to cool and soggy, anemone blossoms started opening a week or so ago and will … Mother Nature willing … continue into September.

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That’s it from my zone 6a Connecticut gardens. Be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens to enjoy what other garden bloggers’ have shared.

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10 comments for “Rainy Connecticut for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

  1. August 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    You have a lot o nice things going on in your garden. I always love the tall sedums just before the buds open. They look so frosty and cool.

    • joenesgarden
      August 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks, Laurrie. The tall sedums seem the most photogenic just before thier buds turn to blossoms.

  2. August 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    We also have had a lot of rain over the last few days. I think we would have more butterflies as well. Your garden looks lovely with such stunning blooms. I have pruned back most of my hydrangeas, so it is nice to see yours. Happy GBBD!

    • joenesgarden
      August 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you, Sage Butterfly. Hydrangeas really shine this time of year in my gardens.

  3. August 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Joene, Your garden looks bright and colorful. I’m hoping all the rain means the deer will leave some of plants alone. A quick walk around the garden today, in bewteen downpours, revealed the deer have been eating my forsythia:( That’s a first in the 19 years we’ve been here.

    • joenesgarden
      August 15, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks, Debbie. Oh, dear … or deer … not forsythia. Is it possible all CT deer are developing different tastes? If so, we are in trouble.

  4. August 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Joene,
    That varigated hydrangea may be ‘Light O’ Day’. It is a compact lacecap with white-edged foliage.
    We’ve had the rain up in Boston, too. I went out to photograph a couple of days ago and all the flowers were leaning forward. Today they are back up!

    • joenesgarden
      August 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks, Curtis but my variegated lacecap is not compact. It stands four+ feet tall and spreads as wide. I’ve had it for many years but never managed to get it to thrive and bloom until moving in into a newly fenced area. Now, three years after the move and with no more deer-nibbling setbacks, it blooms beautifully. I wish I had saved the plant tag but I’ve not been able to find it. We had 2.75 inches of rain over the weekend but now it’s sunny and beautiful.

  5. August 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Lovely post….I adore the pairing of the Gomphrena with the Ageratum!

    • joenesgarden
      August 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks, Scott. This is the first year I’ve tried that combo and it’s a banner year for gomphrena.

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