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.
Autumn Joy sedum will soon burst into pollinator-attracting blossoms.
But phlox blossoms are putting on their final show.
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.
Hydrangea paniculata and buddleia would have a flurry of bee and butterfly activity if not for the rain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some flowers of an unknown variety of variegated hydrangea macrophylla still look fresh and cool blue.
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.
That’s it from my zone 6a Connecticut gardens. Be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens to enjoy what other garden bloggers’ have shared.