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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day August 2015

It's mid month and time again for garden bloggers' bloom day, an opportunity to document and share what's currently blooming in our gardens.  Here are some highlights from my garden today

The hardy fuchsias are going strong.







The tuberous begonias are blooming nicely.  Seems like all the plants today had buds and flowers past their prime.






Cool looking buds on a cane-type begonia. 

Pink  Begonia boliviensis 

Begonia boliviensis.  This is the species, not the popular selection 'Bonfire' but I can't tell the difference.

Hydrangeas



Dichroa febrifuga

Cyclamen hederifolium

Anemone hupehensis (Japanese Anemone)

Abutilons



Okay, they're not flowers but aren't the seed heads of Arum italicum pretty?

Clerodendrum bungei

Clerodendrum trichotomum

Some hostas bloom later than others.

Bougainvillea.  Wonder it it'll live through the winter in the greenhouse?

Joseph's Coat rose and a noid clematis.
 Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

Impatiens glandulifera

 Angelica stricta ‘Purpurea’ which has beautiful purple foliage.

Lonicera somethingorother (honeysuckle)

Lagerstroemia 'Coral Magic'  This is my first Crepe Myrtle and the label says this one is small and suitable for containers.
 Phygelius  (Cape Fuchsia)
 Geranium 'Ann Folkard' 

 New Guinea impatiens


Eryngium a little past it's prime.

Tibouchina
Buddleia

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for dreaming up and hosting GBBD.  Be sure to visit her blog to see blooms from the gardens of garden bloggers worldwide!






37 comments:

  1. Wonderful blooms, Peter! I love fuchsias and Phygelius. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Nadezda. I hope you're enjoying the beauty and bounty of your August garden!

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  2. Wow, what an August garden you have. Fuchsias without sunburn. Tuberous begonias that are alive. Hydrangeas without sunburn. Begonias without sunburn. A treat to see.

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    1. There's a lot of shade in my garden so that sure helps. We got rain! Last week we had a thunderstorm that poured down heavy rain for thirty minutes and this past week we had a whole day of rain the soil is actually moist.

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  3. Beautiful!
    Love the Begonias!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea

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  4. Fuchsias and tuberous Begonias -- nothing prettier, not viable here. Your August Garden has some beautiful blossoms.

    I'm skipping Bloom Day post this month.

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    1. I'm very lucky to have landed in this climate!

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  5. You have so many lovely blooms. I may give tuberous Begonias a try next year. I'll see how much room I have in the greenhouse after I fill it up in the fall. I just love those big flowers. I should grow more Fuchsias too. I don't remember seeing a crepe myrtle in your garden. We're both going to cross our fingers about keeping our Bougainvillea going over the winter. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Tuberous begonias are really easy although I left some in the greenhouse too long, they hated the heat and didn't do well. Oops. The crepe myrtle is new, a small variety that's supposed to do well in pots. We'll see.

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  6. I searched local nurseries for B. boliviensis recently and could only find an unsatisfactory substitute called 'Unstoppable Upright Big Fire.' It's all about that scandent habit, not unstoppable upright! I bought it any...You've really kept things humming, Peter! No downtime in your garden. Lovely cyclamen with the fern. I keep meaning to find out if that arum likes it here in zone 10.

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    1. Bummer about B. boliviensis. Annie's Annuals has it if you're still looking. Arum - zones 5-9.

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  7. I thought the Fuschsias were amazingq until I saw the Begonias. Yikes, so lush and lovely. Is that Angelica hardy n zone 4-5, do you know?

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    1. Angelica stricta 'Purpurea' is hardy in zones 5 - 11. Here's a link to Annie's Annuals where I got mine: http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/view/?id=1618

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  8. Oh, how I miss Fuchsias and begonias. And you have Japanese anemones too. Happy Bloom Day, Peter. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Kris. Hope you're having a great new week!

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  9. Such wonderful abundance. It seems we share a love for Fuchsias and Begonias, and many other things too. Heck - I love them ALL!!!

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  10. Your flowers look so lush and moist, I love seeing all the dancing ballerina Fuchias, Abutilons, Clerodendrums, Begonias, and so on, that don't do that well in the hotter dryer weather down here. The hummingbirds must be so happy there.

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    1. We got rain! First a thunder storm that dumped heavily for at least thirty minutes and then a few days later, an entire day of rain. Nice heavy soaking the soil rain! Those silly hummingbirds spend so much time fighting over territory that it's funny!

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  11. I so love fuschias. I get so upset when the box stores bring them out in Oklahoma each spring though because they just make our red dirt hearts break here. We're way too hot. I like that I can come to your blog and visit yours with happiness. Happy Bloom Day OG.~~Dee

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    1. Strange what the box stores sell and sad, especially for a beginning gardener, to have things die on them!

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  12. I'm taking note of your Fuchias , I think I'll be getting down to Joy Creek soon . I want another one or maybe more for my back fence , they seem to enjoy it there.
    Happy bloom day.

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    1. Oh yes! A visit to a nursery is always a good idea and Joy Creek has such a nice selection of Fuchsias!

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  13. Oh yes, the Fuchsias look great. I have quite a few pots of them here, and they seem really full and lush this year. I was thinking about doing the same thing with Bougainvillea, except of course here in Wisconsin I would have to put it indoors--probably in the sunroom. You have so many beautiful things blooming in August!

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    1. I think you should give Bougainvillea a try! They're so beautiful. I'm always a bit envious of gardeners in slightly warmer climates who have it covering walls.

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  14. I really enjoyed looking at what's blooming in your garden. Very little in bloom here except our angel wing begonias, which have been blooming for months.

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    1. Ah, but you have so much fabulous foliage!

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  15. Oh the Fuchsias ! Such slim-pickens I had this month , and all Fuchsias are having their August too-damn-hot-and-dry pout. At least I can look at yours !

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  16. Love all those fuchsias - do they bring on squadrons of hummingbirds? Begonias are also lovely. Your Japanese anemone makes me wish I still had some.

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    1. The hummingbirds seem more interested in other plants for some reason. I seldom see them at the fuchsias

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  17. Could you share the name of the fuchsia, 6th one down ... orange and yellow! Very cool!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm sorry, I don't remember and can't find the tag. It's a species fuchsia with largish fuzzy leaves.

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  18. So many beautiful blooms Peter. Your garden must look wonderful. Fabulous photos too.

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  19. Hasn't your garden heard it's August and it should be panting and gasping for breath?

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.