I dreaded going out to the garden this morning knowing that I would find few post-worthy blooms. And yet, when I took the time to overlook the drooping hydrangeas and brown patches, I found some gorgeous flowers.
My favorite flower right now is this mystery hosta that I got from my mother. It is intensely fragrant and seems to be the hummingbirds' favorite as well. I have them planted all over since they tolerate sun fairly well but have most of them outside the kitchen window by the patio. Since we've had cool weather recently (what a blessing) and the windows have been open, the kitchen is filled with their wonderful perfume.
Here's a rundown of the August bloom action ...
My mystery sunflower -- it stands about 6' tall with multiple blooms on each stalk
The scarlet runner bean won't stop! It's incredible!
My garden stalwarts -- what would I do in August without these little soldiers?
The blue haze by the patio is actually this caryopteris "Longwood Blue" which I love, as do the butterflies and hummingbirds.
Mandevilla climbing up a birdfeeder pole.
The weeds are growing nicely.
Sedem Autumn Joy
Is this Costa Rican Salvia? It's been here a few years and I've forgotten what kind it is ...
Wild, unruly campanula -- it lives in the alley since it can't behave itself.
The glads are still going strong, this one is just starting to open. They are just lovely.