I am so pleased to say that I have several blooms that are quite exciting to me this month. First up is the Cardinal Flower. It is planted here with some tall Blue Lobelia and a wonder of wonders a Dusty Miller that lived through the winter. It was something of a surprise that the Dusty Miller lasted because the rabbits ate the other ones. I didn't expect it to live in the first place since none had ever done so before. Neither had Cardinal Flower so that is why I am excited about this one.
Now don't go noticing those papers on the ground. There are other things happening to this flower bed that I will talk about another time.
Look at this rather delicate looking vine going up the post with chicken wire around it. It is Passiflower Lutea, our native Passionflower. I planted it as a tiny tendril last year. The rabbits ate it to the ground, not once but twice. Then this year it took off.
It started budding up this past week. Then we got some rain day before yesterday and POP. We have blooms.
They are so small but they are sweet. I asked my DB to take pictures of the blooms. I couldn't get anything that resembled the flower.
They look like little stars. I hope they lure Fritillaries into the garden as they use this for laying eggs.
Rattlesnake Master (eryngium yuccifolium) is another plant that has taken me several tries to get established. I think I finally found a spot it likes. You can see that it will have to duke it out with the Northern Sea Oats.
This hardy Hibiscus isn't one of the new huge ones. I have had this plant for 40 years. I have moved pieces of it with me through all my moves. It reminds me of my childhood. I moved it once again this spring. It was out by the mailbox and was a pill to mow around so I moved it to the back garden. It doesn't get as much sun and I wondered if it would even take but here it is blooming once again.
If you look down this path, you can see that the rest of my blooms seem to be the stalwarts of this time of year. Hostas, black eyed Susans, tall Phlox, Monarda. In the bed on the right I have been removing some and planting others so there will be more of a mix next year.
How about your garden? What is blooming this 15th of August? Please do go over to Carol's at May Dreams Garden where many post about their blooms on the 15 of the month.