The crazy summer continues here, with our early spring warmup causing at least one big surprise for my August Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day:
My toad lilies normally bloom in September... sometimes October... but NEVER (until now) in August! I captured this first bloom on Thursday night around sundown, and more have followed. They're beautiful--and frankly, I was happy to see this plant reemerge after a really tough, dry 2009--but definitely on an accelerated schedule.
When I checked last year's GBBD post, I was surprised to see that this year's Japanese anemones, shown above, are at about the same fullness of bloom now as they were in 2009. They started earlier, and it has been another tough, dry year, so I had expected them to be closer to "done," I guess.
More typical August bloomers include squash blossoms:
This 'Hopi Red Dye' amaranth--which is so tall, I have to crane my neck to take its photo:
Orange butterfly weed, which I keep in bloom by deadheading it religiously:
'Hab Gray' Sedum:
'Empress of India' nasturtiums, just beginning because they were sown so late:
'Black and Blue' Salvia (with 'Acapulco' agastaches blooming in the background):
Pennisetum, with caryopteris just starting to bloom (at its tips) behind:
The Dragonwing begonia that I overwintered, then added to the mixed monstera container this summer:
And a few more things, like self-sown red snapdragons and orange calendula, a few different thymes, a couple of hostas and heucheras I haven't gotten around to tidying up yet, 'Albury Purple' St. John's Wort, an abutilon, 'Vista Purple' salvia, Russian sage, hens & chicks, and bronze fennel... plus the annual red salvia and portulaca that I have in my clay tile planters. And of course, the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basils and oreganos are still blooming strongly, too. (In spite of my best efforts to keep those last two in check!)
To see what else is blooming in gardens around the world today, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens!