Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

To read my complaining on a previous post, you would think that my garden had become a dry wasteland. My plants are actually holding up pretty well, considering that we have gotten less than three inches of rain the entire summer. What has kept me so busy watering is one bed that I completely replanted this spring, and various other individual new plantings scattered here and there. Anything that is two years old and well established has been pretty much on its own.

So here's what's blooming in August:

Lantana, my "butterfly magnet."

Hummingbird Licorice/Hummingbird Mint (Agastache)

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Crape Myrtles
Coreopsis, Aster, Black-Eyed Susan

Butterfly Bush

Anthony Waterer Spirea


Angelonia (First time we've grown this annual. It loves to bake in full afternoon sun! The hummingbirds visit it from time to time.Take a tour of everybody's gardens on the 15th of each month at May Dreams Gardens!


Carolyn gail said...

Beautiful blooms, David . That Crepe Myrtle makes me homesick. They've developed one that's hardy for the Northern climate now. I've just got to find space for it in my small urban yard.

Layanee said...

David: The lantana sure is a butterfly magnet! I also love the angelonia. It is a great annual!

Carol said...

All your flowers look wonderful for late summer. Perhaps plants can survive with less water than we think?

Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Connie said...

Wonderful photo of the butterflies around the Lantana! I may have to try looks like a bloomin' machine. :-)

healingmagichands said...

I didn't know yarrow came in that color! Love your gardens. And your butterfly pictures are outstanding.

David in Greensboro, NC said...

If the climate keeps getting hotter, Carolyn, you might be able to plant a "Biloxi" in your yard.

Layanee...The butterflies are ALL OVER that lantana. I have a bench beside it and butterflies just flutter all around my head.

Carol...they really have done well with little water. You see how good the lantana looks--I had not watered it at all until yesterday.

Connie, if the Angelonia survives on my desk, it'll survive anywhere. It's as hot as a parking least until my trees get taller.

Healingmagichands...yep; that's the only color I have now, although I'm hoping my neighbor will give me some of her yellow.

Thanks, everyone, for visiting my garden!

LCShores said...

Ooh, what kind of hydrangea is that? None of mine are white this late in the season!

Mary said...

David, your flowers are doing remarkably well! My gardens are so young (most of the flowers are new) and they are struggling. Well, I'm struggling. Next summer I think they'll be able to withstand the heat and drought.

I heard that severe water restrictions took effect in Fort Mill, SC - not far from here.

Annie in Austin said...

David, you picked some winners for a hot and dry year - I don't know what we Texas gardeners would do without Lantana and Crepe myrtles.

The humidity usually crashes my yarrow pretty fast, however!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

David in Greensboro, NC said...

lcshores--I'm not sure what kind of hydrangea that is, but I like it. It came from my grandfather's yard.

Mary--they've done better than I would have expected. Of course, over the years, I've given up on any plant that is weak and fussy!

Annie--Yes, I let my non-gardening friends see my lantana, crape myrtle, and spirea and let them think I'm an expert gardener...If they ask, I'm honest and say that they are just really easy to grow!

Thanks for visting, everybody!

David in Greensboro, NC said...

LCShores--I think it might be a hydrangea paniculata "Limelight." Check out "Ledge and Gardens" from my blogroll.