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The Garden Awakens

Anise 'Woodland Red' ( Illicium floridanum ) A few weeks ago, I thought spring would never arrive, but now the change is astonishing. The nights are still cold (40s and sometimes even 30s) so planting tender annuals and vegetables is unwise although I have already succumbed, but covering and uncovering things gets old quickly. Someone made a wise comment last week and I must agree with them - "Don't plant anything tender until after May 1". Several plants are blooming like never before. One is the Anise shrub (above and below). I don't know if the recent tree pruning, which is allowing more sun into the woodland path, is affecting it or perhaps it is just age, but I've never seen so many blooms. Michael refers to this as "the stinky fish shrub" and I have to admit to smell of the flowers is quite unpleasant. It is so beautiful that I can overlook that. The old pink dogwood tree, which was already here, shades our woodland path and it too is prett

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - August 2021

August, how I hate thee. At least there are a lot of pretty blooms to look at, if you can tolerate the heat. Here's a look at some of the heat lovers along our southern facing back wall. The large crape myrtle is 'Catawba' and the smaller white one in the pot is 'Lunar Magic'. Also in the photo - Lantana 'Miss Huff', Brugmansia, Guara, Lobelia and the rose 'Gold Medal'.  The big tropical looking leaves in front of 'Catawba' is Honey Bush (Melianthus major).

Other blooms in the August garden -

This is exciting! Acanthus mollis (Bear's breeches) is blooming for the first time.

Allium 'Millenium'

Geranium 'Rozanne' and Aster 'Monch' with oregano. A bee-lover's paradise.


Cleome (Spider Flower)

Coreopsis 'Leading Lady Sophia'

Rose 'Cornelia'

Crocosmia 'Twilight Fairy'


Echinacea 'White Swan'

Rose 'Eden'

Pineapple Lily (Eucomia 'Sparkling Burgundy')

Fuchsia 'Santa Claus'


California Fuchsia (Epilobium (Zauschneria) 'Select Mattole')

Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll'

Goat's Rue (Galega 'Lady Wilson')

Heliotrope and Sedum 'Cherry Truffle'

Hydrangea 'Miss Saori'

Hydrangea 'Pistachio'

Rose 'Lamarque'

Ligularia 'Desdemona'

Lily 'Casablanca'

Morning Glory 'Granpa Ott'

Pennesetum '24 Karat'

Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

Lily 'Stargazer'

Visit Carol's blog at May Dreams Gardens to find more GBBD posts.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Beautiful blooms!
    Those morning glories seem to have a light of their own!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  2. What an absolutely beautiful array of August flowers. I love the bears breeches; and, although I don't grow them, the morning glories are a favorite of mine. Your Rose 'Cornelia' photo is stunning. It must be great joy sitting in all that beauty.

  3. You still have so much blooming in your garden. I have never seen Datura but it is so different and beautiful. Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  4. Wonderful blooms throughout the garden. The crape myrtle in the pot is stunning. I love the contrast of the dark leaf and the light blooms. Ligularia 'Desdemona' blooms stand out against the dark foliage too: the flowers are such a saturated shade of yellow... Morning Glory 'Granpa Ott' look like glass ornaments!
    August not my favorite month either, but it's half gone. Hang in there and enjoy the plethora of blooms in your amazing garden.

  5. Wow! I'm really impressed by your selection. We're both 8b, yet your garden is in bloom with things that would die over the winter here. Either you're in a little pocket of warm, or I'm the opposite!

  6. You have so many plants I can't even dream of growing! I'm envious of the Gentian, pineapple lilies, and the goat's rue. I have a Eucomis that comes up each year but has never bloomed. I got 2 blooms on my Acanthus this year but the plants have long since ducked underground to wait out the summer. There was a time that Acanthus grew well here but those days seem to be over :(

  7. That Zauschneria/Geranium combination is breathtaking! And I love that bronze-leaved Crocosmia, it looks like a Phormium.

  8. Your gardens are absolutely gorgeous and photographed so beautifully! The Acanthus mollis blooming is such a treat! Happy Bloom Day!

  9. What a gorgeous garden you have! Happy Bloom Day.

  10. Wow ! Your garden is absolutely beautiful !

  11. Your Ligularia is not like the colors I am familiar with. I was surprised how much bee love my oregano, too. Did they come from Italy? We missed you during last month's GBBD.

  12. I guess the best thing about August is that it make you really look forward to September..not t mention October. Provided there are no fires of course. I've admired your photos of Lamarque..If I ever actually plant another rose it will definitely be a noisette.

  13. Wow! Fabulous. Even in August. Your Eucomis is breathtaking--do you grow it in a pot or in the ground?


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