What’s in Bloom Here Now – Aug 2015

Skidding in slightly late for the 15 August GBBD — but there’s still a lot of August to come…. We’re forecast 90-degree temps for this week, some of our hottest of the year.

First, blooms aside, we had our first monarch butterfly sighting of the season in the yard this weekend:

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Two clearwing moths — both Hemaris thysbe, the hummingbird clearwing, and Hemaris diffinis, the snowberry clearwing — have graced us and the buddleia with their presence this past week or so, too; they move very fast and are hard to photograph!

Hemaris thysbe (hummingbird clearwing) on buddleia
Hemaris thysbe (hummingbird clearwing) on buddleia
less moth but a bit clearer
less moth but a bit clearer
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Hemaris diffinis, the snowberry clearwing

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It’s also harvest time here in NH, with a bumper crop of cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, Sungold tomatoes, basil, and green beans. And new this year: beets!

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And now, without further ado, on to the late summer blooms, by colour this time:

Purples & Blues

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willow gentian (Gentian asclepiade) in bud
blue hydrangea
blue hydrangea
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been on veronicastrum, which is just about finished blooming
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lavender phlox in the back border
'Rozanne' geranium
‘Rozanne’ geranium
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‘Johnson’s Blue’ geranium in front border
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buddleia in vegetable garden
Epargyreus clarus (silver-spotted skipper) on buddleia
Epargyreus clarus (silver-spotted skipper) on buddleia
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heather
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Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) in bud … just about to bloom!
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globe thistle (Echinops) in sunroom border
comfrey buds
comfrey buds
blue vervain (Verbena hastata)
blue vervain (Verbena hastata)
anise hyssop and Queen Anne's Lace in fruit guild
anise hyssop and Queen Anne’s Lace in fruit guild
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thyme in front border (with red crocosmia petals)
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Russian sage (Perovskia) in side bed, with Asclepias incarnata and red monarda

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Pinks & Reds

white and pink echinacea
white and pink echinacea
light pink echinacea in back border
light pink echinacea in back border
cleome grown from seed
cleome grown from seed
weeping 'Jade' crabapples
weeping ‘Jade’ crabapples
hydrangea (from a plant sale) in bloom
hydrangea (from a plant sale) in bloom
pink and white zinnia
pink and white zinnia
Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice')
summersweet (Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’) shrub in bloom
elderberries
elderberries
red bee balm (Monarda) in front bed
red bee balm (Monarda) in front bed
great golden digger wasp on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
great golden digger wasp on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Anemone tormentosa in bud
Anemone tormentosa in bud
mostly cosmos in the vegetable garden
mostly cosmos in the vegetable garden

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Yellows & Whites

hydrangea (plant sale) and goldenrod in the back border
hydrangea (plant sale) and goldenrod in the back border
'Hab Grey' sedum
‘Hab Grey’ sedum
Kirengeshoma in bud and bloom
Kirengeshoma in bud and bloom
dill, weeping dwarf spruce
dill, weeping dwarf spruce (with Joe Pye in background)
'Summer pastels' yarrow
‘Summer pastels’ yarrow
butterfly seed mix - rudbeckia, crimson clover, cosmos, etc.
butterfly seed mix – rudbeckia, crimson clover, bachelors buttons, cosmos, etc., with asclepias, yarrow, and anise hyssop
tansy in fruit guild
tansy in fruit guild

And a few landscape photos:

vervain and a stormy sky
vervain, weeping ‘Jade’ crabapple, spruce, and a stormy sky
Scarlet runner beans, dwarf cherry tree, bee balm, zinnias
scarlet runner beans, dwarf cherry tree, bee balm, zinnias, vervain, broccoli
back border
back border
back border
back border
shade garden with hanging begonia
shade garden with hanging begonia
part of patio and backyard
part of patio and backyard

Until September!

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And if you want more August blooms, check out these great blogs:

Kathy Sturr at The Violet Fern in Upstate New York U.S.

Flutter & Hum in the Pacific Northwest U.S.

Helen Johnstone at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog in Worcestershire, England, UK

Lee at A Guide to Northeast Gardening on Long Island, NY, U.S.

Jessica at Rusty Duck in southwest England, UK

 

4 Comments on “What’s in Bloom Here Now – Aug 2015

  1. Your garden looks so wonderfully lush! The Anemone buds are adorable, and I’m completely in love with the expanse of Vervain – a new plant to me. And, thank you so much for the plug – I’m much obliged! 🙂

  2. Molly, your photographs are fabulous, and the diversity of your garden(s) is awesome. Thank you for sharing these. Just looking at your images is an education in itself!

  3. You are so kind to mention me. Such beautiful variety you have and I just love those clearwing moths! I haven’t seen any in my own garden so far this year but I know they are around. It is nice to see Monarchs. I can’t help but think when I see one, “Will this be the last time I see a Monarch?”

  4. Stunning photographs and lovely to see all the pollinators. We’ve had more bees this year than I’ve ever seen before. I hope this means their populations are on the rise. I do like the Kirengeshoma. The blooms look so exotic. I’ve been looking out for one for a while. Many thanks for the link too.

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