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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2013

By Patientgardener @patientgardener

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It is definitely high, or some might say late, summer as the Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’ has started to flower.  I have to say I am surprised as it has been so dry this year and I thought the Ligularia would struggle.  Admittedly the display isn’t has stunning as other years but it is still good.

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The Japanese Anemones have started to flower, again another late summer flower.  I love this plant especially at dusk when the flowers shine out from the shade.

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The Dahlias are all flowering – having shown a few previously I thought I would include  this one as it is a rather nice color.  This is a Bishop’s Children seedling grown last year and I think it is a keeper.

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I am particularly pleased with these Zinnias.  I have tried to grow them in previous years but either they haven’t germinated well or the plants haven’t been happy wherever I have planted them.  This year I was late sowing them and they are in a fairly shady location which I think helped them when it was so hot a month ago.  Zinnias may just creep on to the list for next year although I was adamant that I wasn’t growing annuals next year.

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I love this Thalictrum, I think it is Thalictrum album and it flowers several weeks later than the other Thalictrums I have.  It is also a lot shorter which I like.

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One of my new Echinacea which the bees have been loving.  I think I have decided where to plant them so they might be lucky and get their feet in the ground this weekend.

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One of my very favorite flowers at this time of year, Lobelia tupa.  I know I have shown it before but I just can’t help myself.

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Flowers have started to appear on the slope which is a real result considering the poor things were unceremoniously moved earlier in the year.  Amazingly, considering I wasn’t sure what plant was what so early in the year the slope isn’t looking too bad.  The Liatris spicata above is a real star and the spike of flowers makes a nice contrast to all the daisy style flowers.

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The new Monardas are beginning to look good and attracting bees which is good as the Digitalis ferruginea next to it is just going over.

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Finally, a couple of Pelargonium flowers.  Surprisingly, these flowers are on the same plant.  Not two plants in the same pot but the same plant which has two strong stems one with pale pink flowers and one with the brighter  pink flower – very strange indeed.

These are the floral  highlights in the garden today.  There are also more Dahlias, Rudbeckia, Cosmos, Phlox flowering their socks off.

For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts pop over  to Carol’s  blog – May Dreams


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