It's well past Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, but I wanted to post some of the beautiful things that are blooming here at Our Little Acre. Some of them are the same as last August, but there are some new ones as well.
The gardens are looking tired and dusty, due to the heat and lack of rain. Large cracks in the soil quickly soak up any moisture that comes their way and any watering we do seems to be just a drop in the bucket. Yet, somehow the plants pull from deep within themselves and produce lovely blooms.
Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles' has been a non-stop bloomer. I've deadheaded it part of the time, but it's also gone for several weeks without me touching it. It alway looks good, no matter what I do or don't do.
Clematis 'Mrs. P. Robert Brydon' is in its second full year here and it has really shot up. While it's considered to be a bush-type clematis, it's grown to six feet tall already. Once the blooms are finished, it will have puffs of fuzzy seeds where the flowers once were.
Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum 'Aglaia') is new to the garden this year. I love the frilly pom-pom daisies and would like to get 'Ice Star' if I can find it.
Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Carolina Breeze')
Zinnia 'Profusion Apricot' and 'Profusion Fire'
Everlasting (Xeranthemum annuum) is an easy-to-grow annual that I grew for the first time this year, from seed. The foliage is silvery-gray and the flowers are white, pink, and purple.
Celosia argentea var. plumosa 'Kimono Red'
Lilium 'Black Beauty'
Canna x. generalis 'Lippo'
Oriental Lily 'Sumatra' is planted next to 'Black Beauty' and the colors echo each other. The fragrance is out of this world in that part of the garden.
Geranium 'Rozanne' and Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis 'Hello Yellow'). You can also see Coreopsis 'Zagreb'.