August Perseid Meteor shower over for another year, it’s now time to seek out the star performers of the garden. If you’d like to see lots and lots of garden stars and starlets from all over the world head over to the monthly blogger event that is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Your host Carol and many blogging friends will be waiting for you 🙂
Usually my photos for my GBBD post are taken on the day. However, we’ve had a fair bit of rain and wind this past while. A brief camera outing yesterday morning captured the images shown below.
Drumstick alliums are finally in flower and are attracting lots of insects including bees and many Hoverflies. Taking photos of these blooms are tricky as the stems catch the wind easily and the bees don’t stay still long 🙂
I have another two pink varieties in flower too and the white ones are just beginning to open. Once again this is a great flower for insects – seen above with Hoverflies.
Finally to a border view in my back garden which shows that we’ve not been having drought issues here. All greens and foliage are wonderfully lush.
Note the chunky stone pavement in the middle which I added this year to make it easier to reach the bird feeders hanging on the tree here. It works a treat and will be particularly handy in the winter months.
Flowering with the Drumstick Alliums above there is Red Campion and Borage in the background. Astilbe Sprite is in the foreground with Heuchera and Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt’s Double’ (from memory) in the middle. I love those tiny purple flowers of the Thalictrum.
The pink/purple flower spikes on the right I don’t have an ID for. I do remember they were labelled as a Piet Oudolf collection and bought fairly locally. The bees and Hoverflies love it. I’d welcome an ID if anyone recognises it 😀
So… I’m guessing… you’re guessing… we had rain today as I used these photos. Nope, that’s not what prevented my camera from snapping and sharing more blooms.
Today, was a lovely warm day and I managed to catch up on a few garden jobs needing my attention – naturally I took this opportunity to mix up the plantings again too and I had so much fun that I forgot to take my photos 🙂
Other plants in flower in my garden at the moment include Rose Madam Carriere, Clematis Niobe, Picardy and another that I need to find a label to ID.
Nepata Walker’s Low was flowering too as was Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’, a Rhodendron (small yellow bells) and a perennial with tall spires of pink flowers that are loved by insects – I’d love to find the label for that one too.
Knautia Mars Midget is still holding on to flowers in my front garden where the Red Campion growing there is finally bowing out. I’ll collect Red Campion seed capsules if it’s dry tomorrow then cut the plants to the ground so any younger plants have a chance to flower.
So that’s it all wrapped up for another month. I’m a tad late (UK time) in posting this so it will be tomorrow now before I can get browsing the Blogs over at Carol’s. See you then – wishing everyone a Happy GBBD.
That’s the annual Perseid Meteor shower over for this August too. We had a lot of cloud so visibility was hampered. Last night was a clearer sky but disappointingly I never saw a single Meteor. On previous years I have been lucky enough to see them so I do know what we were missing. Ah well… hope you enjoyed some sightings where you are 🙂
This post was written by Shirley for the blog shirls gardenwatch.