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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2011

15 Aug Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2011

We awoke to much needed rain today here in the northeast, so instead venturing out into the garden and nursery, I thought I’d share some photos taken over the last week. Enjoy!

A stalwart in the late summer garden, the Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’) are putting on quite a show!

 Henry Eilers (Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eiler’) is just beginning to show off. He is cousin to Black-eyed Susan, but towers over her at close to five feet, and has very cool petals!

This peach colored daylily (Hemerocallis cv.) has been blooming for a few weeks now. I can’t remember it’s name, but it has survived all the abuse we could throw at it over the past ten years or so and keeps coming back.

Part of the Big Sky series, ‘After Midnight’ Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Emily Saul’)  has amazing color in its stem.

These Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) have also been flowering for a few weeks and rival Henry Eilers in height.

Goldenrod (Solidago sp.), another star of the late summer meadow is always abuzz with activity.

Although not hardy here, Red Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) adds beautiful burgundy tones, and graceful form against a backdrop of Northwind Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’).

Chicago Apache daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Chicago Apache’), boasts deep scarlet petals with ruffled edges and a yellow throat.  Very striking, and stands out from all the way across the yard.

And last, but certainly not least, I find endless enjoyment watch the butterflies and hummingbirds visit these Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis ). It’s nectar incites afternoon long battles among the hummers, as they try to syphon off every last drop!

Well that’s what blooming here in our northern Connecticut garden, I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour! Be sure to head over to May Dreams Gardens, and see what’s blooming in Carole’s garden and in other gardens around the world. Until next time, I hope your garden is full of blooms and busy with pollinators!

Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so, or if you like, head over to the Facebook Page and share a picture of your Bloomday. We’d love to see it!

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  • Jocelyn/the art garden
    Posted at 17:29h, 15 August Reply

    Love the Echinacea with the purple stems – very striking. And how did you capture that butterfly so perfectly??? WOW! Thanks for the tour, Scott.

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 18:24h, 15 August Reply

      The overall effect of after midnight is deep full color Jocelyn, your right, it really is striking! I took quite a few shots of that butterfly before getting anything decent. The Hummers on the hand are impossible with my camera and no zoom lens. Thanks for stopping by!

  • The Sage Butterfly
    Posted at 19:50h, 15 August Reply

    Your display of blooms is beautiful…so colorful and vibrant. And your prairie coneflower is lovely…these are on my list to add to my cottage garden. Happy GBBD!

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 22:42h, 15 August Reply

      They’d be perfect for a cottage garden, and full of pollinators!

  • Scott
    Posted at 12:27h, 18 August Reply

    Just lovely…beauties, all of them! I do wish they would breed/find a hardy version of the red/purple Pennisetums…that would be so amazing!

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 14:41h, 18 August Reply

      Thanks Scott! I agree in regards to the Pennisetum, but until they do it’s worth the trouble and minimal expense buying them each year.

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