Friday, August 15, 2008

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day August 2008

It is the 15th of the month again and that means it is Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, hosted by Carol of May Dream Gardens. I don't have nearly variety of flowers that I had for July. The excessive water that we have had here in the Boston area has really put a damper on things. Even some annuals have bit the dust - err not dust since there is none. In reality they have drowned or mildewed. I could show you some really nasty photos of my iris foliage. I've never seen it like this before. But I'll be kind and not show you the carnage.

The rain has been good for some things. My raspberries are exploding with berries. The bumblebees have all moved to the raspberry patch. The patch is right next to the driveway (pavement being the best way to keep raspberries under control), and I find it very hard to get into my car anymore. I have to lift up the brambles to get into the car - being very gentle so as not to disturb my bumblebees.

In the vegetable garden, everything is blooming: my summer squash and pumpkins; the cucumbers; beans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, chamomile, dill, thyme, mint (though I try to keep it picked off, I never succeed), feverfew, and lemon balm. The photo is of my Super Chili peppers. Though you can see a little white flower at the end of the branch, the really pretty part are the ripe peppers. They are as pretty as any of my flowers.

As to ornamental flowers, I have plenty of annuals: cosmos, snapdragons, impatiens, marigolds (which I had to have a photo of since Carol wondered if anyone else still grew them - yes we do), sweet allysum, dahlias (yes I grow them as annuals because I'm too lazy to save the tubers), johnny-jump-ups, and I'm sure some I've forgotten. My lobelia has rotted out which is sad since I love the deep blue color they had in the spring.

I have very few perennials blooming: rose, rudebeckia, three types of coreopsis, and ballonflower. I do have a couple of blooms left on my pink mallow and on my pinks (what are they still doing blooming?), but for the most part they have finished.


  1. I guess too much rain can be just as damaging as too little Daphne. I love the balloon flowers,mine have long since faded. The dahlias look great too. They are big water lovers so they were probably happy this summer. Great GBBD post! :)

  2. lovely...I had a surprise rebloom from a balloon flower. Come harvesting time and you will be celebrating again an again.


  3. Yes my dalias have been growing very well, better than most years. Of course they are planted facing my neighbor so I never really see them except when I weed that border.

  4. I love seeing both vegetables and flowers in a garden... thanks for joining in for bloom day again.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  5. Those are cute little peppers! We too have LOTS of marigolds this year. We planted them all around the potager. Some have gotten HUGE.