august blooms

I try not to repeat myself from one year to the next with my bloom day photos, but the ‘Casa Blanca’ lilies refuse to be overlooked.

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The bulbs I transplanted in the fall did not grow as tall as those left in place, but I like the way the structure of the leaves stands out against the dark background in the new location.

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Roses are not really my thing, but ‘Just Joey’ stole my heart with his maroon early growth, easy going style and subtle perfume.

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The new Dahlia, ‘Cheyenne’, picked up at Janet’s sale, is dazzling in the hot border.

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The bloom on the Castor Bean plant is an unusual, fuzzy affair.

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Most sedums are purely foliage plants in my book, but this one, which is usually the same color as the ninebark in back of the pot, suddenly lays a fluffy pink carpet at its feet and echoes the fading colors of the drumstick alliums off to the right (behind the ‘Gold Cone’ evergreen).

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These paler pink sedums are still looking OK, but you can begin to see how they turn brown and must be cut back to reveal the variegated foliage.

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Then there is ‘Angelique’, the sedum whose foliage is a golden glory…but the flowers? why? I say “Off with their heads! As quickly as possible!”

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But I’m sorry. This is supposed to be a celebration of bloom, so here is a bloom worth celebrating. It hangs in my studio most of the time, and puts forth one blossom at a time, sporadically.

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I moved it to the deck for its summer vacation, and looky here! A veritable bevy of buds are preparing to present us with a big ‘Thank you!” for our consideration.

Now, here’s the link to take you over to visit Carol and gain passage to a world full of blooms. Have fun!

6 Responses to “august blooms”

  1. Wendy Says:

    Beautiful blooms! I love that pinkish-purple sedum and that gorgeous bloom on the potted plant. It certainly likes its new home.

  2. lostlandscape (James) Says:

    If I lived in or near a city that declared itself the “rose city” I might feel like I’d need to buck the city boosterism. But I really do like the delicate Just Joey. Down here it’s been too cool for the various orchid cactuses to really get much into blooming, but when they do it’s pretty stunning–like yours. Happy bloom day!

  3. Loree/ danger garden Says:

    You have castor bean blooms!!! I am so jealous!

  4. ricki Says:

    Wendy~Three blossoms fully open this morning. Wouldn’t you know that would happen the day after Bloom Day.

    James~Yep, I figured you for a trend-bucker all right.

    Loree~I’m excited! The photo doesn’t come close to doing it justice.

  5. Grace Says:

    Hi Ricki~~ I know what you mean about the sedums. Some of them bloom in dandelion-yellow and they’re just not becoming at all. It looks like your ‘Dragon’s Blood’ is happy as a clam. Gorgeous photos.

  6. ricki Says:

    Grace~I thought that might be ‘Dragon’s Blood’. Thanks for confirming that. Oh goody…another dragon in my garden.

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