Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2013
I wonder if I’ll ever stop lamenting about the passage of time and how there’s no way it can possibly be this time of year, where has the year gone and why are things happening so quickly?
This feeling is definitely exacerbated when you work; as a student I never really felt my life was passing before me, even when I went back after working for 6 years. Now, we live for the weekend so thoroughly that a month passes by in the blink of an eye. And no, it’s not necessarily because I’m having lots of fun!
Anyway, we probably ought to start with the photographs already.
More of the same really, I don’t think anything new has begun blooming, plenty of things have stopped though and I’m quite disappointed with the Heleniums this year. They just didn’t last long enough and now I’m left with a rather bare/boring border which is only rescued by the Persicaria which has managed to reach gargantuan proportions this year and is making a real big statement. The blooms however, are small enough that the red/pink colour isn’t too overpowering.
Also, the Ragwort has mostly finished blooming now, and Rudbekia has just begun but with it being only in the one border, it isn’t making quite an impressive statement as the Ragwort did.
Oh and for anyone desperate to attract more Bees, Echinops is a must! Just look how many are on it. Amazing.
As we move into Aster season, first to bloom as always is the Flat-topped Aster but I hope to also get some more flushes from the Salvias before the end of the year otherwise things are really going to look empty very quickly.
Once again one of the Sea Hollies has died for no reason. This also happened last year, it was at its peak and then suddenly leaves begin to turn and the stems wizened. It looks really rather ugly at the moment as it’s too early for things to be turning brown and dying – October maybe, not August.
I’ve been trying to catch nice shots of the Dierama, but it’s almost impossible to catch how gorgeous it is as its wands float above everything else… I’ll keep trying!
The second of the roses I ‘accidentally’ bought late last year is blooming, I’m actually really disappointed that it has almost no scent at all and I have a sensitive nose! I think its blooms are otherwise lovely, but in my book it’s pointless if it has no perfume… I might give it to my parents since I’ve little use for it now.
I think that’s it for this bloom day, at the moment I’m mostly concentrating on Butterfly photos; we’ve had such a boom in Peacocks I lost count after 20 because they’re constantly moving around. Still no sign of Red Admiral or Painted Lady which is a surprise as I’d expect them to also have a really good year.