Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day Post for August
Late to the party as usual, so I'll dive right in. Of my entire dahlia collection only one has survived. Fortunately it's also my favorite, Bednall's Beauty.
A few years back I bought some hydrangeas in 2" pots from Heronswood Nursery. I didn't expect them to amount to anything for several years, especially not when a couple of them suffered severe winterkill every year. I moved a couple of them to warmer spots last fall and they've rewarded me by blooming this summer. This one has a real mouthful of a name-- Hydrangea macrophylla GartenBaudirektor Kuhnert:
Over the years this variegated hydrangea has become less variegated, both in foliage and in bloom every year. It used to have huge splashes of white on the leaves, and both pink and blue flowers. It's less flashy now, but so am I:
One of my new daylilies, Ruffled Apricot:
Also in bloom: Coneflowers, most of the roses, gladiolus, sweet peas (finally!), nasturtiums, and calendula.