Thursday, August 15, 2013

August is Blooming

This month, for a change, I've been taking pictures early in preparation for Bloom day so I'm on time instead of a day late, however, the down side is that I had way too many pictures! I've pared the stacks of images down and still, probably too many, but I love the abundance of flowers this time of year so hope you are all able to wade through.  Although the lilies and many of the perennials are done for the year the hydrangeas, rudbeckias and phlox paniculata are at their peak. The annuals really loved the hot temperatures during July and are looking great. The cooler temps that August brought to the Northeast placated the sulking fuchsias and they are all pushing out lots of flowers.  So without further ado, here's my offering for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - August 2013. Many thanks to Carol from May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly floral extravaganza.

Phlox paniculata 'Pink Flame'

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Phlox paniculata 'Pink Flame'

Tithonia with Bumble Bee

Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Cuphea ignea

Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Cuphea ignea

Abutilon 'Vodoo' with Ruby Meadowhawk

Fuchsia 'Beacon' and 'Beacon Rosa'  - This shrub is eight years old now.
 
Fuchsia 'Beacon'

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Fuchsia 'Beacon'

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Fuchsia 'Beacon'
Fuchsia 'Jack Shahan'


Fuchsia 'Jack Shahan' - The best growing and most vigorous fuchsia I know of. This one is a star!

Fuchsia 'Galadriel'

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Salvia 'Wendy's Wish - The Hummingbirds love this salvia!


Kirengeshoma palmate - with Ruby Meadowhawk

Rudbeckia fulgida - I threaten to remove these every year and every year they get a reprieve because of their ease of culture and abundance of bloom.

Sunpatiens 'Variegated Salmon'


 
Phox paniculata 'Nora Leigh'


Evolvulus 'Blue my Mind'


Ruellia

Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky'


Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky'
Rose 'The Fairy' with seed heads from Allium 'Globemaster' -
 I spray painted the Allium to match the roses after the Allium were done blooming.


Sedum 'Autumn Charm'

Phlox paniculata 'Shockwave'

Rose of Sharon 'Sugar Tips'
 


Phlox paniculata 'Shockwave'

Cleome 'Senorita Rosalita' with Russian Sage in the background


Buddleia 'Pink Delight'

Heliopsis seedling of 'Loraine Sunshine' - I'm liking the red stems and variegation on this one



Hybrid Tea Rose 'Fascination'


Hybrid Tea Rose 'Color Magic'





Cotyledon 'Happy Young Lady'

Agastache 'Kudos Coral'


Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'


Agastache 'Kudos Mandarin'
Cana 'Pretoria'
 
Thunbergia


Angelica gigas


Eupatorium 'Little Joe'




Persicaria polymorpha

Chelone

25 comments:

  1. Your hummingbird photos are out of this world! Happy GBBD!

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  2. Oh Deanne. This post was an absolute feast! So many fantastic photos of your gorgeous garden and its visitors. Those hummer photos are outstanding. And the one of the bees all over the Angelica, such busy little things. Thanks for posting!

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  3. Beautiful pictures, nice collection and compositions. Your flowers look so strong and healthy, thanks for sharing. Happy GBBD!

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  4. Hi Deanne, I just saw your question on my GBBD post. Yes, that is a Fuchsia magellanica in that bed. I actually have two in that bed, one on each end. They are in the ground and hardy. Sometimes they freeze to the ground but most years they just pick up where they left off with a little bit of die-back on the tips of the branches. They're actually getting a little too big and unruly, so I'm planning to prune them back to the ground next spring whether they die back or not. The hummers love them!

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    1. Thanks Alison, I love my Magellanica aurea but it has gotten enormous. I had it in a greenhouse over last winter so didn't cut it back much and now it need hedge clippers, LOL.

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  5. Wow, Deanne..this was an AMAZING post...loved every photo...I think the Cleome with the Russian Sage in the background was my favorite...just sumptuous...and now I want Red Dragonflies!

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    1. Many thanks Scott! LOL, I made a little bet with myself that you'd comment on that exact photograph. When I opened the file I thought it looked like a 'Scott' kind of image.

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  6. So glad you're including pollinators in your photos so everyone gets a taste of your amazing wildlife photography. These photos nourish my soul, Deanne!

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    1. Thanks Denise, I'm still working on getting a new telephoto lens, perhaps this fall. I'm getting ready to switch to my bird photography for the fall and winter. Wish I could keep up with all of it but there is only so much time and the gardens take all of it in the summers

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  7. Deanne, I'm always impressed by your posts, your collection of interesting and beautiful plants and the delightful combinations you make with them, and your skill with a camera! However, these images, especially the humming birds and Ruby Meadowhawk knocked my socks off! I admire your many talents! Thanks for sharing them with your readers!

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    1. Many thanks Peter, I appreciate the feedback. You put a smile on my face today

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  8. So beautiful Deanne...really really looking forward to seeing the changes and new combos since my last visit. Your insect images are to die for !

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I can't wait for your visit!

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  9. Seriously? As if 100 beautiful flower photos wasn't enough you gives bees and hummers and dragonflies too! I am in awe...gorgeous!

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  10. What a treat Deanne! Your photos and blooms are stunning!

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  11. Beauty abounds in your garden Deanne. So many lovely photos. I'm surprised editors aren't banging down your door to get some. Oh, and thanks a lot. Now I want Phlox 'Pink Flame' too. I don't need another phlox, but . . . . ~~Dee

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    1. Thanks so much Dee! yes, a gardener can always use another great perennial. You really do need to get Phlox 'Pink Flame' I highly recommend it. It seems to bloom forever. The first flush of bloom fades and falls away and a whole second and sometimes third flush follows. Also, I've never had any mildew or disease problems with it. A real winner.

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  12. Great images of beautiful blooms. Your hummingbirds are so cute and pretty.

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  13. Jeez, how much do you have to pay those hummingbirds to stand still for photos? :) And you got the gigas shot with bees. Mine all flew away while I was shooting. Isn't August grand?

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    1. LOL Sue, I pay them a retainer in the spring. te he.... I completely agree August is superb

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  14. my goodness ...all these wonderful shots....that hummingbird you can see a knat on himI can see his toenails....amazing

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