Hints of Fall in the August Garden: GBBD, August 2013
After an unusually wet June and an unusually hot July, August has brought the kind of summer weather for which Maine is justly famous – sunshine and blue skies, low humidity, daytime highs in the 70s (F) and overnight lows around 50. Both the cool morning temperatures and the state of my garden hint at the fall season to come.
It’s accompanied by yellow flowers of Heliopsis helianthoides (false sunflower), two different varieties of coreopsis, and a few remaining yellow daylilies.
|Blue accents are provided by the flowers of balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Mariesii’).|
The daylilies that dominated the July garden are waning now. A few last buds remain on the yellow varieties in the Blue and Yellow Border, and the pink cultivars in the Deck Border are opening their last flowers.
The exception is in the Fence Border, which has been designed for late summer and fall blooms. There, the pale yellow flowers of ‘Prairie Moonlight’ and the peachy pink blooms of ‘Decatur Elevator’ will last another week or so. The mid-late season rebloomer, ‘Final Touch,’ is only halfway through its first flush of flowers, and the fall-blooming ‘Autumn Minaret’ has just begun to bloom. ‘Sandra Elizabeth,’ a very late daylily that will bloom in September is just now sending up flower scapes.
Normally, the yellow flowers in my August garden would be accompanied by crisp white accents. This year, however, the showy white blooms of Phlox paniculata ‘David’, which should be blooming in the Blue and Yellow Border and in the Fence Border, have been delayed by woodchuck ‘pruning’ earlier in the summer.
The one place where the yellow and white August combination is in evidence is in the Circular Bed at the end of my driveway. There, the strong yellows of Heliopsis x ‘Bressingham Doubloon’ are accompanied by the light orange flowers of Hemerocallis ‘Orange Bounty’ and white flowers of Platycodon grandiflorus and Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White.’
I apologize for my relative absence from the blogosphere recently. It’s not that I have nothing to write about; it’s that some big deadline-driven garden projects have left too little time and energy for blogging. (More about those when they are finally finished and I have time to write.) I had every intention of posting for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day yesterday; but after six hours of heavy physical labor in the garden, I found that I just couldn’t keep my eyes open to edit photos and write.
Many other bloggers have been more prompt in posting what’s blooming in their gardens this month. You can find their posts linked at May Dreams Gardens, where Carol hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.
Finally, I would like to dedicate this post to the memory of Leslie Land, who died this week at age 66 of metastatic breast cancer. Leslie’s first claim to fame was as one of the original chefs at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California; but she was most well known for her published (and later televised) correspondence with London gardener Roger Phillips, The 3,000 Mile Garden. Leslie was knowledgeable, witty, charming, and generous. (When I mentioned The 3,000 Mile Garden in a post, she followed up with a visit to my blog and words of thanks.) She will be missed.