Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hot August Bloomers

Gaillardia [Blanket Flower] Oranges & Lemons

The August hiatus has begun. What weeds survived my wrath earlier in the season can stay there. I'm done. Done with everything but deadheading until this heat wave is over.

Very Mean Bee on Wild Gaillardia

Plus I'm mad... mad and puffy and sore... Got stung by a bee while weeding the Blanket Flowers. (Ungrateful bastard.) They dearly love the native varieties though they have an odd way of showing it.

Baby's Breath is going bonkers this summer. She loves my alkaline soil. I love the way these teensy white flowers soften the look of big blossoms.

This is a neat trick, if you have the space. Baby's Breath makes the garden look so professional it fools people into thinking I know what I'm doing!
Last but not least, my lazy, lazy Coneflowers have finally decided to bloom.

"A garden never stops growing. By its constant demands on the gardener's attention, it makes the gardener's life a great adventure." - Coelho Brida

* Most of my flowers are about a month behind bloom times in lower elevation gardens.


Goodboy Norman Featherstone said...

I love how your baby's breath is mingling with your other flowers. I planted some in most-shade around back that I might dig up and put in the sun around front. It's done poorly in the shade, duh, right? Sometimes I like to force flowers to thrive where they don't belong.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

I do that all the time. :) My Jacob's Ladder is in full sun - I'm sure it would do much better in a shady location.