Best of the August Bunch

For some time, Chloris of My Blooming Garden has been hosting a meme celebrating the Top Ten blooms each month; it is often difficult to pick just ten, to avoid both repetition and featuring several varieties of the same species, but it can still be useful as a reminder of what was its peak each month. However, for similar reasons, she has decided that the meme has run its course, but will go on to feature other highlights each month instead. Thank you Chloris; in the meantime, do check out her blog for the last of her Top Ten booms.

I have started with a self-seeded sunflower this month, which I thought at first had arrived from bird feeder seed, but now that it is flowering I believe it is an overexcited seedling from a dwarf variety I grew last year, no longer dwarf but around 4ft high. There are actually a couple of plants, so even more reason for them to have self-seeded in situ. Having not used any sunflowers in vases this year yet, this needs to be rectified soon!

No apologies for including two roses in my ten; most of the roses are having a second flush, but I am especially enjoying seeing Lady Emma Hamilton and Munstead Wood again after several weeks’ absence:

I have however lumped all my dahlias in together:

And all the zinnias too, a combination of Purple Prince, Orange King and Benary Giant Mix:

We have a lost label phlox, seemingly flowering extra well after its Chelsea Chop:

And as I also cut back Clematis heracleifolia  ‘New Love’ before it got carried away, which it has a tendency to do, perhaps this could be considered a Chelsea Chop too; it always flowers well,  but chopping has certainly kept it neater:

Another wayward clematis, this time C jouiniana ‘Praecox’ (as a ‘herbaceous sub-shrub’, now included in the heracleifolia group), which this year is climbing into the hedge rather than sprawling on the border below, a tidier option:

I have included the humble but rather thuggish Japanese anemone this month,  which makes a striking plant even where it is not really wanted:

Finally, I have to put a word in for annual scabious, easily grown from seed and not only blooming for weeks on end but lasting over a week in a vase. This one is Burgundy Beau, I think, but I also have Black Knight; several plants of the former overwintered, another point in its favour.

The above may not necessarily be the very best blooms of my late August garden, but how could I possibly rank them anyway? They are certainly giving me pleasure at the present time, except when hunkered down inside, out of the wind and rain, as I am now!

 

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10 Responses to Best of the August Bunch

  1. Gorgeous ten. Your clematis look very happy!

  2. alison41 says:

    I do like your Annual Scabious – dramatic and colourful.

    • Cathy says:

      I have noticed this year how long the stems are, Alison, making it especially good for picking – I shall look at growing other varieties next year too

  3. Anna says:

    Great August picks Cathy. I know exactly what you mean when you refer to clematis jouiniana ‘Praecox’ as sprawling on the border 😂 I hope that yesterday’s unseasonal storm didn’t cause any damage.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – I thought of you when I took the photo of that clematis actually, resisting the desire to describe it as a ‘dirty lavender’, as I knew you would dispute that description!! 😉 It’s interesting that it chose to climb this year, as it had no help from me

  4. Chloris says:

    Lovely August blooms Cathy, thank you so much for joining in and sharing yours. Great to see your sunflowers and zinnias as slugs ate nearly all of mine this year. I’ve never had much success with phlox either as they seem to need more moisture than I can provide. I love the clematis.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – shame to hear about your sunflowers and zinnias. I use collars cut from plastic bottles (leaving a jagged edge) to help protect my sunflowers, reusing them from year to year. I didn’t know phlox were moisture sensitive, but I do know that East Anglia will drier than we are

  5. tonytomeo says:

    Japanese anemone is impressive. I so want to grow some, but have not gotten any yet. It does not do well here. There is one at work that I would like to divide and move around until I find a spot where it will perform better than it does now. However, it is a grungy pale pink. It might be prettier if it were healthier, but I would still prefer a simple single white anemone . . . once I fine the right spot where anemone would be happy. Actually, I would be pleased with grungy pale pink if it were happy and healthy.

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