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!