Dahlia 'Catching Fire'. Center look like an eyeball to you too?
Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. As always, thanks to for author Carol J. Michel for the theme. Bloom Day, the 15th of each month, is the day gardeners from many different places post their flowers of the day.
'Creme de Cafe' Dahlia, hiding from the sun?
'Funny Face' and its variations, all in the same clump:
Creme de Cassis', stingy with its beauty. Maybe next year it will be better?
'Catching Fire'. Yeah, he's staring at me...
Ageratum still going. Getting down there once with snips for a little deadheading helped. Such a color!
Some roses still flowering, like 'Rouge Royale', which is a light but steady bloomer:
'Golden Celebration' paired with the beloved unknown indigo Agapanthus. Sweet!
This August, as is typical, the Lagerstroemias are stars:
The foliage is drought-stressed, which is worrisome:
The happiest Lagerstroemia in the garden this year was purchased in 2016. 'Ebony Embers' by the mailbox. At the bottom of the sloping west side planted area, it gets the most water.Lagerstroemia 'Purely Purple' has produced its first flower cluster since purchase in 2018. It struggled in its original location. Moved last spring, it's happier:
Sort of purple. Some might call it lavender-pink:
This is the across-the-street neighbor's Lagerstroemia. We have a nice view of it:
Aloe castilloniae's little flower stem:
And the plant itself, also petite. The first flower opened. Just for fun, I looked around for another blooming Aloe for pollen. Aloes are generally not-self pollinating. A. dhufariensis had a a single open flower loaded with pinky-coral(!) pollen.
I introduced it to the castilloniae. A successful cross would be a hoot. Not counting on it.
Fenestraria rhopalophylla decided to bloom after getting a few splashes of water over the past few months. Cute little plant, sweet little flower:
One of the random Gaillardia that appeared this spring is 3' tall, but this one has decided to stay 8". At any height, the bees are at them.
Salvia 'Wendys Wish':
Zinnias. They've made this summer so cheerful in comparison to last year's.
The oldest Calylophus 'Southern Belle' (on the left) and one new last year (on the right) got a couple of soaks and a splash of liquid fertilizer. They burst forth with a new round of flowers.
Thank you, 'Southern' ladies!
August is also lizards on the prowl for delicious earwigs:
Baby Lizards learning their world:
Touches of color in the entry garden--better than last August's bedraggled green.
Another round of Hemerocallis:
Adding a patch of Salvia nemerosa 'Blue Hill' helped the area considerably. Moved in the winter of 2019-20, it did nothing last year, but took off this spring. It gives several rounds of bloom if deadheaded. Honeybees love it.
And the rabbits don't eat it:
Dainty Echeveria 'Imbricata':
And Yucca 'Bright Star' gives August a kick of glamour. Heat? No problem!
...Happy August blooms!