Today is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Garden. Here in the dog days of Autumn the blooms in my garden are somewhat sparse. Nonetheless, I accept Carol’s invitation to show what is giving us a lift right now.
While the hydrangeas are fading, the variegated lirope is beginning to show its lovely lavender flower stalks. The ‘White Swan’ coneflower is making a comeback from the rabbits. Our one dwarf crape myrtle is also drawing to a close, but it has experienced the best bloom year ever.
Brightness in the garden is contributed by the last blooming hostas, marigolds, mandevilla, and ‘Radicans’ gardenia.
Our purple crape myrtle ‘Catawba’ is also fading, the blossoms fading to seed, but it is still a commanding presence in the garden.
Deadheading garden phlox brings the reward of a second flush of blooms. I anticipate having phlox in bloom for weeks ahead so long as I continue to be diligent about cutting off the spent blooms.
Visit Carol to see what she and others are showing from their gardens this month.