Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: 15 August 2015

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.

The hydrangeas are all but finished for the year. This may be the remains of the last blossom on the ‘Blushing Bride.’DSCN2637

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.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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12 Responses to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: 15 August 2015

  1. mamadeyoung2012 says:

    great post…so much useful information I can take from it!


  2. pbmgarden says:

    Nice color still John. Hard to believe how quickly we’re heading into fall.


  3. Pauline says:

    Autumn is coming too quickly, but you have some beautiful flowers still. I really must get some phlox for the garden here, yours are adding a nice splash of colour.


  4. I have a single blooming gardenia too, plus a new scape of hotsa booms–the only new flowers in the past month! Your garden is quite colorful!


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Marian. I just wish it weren’t so spotty…a blossom here and one there. No big splash of color to catch your eye. As the saying goes, “Wait till next year.”


  5. A beautiful garden regardless of the time of year. These photos will help see us through a cold winter that is in our future.


  6. Ray says:

    I tried deadheading my phlox as last year (as you suggest) and was rewarded like you with a second wave of blooms. I can’t seem to get a third wave though.


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