15 August 2011

August 2011 Bloom Day

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day
What's blooming in the garden on the 15th of the month.
Mass blooms are highlighted this month. First up is the cleome that ate Alexandria. This out of control monster does a good job of scaring away the neighborhood kids. Dwarf sunflowers cower in fear at the other side of the yard. Across the walk are some Mexican zinnias continuing to spread and merge into one large clump.

The hedge of cosmos feeding the bumblebees are showing their age with fewer blossoms and thinner plants. My canary yellow zinnias are new this year and live up to their name. If I can only keep the finches from plucking off the petals to get at the seeds, they would be spectacular.

And the sweet alyssum is flowing and oozing onto the brick pavers, providing a delicious fragrance and giving some contrast to the frog - my garden bling.

Find other garden bloggers' bloom days at the blog May Dreams Gardens.

Cleome hassleriana

Helianthus annuus "Waooh"

Zinnia agustifolia

Cosmos sulphureus

Zinnia "Canary"

Lobularia maritima

Garden Calendar:
  • Harvested: 8 cherry tomatoes, 3 cucumbers, 2 chilis, 2 tomatoes


Bernie said...
Yes that is one monster of a Cleome. It looks like a weird version of an octupus with those long gangly branches. Love your Zinnias and that huge patch of Cosmos. Lovely blooms.
Ginny said...
I've had no luck with cleome though I know it's supposed to be easy. It looks like your garden loves it! Beautiful blooms.
scottweberpdx said...
beautiful post...I really MUST plant some of that Zinnia next year!
Swimray said...
Thanks all for stopping by.

Ginny - I planted cleome from seed years back and it was difficult. But once it grew, every year since it reseeds itself and I end up ripping out 90% of the seedlings in the spring!

Scott - same with the dwarf zinnia - too many seedlings. It annually reseeds itself from a nursery plant years ago. And true to the parent color.
Swimray said...
Oh - if you are referring to the Canary Bird zinnia - it came from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...
Your Cleome has gotten tall! Watch out for those thorns.
great blooms
Janet (CottageKat) said...
I've never seen cleome before...it looks like something from an alien world. I love the zinnias, yours are really cheerful looking.