“August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.”
– Elizabeth Maua Taylor
I found this lovely poem that captures how I feel whenever August, especially the middle of August, rolls around. Before I blink, summer is gone. The weather shifts, the blooms fade for some and others burst forth to give us a final wave of glory before the frost takes it all. The veg garden goes back under cover as the cold weather approaches. But that is all in the future albeit the near future.
For now we have been experiencing some dog days this August with heat in the high 80s and low 90s. Blessed rain, inches of it this week, with a sudden cooling to the upper 70s and low 80s. The local meteorologist has said we are averaging 4 degrees above normal this summer. That is a lot for us, but many other regions around the country are experiencing even more extreme heat and drought this summer.
Let’s see what has been blooming so bravely this long, hot summer and still continues this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. The 15th of the month gardener’s share their garden blooms through this wonderful meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. In the picture above, are Resurrection Lilies (they are supposed to be Naked Ladies, Belladonna Lily or Amaryllis belladonna). I bought these flowers that are supposed to be annuals in my zone, but they surprised me with their strong return. That was when I noticed they were not Naked Ladies, but Resurrection Lilies. I can’t wait to plant more next year.
I planted Organic Tuscan Garlic this year, and as you can see our garlic harvest is ready to use. It is yummy with some heat. No mild garlic in this house. The cayennes (bottom left) are still growing and ripening. We have already dried and used some. Yum. The little sprouts (bottom center) are the radishes already growing after a week. Can’t wait to harvest some in a few weeks. Lastly, I have hatch green chiles growing (bottom right). The plants are lush with lots of flowers and finally some fruit. YIPPEE!! Now to get them to grow, ripen and harvest before frost…but that is a long way off, right?
Ever faithful native rudbeckia blooms and stays this gorgeous for weeks, even months. It glows under the summer sun all over my garden. I only planted a few plants. It has found its way to other far reaches of the yard where it now brightens those spots in the hottest, driest conditions. Of course it also loves the wet areas of the yard too. How can you go wrong?
Phlox ‘David’, another native, I thought was lost to me by the munching deer, but as you can see it decided to bloom anyway. Although it is half the size, it stills glows in my white garden. Hummers and I are happy.
This lovely coreopsis is a new addition. It is Redshift. I love the jagged petals splotched with red. They will continue to develop a bit more red from the center outward. This native plant is stunning and a survivor of the floods of spring.
Another wonderful surprise was ligularia ‘Othello’. I wasn’t sure if they would bloom what with all the dry weather, but I should see more showing off their sunny heads soon. Again this is a native plant. Can you sense a theme? My natives were incredible performers this summer.
There hasn’t been much change but if you can spot what is growing around the echinacea, you’ll know what will be blooming soon-asters!! Can’t wait for them to appear in the meadow.
What can I say? The little ones have fledged. I spied them Friday morning out of the nest.
Isn’t she the cutest thing. She was very reluctant to leave. Took her hours. I call her Prudence because she was so cautious. I am writing a whole post about the amazing experience that you can read on Wednesday.
Here she is finally on the grass. She hardly has a tail. Just 13 days after they hatched and they are gone 🙁
“And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” William Shakespeare
For those that have asked, my 2 poems are being published in the book, The Moment I Knew, August 26th. You can see the announcement in my blog post. Information about sale of the book is:
- The book will be for sale at www.SugatiPublications.com as well as other online and independent booksellers (e.g. Amazon, Barnes and Noble).
- Preference is for folks to buy directly from Sugati Publications because the charities selected, who will profit from the sale of the book, will get a greater amount of the profits. If folks buy from other booksellers (e.g., Amazon) then the book seller gets about 40% which significantly cuts into the charities profits as well.
Special Note: All flowers and critters pictured here are from my garden. Flaunt your flowers at Tootsie Time this Friday where she hosts Fertilizer Friday. I’ll be flaunting mine.
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