Saturday, August 21, 2010

The garden in August

This has been an oppressively hot summer in the bluegrass state. Most of my perennials have already had their "day in the sun" and won't make another appearance until next summer. The black-eyed Susans are getting droopy but provided a much needed burst of color during the last part of July and early August. The annuals are still looking good and my elephant ear plant has grown considerably since I planted it at the beginning of summer. I hope I'll be able to dig it up in the fall, store it over winter, and plant it again next spring.

One plant that is blooming now is called "hot lips turtle head".  The botanical name for it is "chelone lyonii".  It has pink blossoms that resemble lips.

Here's some pictures of the garden in mid-August:
Hydrangea and elephant ear

"Hot lips"
Elephant ear and assorted annuals
Impatiens did well this summer in spite of the heat!


Anonymous said...

I've given up on my flowers for this year, Mr. Weekend Gardner. That "Hot Lips" flower looks pretty ...I've never seen one before. I always enjoy your pictures. Barb from IN

GP @ ABloominBlog said...

What a gorgeous garden you have!

Tony said...

Wow such a lovely looking garden, I so wish I had a yard so big.

Bluegrass Gardener said...

Thanks for the nice comments about my garden :)

Giga said...

Ja też lubię ogród i pracę w nim, ale po Twoim ogrodzie z ochota bym pospacerowała. said...

So enjoyed your blog! Great job and the flowers are absolutely beautiful.
the cat blog - so clever. Great seeing you today - Becky