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Monday, August 26, 2013

Some August Flowers

What do you do with your tall Eupatorium?
I pinch its tops, but the plants are still so tall, they lean almost to the ground.



Hollyhocks are not rusty this year.
I collected seeds at the shore on Bainbridge Island. The plants are about 8 feet tall and long blooming.


Lavatera:


This is one of my favorite places in the garden.
Lavatera branches, like curtains, frame the entrance to the arch:
Martha Washington Geraniums are blooming non-stop.
Roses are saved from deer thanks to Liquid Fence.
Fuchsia Double Otto was moved from big pots to the soil. So far, it's doing just fine.
First Chrysanthemums:
Hybiscus didn't like our acidic soil, so I planted it in the container with some lime added:
Liatris:
The new plant in my garden, Toad Lily. I need to watch it closely. It looks happy so far, but I already moved several other plants from here. They get crowded by arborvitae roots.
Fuchsia in the hanging basket overwintered on the tree branch and is blooming profusely.


I hope your August gardens are full of blooms too.

***Copyright 2013 TatyanaS

19 comments:

  1. I do have plenty of flowers, but there is plenty that is starting to dry up and look crispy, despite watering. My Joe Pye Weed is 'Baby Joe,' so it doesn't get as tall as the species.

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    1. Alison, I also have a lot of plants looking tired. Well, it's almost September... I think I need to follow Sherry's advice (4th comment).

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  2. Your garden looks beautiful, especially the lavatera by the arches. Everything is looking so green and healthy. My hollyhocks always get rust, even the figleaf type, and my fuchsias have been trying to come back after being attacked by fuchsia mites. It's refreshing to see plants looking so happy in August!

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    1. Dorothy, thanks! My own hollyhocks are pretty rusty too, but these plants came from the seeds which I gathered in a different place. I am curious what I 'll have next year. Fuchsia mites? Never heard of them!

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  3. Dreamy! I don't have Joe Pye Weed, so I'm not sure--I'm curious to hear what others do. Do you have Liatris blooming in August?! Mine were done in mid-July. :( Your garden is incredible in all months!

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    1. PlantPosting, thank you! My liatris blooms in August!

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  4. Just this year I tried something & it worked ... when the Joe Pye Weed was about a foot wall, I cut it back to several inches. It still grew to about 4 1/2 - 5 ft tall - so a nice height, but not SOOOO tall. I will do it every year!

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    1. Sherry, I always feel bad pinching the tops, but I will follow your method! Thanks!

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  5. Thanks is a lovely collection of blooms.
    I really love your Fuchsias - they are beautiful.

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    1. James, thanks! Fuchsias are beautiful and EASY!

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  6. Very beautiful!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  7. So many gorgeous blooms! I wish I'd read about Sherry's trick earlier. Instead, I finally got tired of the Joe Pye Weed falling all over everything that I ripped it out. Oh well, that made room for some fun new plants.

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    1. Peter, ha-ha, it's a good way to end frustration, just to get rid of them! I'll try to cut them very low next year.

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  8. Loved your post. The flowers are just refreshing. I'm still waiting for the season, most of these plants, for this part of the world, are planted and bloom in our winters that start somewhere mid of October. I've got some Hollyhocks seeds, chrysanthemums from last year are just waiting to bloom, and this time, I'm thinking to introduce lillies to my container garden. Thanks for your wonderful and inspiring post.

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    1. CyberKID, thanks! I think it's a good idea to have some lilies in containers. I have day lilies and some oriental lilies in the pots. Good luck!

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  9. Such a gorgeous pictures! The Lavatera and the hollyhocks, so beautiful.

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  10. Eye candy in your August garden...love it

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  11. exquisite closeups and the months go rolling by

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