Saturday, August 15, 2009
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - August
August is a difficult month here for blooms - it is usually so hot and dry that almost everything goes to sleep (including people). Even the water plants are taking a rest, although the lilies keep going but not so many as in springtime. Thankfully the Oleanders carry their flowers throughout the hot season and the Rubeckia adds welcome colour to the 'hot' flower bed. Elsewhere it is almost all blue flowers: the Perovskia is finishing now but still creates a steely blue haze; Hyssop makes an interesting if a bit messy low hedge and Tulbaghia, a relative of allium, adds a zing to groups of grasses and Veronica Bonariensis which is still holding on. Ceratostigma is the star with intense blue flowers that come out just now. Last but not least, the ornamental grasses are starting to 'flower' that is show their silky heads which pick up the slightest breeze.