August flowers

bees love the lobelia

The great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) is spreading and blooming like crazy. I love their striped throats. The bees work hard to wedge themselves down the flowers for what must be some fantastic nectar.

pond and great blue lobelia

This gives a better view of where the lobelia is with respect to the pond. And yes, now that the pond tour is over, the water lily is blooming.

garden path

Snapdragons and marigolds line the path to the garage, with spearmint sprawling by the door.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Your flower beds look fantastic!

    Your water lilies also are keeping your pond clear. Everything is beautiful.


  2. Posted by lakechicagoshores on August 2, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks, jolynna! There’s also wild iris, water mint, water hyacinth, and water lettuce in the (small) pond along with the goldfish and shubunkins, so there’s a lot of water filtration going on outside the biofalls. The water has been amazingly clear this summer – I’ll have to post some more fish pics!


  3. Your gardens always look so peaceful and inviting. But isn’t it time to refill that birdfeeder? (: What kinds of birds are you seeing these days?


  4. Posted by lakechicagoshores on August 3, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Ah, David, you don’t see the mint and chive plants below the feeder, which are now liberally sprinkled with white. Since the only visitors to the feeder are little brown sparrows instead of the goldfinches that hang around in winter, I’m trying to neglect filling it. But my spouse saw a hawk on the telephone wire over the pond last night!

    There’s something about that early morning summer sun that makes everything look peaceful.


  5. […] bluebells and maybe Jack-in-the-pulpit. For late spring and early summer, maybe more of my favorite blue lobelia or cardinal flower along with some irises. I’m continuing to scour my native plant catalogs […]


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