Bloom (and Fruit!) Day – August 2007

August pond
It’s getting to be harvest time, when what’s in fruit seems more compelling than what’s in bloom…. All links below are to other pictures I have taken.

No longer blooming:

  • day lilies

Now in bloom:

  • basil (green and purple)

garlic chives

  • garlic chives


  • fennel
  • tomatillos
  • habanero pepper
  • marigolds
  • snapdragons

hosta flower

  • hostas
  • sweet Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum)
  • orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida)
  • purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • marsh phlox (Phlox glaberrima)

big leaf aster

  • big leaf aster (Aster macrophyllus)

white woodland aster

  • white woodland aster (Aster divaricatus)

Pond bloomers:

pickerel weed

  • pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata) – after a month off from blooming
  • water mint

Now in fruit:

  • cucumber
  • tomatillo

Melrose pepper

  • Melrose pepper (about ready to be picked!)


Coming soon:
zigzag goldenrod

  • zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)
  • water hyacinth (maybe…it’s looking really strong this year, but I haven’t seen any buds yet)

5 responses to this post.

  1. Beautiful flower and outstanding photographs. I especially like that picture of the hosta!

    Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens


  2. I like the asters–I haven’t seen those varieties. How much sun do yours get?


  3. Posted by lakechicagoshores on August 16, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Thanks, Carol! I’m really fond of those white-flowered hostas, and they’ve really made a nice comeback from a pair of hailstorms we had in late spring of 2006.

    David, those are asters I picked out particularly for their shade and clay tolerance from Stone Silo and Prairie Nursery. They’re not in deep shade, but the white woodland aster is pretty darn close to it (just north of a fence and a crabapple tree, and maybe 2 feet north of an Annabelle hydrangea). I look at them now, and say “hooray for native plants!”


  4. everything looks lovely! I’m always inspired by your garden photos.


  5. Posted by lakechicagoshores on August 20, 2007 at 8:17 am

    Gina, it’s nice to see another Chicago gardener! I’m catching up on your blog now….


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