Bloom Day – August 2008

August is such a lush month, it was impossible to keep only one type of bloom in the picture!

Now in bloom:
Orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida) and fennel
Orange coneflower and fennel

Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) and marsh phlox (Phlox glaberrima)
Great blue lobelia and marsh phlox

‘Fish’ chile pepper (check out the cool variegated leaves!)
Fish pepper blossom

Calendula and snapdragons
Calendula and snapdragons

Nodding onion (Allium cernuum) and sweet black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)
Nodding onion

Water lilies & pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata)
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), but not, alas, the Echinacea pallida yet
Thyme, dill, and basil
Annabelle and oakleaf hydrangea
Sweet Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum)
Big-leaf aster (Aster macrophyllus) and white woodland aster (Aster divaricatus)

And there’s fruiting, too:

Grape woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea – a twining cousin of Virginia creeper)
Grape woodbine berries

‘Fish’ chile pepper
‘Caroline’ raspberry

Coming soon (I hope):
More hosta blooms
Water hyacinth
Zigzag goldenrod
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’


5 responses to this post.

  1. I love the very natural feel of your garden and the way you’ve combined herbs, natives, annuals, perennials, shrubs, fruits, and vegetables to accomplish it.


  2. Posted by lakechicagoshores on August 15, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks, Linda! Always nice to find out about another Chicago-area gardener!


  3. Beautiful pictures, including the grapes. I can’t wait until mine are ready to pick!

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day.


  4. I can’t believe I missed your Bloom Day post! Things looked great then. Even though you have a lot of shade, you have some sun lovers that look very happy. I also have the Prarie Onion (Allium cernuum). It’s turning into a bit of a pest in my garden, so I have to thin it every year.


  5. Posted by lakechicagoshores on September 3, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Given how empty my rain garden looks now, it’s sort of nice to hear that the nodding/prairie onion spreads. Of course, I will probably have to eat my words in a couple of years….


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