Bloom Day – August 2009

Water lilies

After a very wet and cold spring and early summer, we’ve had the driest midsummer in 75 years.  I’m having to water for the first time this year, but I snapped a few pictures before turning on the sprinkler.

The blooms this August look much like the ones last August, except that the big white hosta blooms are a few days behind schedule and the pickerel weed isn’t blooming at all after all the raccoon pool parties.   Links below go to pictures of that bloom in recent posts.

  • Water lily (above)
  • Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris)
  • Great blue lobelia by the pond

  • Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
  • Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida)
  • Marsh phlox (Phlox glaberrima)
  • Calendula
  • Snapdragon
  • Fennel
  • Dill (Grandma Einck’s)
  • Petunia
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Big leaf aster & great blue lobelia

  • Big leaf aster (Aster macrophyllus) – seen here with great blue lobelia
  • White woodland aster

  • White woodland aster (Aster divaricatus)
  • Spotted Joe Pye weed – the little one (Eupatoriadelphus maculatus)
  • Sweet Joe Pye weed

  • Sweet Joe Pye weed – the big one (Eupatoriadelphus purpureus)
  • Zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)
  • Annabelle hydrangea - blooming in August!

  • Annabelle hydrangea (the parts I trimmed back in May are blooming now)
  • Sweet black eyed Susan

  • Sweet black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)
  • Nodding onion (Allium cernuum)

7 responses to this post.

  1. Love all your photos! I’ve been watering a bit this season, too, which is unusual. (Well, except for tomatoes; those I water every day, but I don’t normally grow as many of them as I am this year!)


  2. Beautiful! If I had it to do over I’d have more natives and less cultivars. This year all the plants I added to the garden were natives, and that trend will continue.

    I love the lobelia and the waterlilies are gorgeous, and the asters, and Joe Pye weed, and . . .

    Happy Bloom Day!


  3. Gorgeous flowers! I love the blue lobelia. Having a water feature must be so refreshing to the eyes (and toes?) during this dreadful dry spell. I have yet to put the sprinkler on the lawn but if this promised rain today doesn’t happen, it may be time. There’s dormant, and then there’s dead.


  4. Posted by lakechicagoshores on August 17, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I feel sorta silly about watering the sunniest bed and refilling the pond now – we had a huge amount of rain yesterday and last night. I hope this means that there aren’t any more cracks in the ground in the rain garden.


  5. Your waterlilies are beautiful. The first photo looks like a painting, with the pretty pink flowers, water drops and reflection.
    My Annabelle hydrangea gets the hydrangea bloom parade started with its large white flowers right now. Did you trim half of the shrub to stagger the bloom times?


  6. Posted by lakechicagoshores on August 18, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you! The trimming was an attempt at self-staking ( that worked pretty well until we got several big rains just as the Annabelles came into full bloom. I’ve never gotten new blooms this late before, so I’m going to try self-staking again next year, when maybe we’ll have a more moderate amount of rain here in Chicago.


  7. The waterlillies are gorgeous.


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