Monday, August 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day August 2011

Another 15th of the month and another chance to illustrate what is flowering in my Plymouth garden.  As always, visiting May Dreams Garden blog will give you access to all the other gardens linking today.

As before, I'm including some of the more interesting plants and, while the photos have not all been taken today, the plants are all in flower today.  

Roscoea beesiana - another pretty little ginger for semi shade

Agapanthus 'Northern Star' - a robust deciduous type with large heads of dark blue flowers
Japanese anemone - Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora - a bit weedy but good for bright colour in shade

Geranium 'Buxton's Blue' - a nice clump forming hardy geranium

Geranium wlassovianum - another good clump former

Lobelia 'Fan Scarlet' - short lived but very pretty perennials

Rosa 'Graham Thomas' - one of the English shrub roses

Tillandsia cyanea - in my little shade house
Clematis texensis 'Princess of Wales' - providing secondary colour on my winter jasmine
Trachelospermum jasminoides - beautifully scented evergreen climber growing by the rear garden gate

Begonia boliviensis 'Bonfire' - a summer visitor dying back to a tuber for overwintering
12 previously unillustrated plants for August.  A lot of the plants I've previously illustrated are still flowering - Passiflora edulis, Abutilon 'Patrick Synge', Freesia laxa, Iochroma grandiflora, Brugmansia, Hydrangeas and many others.  I wonder if I'll have 12 new ones to illustrate in September?


  1. You've shown some beautiful blooms. I just love your 'Bonfire'. That's a Begonia I've never seen before. I adore you Geraniums and that Agapanthus is gorgeous! Such an enjoyable GBBD post.

  2. A wonderful display with lots of my favourites. I simply love Japanese anemone - I have one of the x honorine Joubert - wish I had bought hundreds when I had the opportunity. I love it when there are a batch all planted together.
    Happy GBBD :)

  3. Lovely photos, lovely blooms! You took fantastic macro shots of your beautiful garden blooms! Happy GBBD!

  4. Thanks everyone. Plant and garden photography has been one of my passions since I picked up my first Olympus SLR back in the early 80's - but digital has made it so much easier.

  5. Lovely post, I adore those Geraniums...and that Clematis is too charming!

  6. That Clematis texensis is so beautiful and very long-blooming. I think I need it in my garden.

  7. I only got the clematis this year and it's already exceeding my expectations. It should be good for hotter climates than mine given it's origins as a texensis hybrid.

  8. Dear John, I love this post. The agapanthus is one of my favorites. My mother grows it in her garden in England, but it doesn't survive the winter here in Pennsylvania. P.