Garden Blogger's Bloom Day–August 2013

Is the day garden bloggers from all over the world showcase their gardens.
We have had a very unusual summer in NW Arkansas.
sunflower and coleus
13 inches of rain in eight weeks and no scorching temperatures has all the flowers and veggies happy, happy, happy.
zinnia, celosia
Here are some of my favorite bloomers in the garden.
The Naked Ladies (Lycoris squamigera) are performing in several venues this summer.  This old-fashioned, summer favorite is a bulb that is planted in the fall.
lycoris, surprise lillies
It is also called Surprise Lily or Resurrection Lily due to its ability to seemingly pop up from the ground in late summer.  The stalks are bare which is probably where the naked name comes in.
lycoris, surprise lillies
Allium stellatum or Prairie Onion is also a bulb planted in the fall and is a native Arkansas plant.  I started these from seed a couple of years ago, so this is the first summer they have bloomed.
allium stellatumallium stellatum
They seem to be doing very well with the coreopsis, coleus and zinnias.
coreopsis, allium, coleus
This is also the first year I have grown Ruella (wild petunia).  It really prefers dry soil so I hope is survives all the rain.
ruella humilis?
The moonflower shrub never fails to disappoint  this time of year.
I wish you could smell these!
datura moon flower
And I’m patiently waiting for the monarchs to show up on my milkweed.  I thought I saw one a couple of days ago, but so far no eggs on the milkweed.

asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
I love my purple coneflowers (and so do the butterflies.)
purple coneflower
I know these last pictures aren’t exactly bloomers, but foliage also plays a big role in my garden as well.
coleus-chocolate covered cherry
Coleus ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’
Kong Coleus
Kong Coleus
Sun Coleus
Sun Coleus
A big thanks to Carol from May Dreams Garden for hosting for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.