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.

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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14 Responses to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day–August 2013

  1. Beautiful garden! Love your prairie onions. The cool weather here in Cent Ark has brought all the wild petunias back out. Quite nice to see their lavender blooms return. Stay dry!


  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your garden sure looks happy with your weather! Beautiful! Luckily, I can smell the moon flowers through the computer!


  3. Annette says:

    Beautiful flowers…didn’t know this Allium . Your lot definitely seems very happy.


  4. Odd weather, for sure…this is the time of year I used to visit my grandmothers – one down in Pine Bluff, one up in Salem – and the heat was always awful. Your blooms are fabulous this year 🙂


  5. We’ve had the mild temps though lately it has gotten pretty dry. There was lots of rain earlier in the summer, though. I would love to have your moonflower shrub! Also, I can see we have the same taste in Caladiums.


  6. Wow that is a lot of rain…I love the naked ladies!


  7. With all the rain we’ve had this Summer, I am curious how colorful Fall will be? Hopefully, the leaves will be complete show-offs! 😉 -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


  8. Holleygarden says:

    So much rain!!! Looks like your plants loved it! I planted some naked ladies, but mine have not come up. I guess mine are shy. 😉 Love the alliums, and the coleus is as pretty as any bloom!


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