August Blooms

I noticed summer fading at 8:15 last night.

coleus caladium

I remember when my boys were little and being thankful when the days were getting shorter.  This meant I could get them in the house a few minutes earlier, wash a days worth of dirt from their bodies, and get some food in them before ten o’clock.

My garden and flowers are winding down for the summer, too.

The rue has continued to surprise me this year.

rue flower

This is its second year with me and has grown to a height of two feet.  I will save the seeds and see what happens next year.

rue seed pod

Rue seed pod

The plumed celosia I save every year from seed is just now blooming.  A little late but I’ll take it.

celosia celosia

I can always count on my old-fashioned petunias to pull through no matter what summer brings.  They are very fragrant in the evening, so just follow your nose and you will find them.

old fashioned petunias old fashioned petunia

The white caladiums and begonias really glow at night.

caladium begonia caladium

I noticed some passion flowers (Passiflora incarnata) blooming in the butterfly garden.

passion flower

They are a host plant (food source) for the Gulf fritillary butterfly along with the variegated fritillary and Zebra longwing.  I didn’t see any caterpillars but I did want to show you the fruit it produces.

passion flower fruit

This fruit looks very much like a kiwi and I’ve read that people make jelly from it.  I opened one last year and it was just hollow inside with a lot of seeds.

I was excited to see a monarch butterfly on my Asclepias tuberosa

monarch butterfly

and then shocked to see a praying mantis having it for lunch.

monarch butterfly and praying mantis

I need to direct him to the other flower bed where the grasshoppers have decided vacation.

Hopefully this monarch caterpillar will escape unscathed.

monarch caterpillar

My fennel jungle is usually full of swallowtail caterpillars by now.  I only saw these two yesterday.

swallowtail caterpillar swallowtail caterpillar

Over the years, people have given me garden art and I love using it wherever I can.

frog man

I wish he would pull that dang grass for me

I love when they tell me they saw this or that and thought of me.

Garden Greeter

Garden Greeter

 

Reminder

Reminder

bee happy garden art

Although this one made me wonder…

garden rock face

Brenda

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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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8 Responses to August Blooms

  1. Wonderful to see butterflies and caterpillars. I also love old fashioned petunias and try to grow them every year from seed….I have never tried celosia but I like the look of it.

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  2. What a beautiful garden! (And great pics.) My yard is kind of scary right now, so it’s wonderful seeing someone else who is doing things right. Very inspiring!

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  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    There you are! Say it’s not so (summer fading!) It means that my vacation in my garden is coming to a close as a new school year starts. I’m so lucky to have the job I do; just like in the garden, each season we get to start anew and nurture those in our care, give them love and watch them grow. Your garden is looking great as always!

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  4. I didn’t see as many butterflies this year and some of them I didn’t see at all despite growing them lots of flowers and host plants.

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  5. Love these photos, especially the rue, since mine died and I’ve never been able to find a replacement outside of mail order. 😦 But it used to be gobbled up, anyway, but some caterpillar I wish you could ID? … http://katharinetrauger.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/weekly-photo-challenge-round/

    The maypop has a seed surrounded by a mildly sweet flesh, a bit like a pomegranate, but is hard to catch it when it is ripe and not over-mature. My kids always said it looked like a dead goldfish. 😀

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    • That looks like a swallowtail caterpillar to me. Those maypops must have a really small window in which to eat them. I’ve tried several times and have never really seen anything in them other than seeds.

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  6. bittster says:

    Yeah I’m not sure about the last one….. but I m sure I hate these shorter days! YUCK

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