Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–August 15th

Welcome to Plant Exchange on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day—August 15th. Today we’re celebrating life as good as it is on the Northern Plains! Probably planters of flowers here are a bit busty and saggy from the weight of summer growth, but they still have the flash of color that highlights areas of the yard. This is normally a sunny, hot and dry moment in the season, so containers are handy to maintain the little higher level of moisture that annuals require. We’re having hazy days of smoke from Canadian wildfires these days, hundreds of miles away.

This planter was direct seed planted this spring with a packet mixture of zinnias.

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Lantana and yellow moss roses, not yet open today, are heat lovers on a hot deck in summer.

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These fragrant petunias are favorites of hummingbirds that frequent here.

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More petunias that hummingbirds visit. Not fragrant, but we’re glad they like these. Some petunia cultivars are not pollinator favorites. We haven’t found a way to decipher that characteristic. Any thoughts?

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Sunflowers for planters were a winner here this season. We started them from seed indoors. Now, though on the wane after a month in bloom, they remain shorter and more proportional than traditional sunflowers would be in a planter. Several seed companies offered sunflowers for containers this season.

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We planted purple heliotrope indoors in late winter, but they grow slowly. The small plants were included in this container, assuming they would bloom. Not yet. They are the larger leafed plants in front. Frost is likely less than two months away!

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We have white tailed deer weeding helpers in our yard. That makes an August summer day complete.

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Thanks for your visit to Plant Exchange! We hope you’ll find other topics of interest here too and will visit us again.

If you’d like to see what garden bloggers around the United State and in other countries have in bloom these days, May Dreams Gardens is your next stop. Just go to the link below and Carol in Indianapolis, Indiana will share her plants in bloom on her August 15thpost. At the end of that post, you’ll see all of us waiting to share flowers in bloom. This is our monthly treat. Here’s the link:

http://www.maydreamsgardens.com

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–August 15th

  1. Beautiful containers. What kind of potting soil do you use? My containers don’t usually do well, so I am figuring it must be the soil. I do replace a bit each season. I planted dwarf sunflowers and none came up! Those zinnias are something else. Another thing that didn’t do well for me in a container this year. In the beds the dog eats their leaves!

  2. Your plants are lovely! Obviously, you are better at keeping them watered than I am with mine.

    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

  3. Flowers do what they must to attract pollinators. Those who concentrate on attracting hummingbirds do not prioritize attracting insects. Nocturnal flowers that attract bats or moths are not concerned with whoever is out and about during the day. There are even flowers that like to be pollinated by flies, so they smell like . . . what flies want. There are so many variables such as color (including infrared and ultraviolet), fragrance, shape, flavor (nectar) and so on for flowers to work with to attract their pollinators of choice. It seems to me that flowers with the most loaded stamens are attractive to bees. Their flowers need not be very colorful or fragrant, as long as they provide what the bees want. Because petunias do not rely much on bees, they need not provide much pollen. Salvias that rely on butterflies tend to have those long tubular flowers that fit the long probosci that butterflies use to drink the nectar. They o not provide as much pollen because they need not attract bees. Every type of flower has its distinct personality, and distinct relationships with their pollinators of choice.

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