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.
Lantana and yellow moss roses, not yet open today, are heat lovers on a hot deck in summer.
These fragrant petunias are favorites of hummingbirds that frequent here.
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?
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.
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!
We have white tailed deer weeding helpers in our yard. That makes an August summer day complete.
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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: