August in the Garden

August in the garden means that the flowering season is winding down.  Most of the perennials have finished, but a few are still going.  The annuals keep going until it gets cold, so all the geraniums are still blooming, most are this vibrant pink.

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In the planter box, the asters have run wild.

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The coneflowers have put on a continuous show for about a month now.

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Summer in the mountains often brings rain in the late afternoon, with showers that last less than an hour.  Sure cuts down on the amount of watering I have to do!

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The hydrageas are still giving me spectacular blooms, like this purplish pink, with green petals on the underside.

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My favorite lavendar color comes along once in awhile too.

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This little guy stayed in the meadow, he had a lot of grass and clover to eat.  I know little bunnies can eat up a garden, but I love seeing him or her.

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A small herd of deer visit regularly, too.  They watched me warily as I slowly edged out on the veranda to take a picture of them.  One has antlers, and one side is longer than the other, so I know it is the same one each time.  Perhaps the other one was broken somehow.

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As I stayed pretty still, they relaxed, and bent to the grass again, while keeping an eye on me.

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Such pretty faces, it is such a joy to see wildlife out our front door.

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Just about dusk one evening last week, the bear showed up again.  He didn’t stay, just ambled across the meadow and back into the forest.  As long as he keeps to the forest, I don’t mind seeing him from time to time.  It is when he comes up to the veranda that I get nervous.

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DH keeps the feeder full for our feathered friends.  There are a lot of goldfinches here year round.

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Up on the veranda, the torenias continue to attract visitors, too.

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Beautiful butterfly, isn’t it?

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One day while I was waiting with the camera ready for a particularly pretty woodpecker to come back, a hummingbird made an appearance. They are so fast, I usually cannot get the camera ready in time, or the picture comes out blurry as I try to hurry.

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I snapped that shot quickly, then was able to get a zoom shot as she was hovering at the flowers, perhaps deciding which one to try next.

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The yellow torenias are spilling over their pot, and almost covered up the fairy’s door.  It was a nice day, so he left his door open for the light breeze.

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Impatiens are blooming like crazy still.

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More juicy lovelies ripened this week, do I see yet one more Tomato Pie in the near future?

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It looks like I still will have tomatoes to harvest well into September.  All my plants have little ones growing.

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In the strawberry pot, the petunias have just about taken over the lower section, and the parsley is flavoring dishes as I cook, growing as fast as I cut it.

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The other white petunia pot is spilling over as well.  There is a lot of mint, I plant mint in a pot as they really can take over a garden.  Mint Julep anyone?

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Just last week, I began seeing this little flock of turkeys.  There are five, and I think they are all jakes, young males with just a bit of a beard.  Two are quite happy to come up for a handout, but the other three are pretty shy.

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This is a bleeding heart that I ordered online.  I wanted to start it in a planter so I could take it inside for winter as it is getting a late start.  I’ll replant it in the garden in the spring.

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The garden will wind down in September, and I look forward to the gorgeous color in October and November, my favorite time of year!

What’s blooming in your garden now?

24 thoughts on “August in the Garden

  1. The torenias are lovely. I’ve seen them in the garden shops and am curious how they would do in our shady lot. We have lots of impatiens in their prime, fibrous begonias and of course, hosta. Love the garden this time of year! Plants are having a last hurrah! My husband had to get rid of our two bird feeders that we had in the yard because we suspect we had a bear take them out—bent the two rod iron hooks to the ground and messed up the feeders. We didn’t see them, but have had neighbors see them in the neighborhood. We miss the birds, but don’t want any more bears!

  2. Joy

    Your flowers are so pretty! I haven’t been able to do much in my yard this summer since I’ve had knee surgeries. But I’m looking forward to more flowers next year. My daylilies were pretty, and I still have one coneflower blooming and one purple flower that I don’t know the name of, blooms about this time every year. Crape myrtles are still pretty, too. I love my perennials but I do look forward to having annuals next summer, too.

  3. Your potted plants are still thriving. Don’t we love to see the visitors to our garden, hummingbirds and butterflies?!! The deer population has exploded in our area with farmers telling us they have destroyed their soybean crops. We see them daily, thankfully no bears yet! Enjoyed my visit with you this morning Carole!

  4. Your hummingbird photo is great! You finally got one! My marigolds are blooming like crazy out front, which makes me happy, since I planted them from seed kind of late. I have been eyeing some perennial chrysanthemums…it would be nice to have something like that in front to go with the hazelnuts when we plant them.

  5. Sylvia anderson

    Good morning Carole. What a lovely post, featuring the abundant flora and fauna, nestled in your
    little part of the world. How fortunate you are to be visited by so many of God’s creatures, but then, you and DH have created an environment for them, which allows them to feed, or be fed, while browsing at their leisure.

  6. Lovely post! I have a question about your hydrangeas: do you cut the bloom after it starts to dry? I have not (live in Zone 7, Tennessee). I am new to gardening, so forgive what might be a silly question. I was gifted one for Mither’s Day and another from my FIL’s funeral. They are both full and leafy now and I hope to transplant them in the yard.

  7. Mary Gillette

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and esp the posts about the flowers and wildlife with the lovely photos. You are gifted.

  8. Patricia Evans

    Garden is winding down here as well. Some perennials dying back, leaves turning yellow, weed grasses going to seed faster than I can pull them (wish we had a daily rain to soften the ground). Don’t be surprised if that bleeding heart dies back when you bring it inside. It is their nature to go dormant in late summer. If you know where you are going to plant it, you might be better off getting it in the ground now. Just mark where you plant it. I have many bleeding hearts both pink and white and they start growing pretty early in the spring.

  9. karenfae

    love your wildlife and flowers – I know my flowers would be better if I paid more attention to them but usually half way through the summer I start to loose interest because of the heat and I tend to stay in more. We had just learned of a bear in the woods in back of us – we have not seen it but a neighbor as the crow flies about a quarter mile from us through the back woods has seen it

  10. Peter and Carols Email

    What variety of turkey do you have in N. Carolina? In Texas we have the Rio Grande species, but we have been in Colorado for a month and are visited by Merriam turkeys. A turkey is not just a turkey! Carol in Texas

  11. Barbara Moore

    With temps over 100 daily in late summer here in the desert of Tucson, I’ve learned what will grow by watching what the surrounding golf courses use for color around their course entrances. I have planted giant zinnias in my patio garden and enjoy watching all the birds and insects visit daily. I also learned the hard way not to plant petunias at the front door because the night-traveling javelinas love those tender blooms! They don’t like the “V’s” – verbena and vinca so only plant them now and they are thriving in this extreme heat. We have coyote and bobcat that also travel the streets after dark, so keeping small animals inside or standing with them outside is a must. We have deer but not in my corner, they’re closer to the mountains. Xeriscape is the name of the game out here!

  12. bonniecoleman

    Carole, you definitely have a green thumb!  Your blooms are just about perfect!  Thank you for such a beautiful blog post.  All your hard work paid off!I messed up a couple weeks ago when I fertilized some of my plants…right before what I thought was a rain coming in.  It didn’t rain though!  So several of them died due to the burn from the 10-10-10 fertilizer.   And I thought I was doing SO good to get that done!  It has stayed in the mid 90’s here just about all summer…with occasional showers.  Now we are facing the Dorian possible hurricane.  Praying that will weaken before Monday!Love reading your blog…..and thank you for putting time and effort out there for your followers!Bonnie C….South Georgia

  13. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, Thank you for sharing all of these lovely photos of your beautiful garden and wildlife. It really is a wonderful post that makes me smile and feel wonderful. Have a great day!

  14. Sharon S

    bunnies are blooming! they ate the miniature roses my son planted, and one of my dianthus. The clematis never got tall, it just sits there, and I’d hoped for climbing all over the mail box, darn. The periwinkles the same, just a single branch. Doubt they’ll return after the winter. We got loads of daylily blooms this year, and dil’s peony finally bloomed back in June. Out back not much at all, the bunnies and squirrels loved the peppers and zucchini again, and we only got a couple of tomatoes in our tomato tower. We had plenty of rain beginning of summer (with a few mushrooms in the grass to show for it!) but not much since, other than one or two torrents. High water bills to keep the grass at least alive. Tree sales going on now, I want an ornamental plum (purple leaves) and a dwarf weeping cherry. We’ll see! The mums we bought 2 weeks ago at the grocery store haven’t liked our excessive heat and I pour about half gallon in them every afternoon when I get home. I do want to get some spring bulbs in this year. Note: deer eat tulips, but not daffodils. Deer eat roses! for the vit. C. We have raccoons in the neighborhood. They seem to prefer the trash cans…. thanks for sharing dear lady!

  15. Joan Sheppar

    Living vicariously through your garden. We have cicadas, bunnies and little boys who LOVE to dig. I have never seen a Hummingbird, they must be spectacular in person.
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I felt like I had a vacation just “walking” down your lane.

  16. Hugh went to the garden shop yesterday and came home with a Meyer lemon tree, and two feijoas. With this small section and clay under the top soil, we will have to dig way below the soil level and remove a lot of clay, replacing it with top quality potting mix to give them a chance. Elsewhere, Dutch Iris, 3 in bloom so far, daffs almost all out, grape hyacinths are starting, the petunias and nicotianas look very sad but a friend assures me if I leave them alone till spring is really here, they will shoot away again.I like your torenias, hope I can find some down here to fill some pots.And all the other colours, your verandah is always a delight.

  17. Rosemaryflower

    Your gardens always look so nice. I adore every one of these pictures.
    I see a lot of birds in our garden. No blue birds though, The tough bully birds have taken over since last summer.
    I have several sun flowers and zinnias.

  18. Nancy

    Your flowers and gardens look so good. We haven’t had rain since June and little at that. Fires are bad and smoke. So hopefully we may get some rain soon.

  19. Awesome shot of the hummingbird! Bears would totally freak me out, no matter the distance. Your garden is certainly full of colour at the moment. I’m looking forward to the colour coming back into mine.

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