As summer is winding down, I am taking stock of the flowers in my yard that are blooming in August. In fall, here in New England the tall phlox are looking lovely. In my yard, dark and light pink blossoms brighten the landscape. I also have creeping phlox which blooms in Spring.
As for perennials, the Hostas are also blooming, the few I have that are growing well. Some of them died due to the cold winter.
Hydrangeas: The Pinky Winky shrub is full of white flowers, which will be turning pink sometime in the future. The white Blushing Bride in the backyard has three big, white blooms, with a small bud just beginning. Out front, the blue Endless Summer has only two small flowers, and one little bud. The blue flowers are fading to light purple. Click the link above to see recent pictures of my hydrangea shrubs.
Black-Eyed Susans are blooming everywhere. They seem to be the brightest yellow flowers in yards right now. I have two small plants, which I tend to forget about until August.
Day Lilies are also still flowering. I have 8 or 10 plants with peach colored flowers along the front. All those plants came from one, single pot of day lilies I bought three years ago. I divided the stalks, planted them, and then divided them again. Lilies should be divided every so often. My yellow Stella d’oro lilies have gone by.
The annuals I plant each spring – Nasturtiums and Impatiens – are looking wonderful in August. This year I planted the seeds from last year’s ‘Alaska’ nasturtium, and ended up with a beautiful and colorful border along the backyard. All that color for free! I love it. Soon I’ll collect the seeds from these, and plant more next spring.
The marigolds are big and full, and still sending out new flowers. Marigolds bloom more if they are dead-headed.
I have a volunteer Queen Annes Lace that is still blooming too. I love these beautiful “weeds” with the big lacy flowers. If they should happen to grow in your yard, I suggest you leave them alone and let them bloom where they grow. Hopefully it will spread so I’ll have more of it next year.
The blue hydrangeas are turning pretty colors as Fall approaches here in New Hampshire. The petals begin to take on a pink, purple, and sometimes green, tint. It’s always fun to see how the flowers will fade.
All season I have been photographing my beautiful Pinky Winky hydrangea shrub. Now I am ready to share my pictures, in a blooming timeline, to show the progression of the flower color from spring (summer) through fall.
The bush is lopsided because the deer decided that the buds would be a tasty treat (darn deer), but at least they left me some flowering stems.
So here you have the white to pink progression, with a surprise late white flower showing in my last photo. After all the blooms had turned totally dark pink, a lone white bloom appeared. It looks so pretty against the rest of the bush, that I made a hydrangea poster from the image to sell in my BlueHyd store.
If you are unfamiliar with this variety, the flowers begin as all white, then gradually become pink from the bottom up. As time goes on the pink darkens to a beautiful shade, which can be seen in my last image here.
I don’t have the exact dates listed, these photos were taken from the end of July through September. The hydrangeas don’t really start to grow flowers in my area (southwestern New Hampshire) until summer. The pinky winky is a fun one to watch as it changes throughout the season. This bush also attracts a lot of bees. So along with being a beautiful ornamental for the yard, I am helping to feed the wildlife – deer and bees! I don’t mind the bees, but those deer have plenty to eat without ruining my hydrangeas.
As i travel around the neighborhood and general area where I live, I see hydrangeas already in bloom. Just down the road I found a huge Pinky Winky “tree” which is covered in blooms. (I must get a photo) But my Pinky Winky is not blooming at all. Not even any buds are showing. The mopheads have blooms just beginning, but the limelight is also without buds.
So what does this mean? Usually hydrangeas bloom in July here, so there is still time. I do have a lot of shade around this place, so it might be what’s keeping them from budding. I hope not, because I have little choice but to grow them where they are. Besides, I won’t be digging them up!
My peonies are just opening too, whereas just down the road the peonies are in full bloom. I’m very happy with all the buds on them this year. But, how can the fact that I live just up the hill provide such a blooming contrast? I’ll wait and see what happens. What else is there to do?