Sunday, August 24, 2008

What's in bloom

When I look around the garden, there are a lot of bare patches.

Clematis jackmanii

The big, showy displays of yarrow, bee balm, day lily,
clematis, and rose mallow
are mere whispers of their earlier selves,

if they are even still speaking.

I've still got one that will knock your eye out...
Rudbeckia hirta
Black-eyed Susan

But there are some more subtle spots to enjoy.

Japanese windflower
Anemone hupehensis var. japonia

The anemone is just starting to bloom,

Physostegia virginiana

as is the obedient plant.

Nepeta x faassenii

Catmint, while not as thickly flowered as earlier in the season,
is still satisfying.

Aster divaricatus
I like the contrast of the wood aster's tiny white flowers
with its dark stems.

And, I'm anticipating these:

Clematis terniflora
Sweet Autumn clematis (two flowers have just opened)


Caryopteris x clandonensis
Blue spirea (this will be its first year of bloom)

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