It's half September, well almost, so it is once again time for the show and tell about what is in bloom in the garden right now. Months ago it was Carol of May Dreams Gardens who came up with this idea and it is fun to see what is blooming in the gardens of many garden bloggers all over the world.
At Bliss there is still quite a lot in flower, let's start with the potager aka the ornamental kitchen garden:
Nasturtiums galore in many different colours
Marigolds, double yellow
Violets, deep purple
Strawberries, we are still picking the little darlings and eating them of course.
Dahlias in various colours
Love-in-a-Mist in pink, white and blue
Petunias in purple, white and pink
Centranthus ruber, deep pink
Sweet William in burgundy, pink and white
Impatience glandulifera, white
This chap, that I keep forgetting the name of, is Nicandra physalodes 'Violacea' (I looked it up). Pretty plant though, did you notice the tiny purple dots on the leaves (click on the pic to enlarge)? The flower heads are nice for flower arrangements, they dry very well too.
Sweet peas in many pastel shades
Solanum crispum, white
Forget-me-not, pink. This one is still flowering which is rather surprising to say the least.
And this one, a wildflower whose name is Oenothera glaziouana, right next to the blackberries.
There, that's the kitchen garden sorted but there is a lot more in flower in the rest of the garden. Let's have a look:
Chocolate Cosmos, which actually does smell of chocolate.
Phloxes, these are annual ones that I've sown myself. Pretty aren't they?
Verbena's in many colours
Cosmos, pink and light pink
Verbena bonariensis, purple
Impatience walleriana, pink double
Petunia, pink, white, yellow and purple
Holly Hocks in black and deep red
Trifolium ochroleucon perhaps??? pink
Astrantia major, burgundy
Heuchera, white and pink
Dahlias in many colours
Linaria purpurea, pink
Lysimachia clethroides, white
Impatience glandulifera, pink
Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl', white
Polygonum bistorta, pink
Salvia Oxford Blue
Rosa Memory, white
Phlox in pink and white, purple, white, soft pink
Centranthus ruber, deep pink and white
Gaura, pink and white
Japanese Anemones, white and double pink
French Lavender, purple
Rosa Calypso, pink and white
Cleome, pink, that I've sown myself
Cimicifuga simplex, white
Eupatorium purpureum, deep pink
Ipomoea, deep pink/burgundy with double flowers, the pic doesn't do the colour justice.
Pelargonium in white and pink
Geranium in pink and white
Coneflowers in white and burgundy
Cyclamen in white and pink
Spirea in white and pink
Geranium phaeum Samobor
Sweet pea, purple
And we finish this Blooms Day with the White Garden of Bliss:
Still in flower from end of April: Rosa Moonlight, such a wonderful little trooper, and she will flower a few months more until the frosts hit.
Rosa Madame Alfred Carriere, still going strong since May.
Rosa Blanc Double de Coubert which still has a few flowers.
Rosa Sombreuil, also flowering from early May, such a beautiful rose with a wonderful scent. All my roses are scented.
Rosa Guirlande d'Amour, flowering profusely from early May and still going strong and will continue to do so until the first frosts. Here you can see how it got its name. A winner this rose and so easy to grow.
Persicaria amplexicaulis Alba
These two make a nice combination as you can see here. But what's that? That's not white! Nope, that's purple. We're nearing Autumn and then more colour is added to this garden and we wave goodbye to the White Garden and say hello to a more colourful one.
Tricyrtis formosana with very pretty orchid like flowers
Aster turbellinus, with clouds of tiny lilac flowers
Aster novi-belgii in lilac, purple and pink
And I'll leave you with the last little bouquet of the year of one of my favorite flowers: the Sweet Pea.
Have a great weekend!
The historical fact that gardening has been appropriated by conservatism shows us how dangerous it really is: it had to be stolen. The proper gardener is no conservative; neither is she a socialist, sowing the common harvest. She is an anarchist, and a libertine.
Simon Busch, The Guardian, 23 May 2003