Garden Bloom in August

Here it is the middle of August and time for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens.

 

But this month it coincides with Tuesday, so first a look at the South Border for the Tuesday View at Words and Herbs...

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In a Vase: Afloat in August

Last week my sister showed me a photo of annual vinca (Catharanthus roseus) floating in a crystal bowl, so I thought I should try a version of my own today.  Mine is quite simple, consisting of only five flowers in two colors.

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The South Border: Evening Light

For this week's Tuesday View, I decided to photograph the border at an entirely different time of day .  These pictures were taken in the evening, when the western light was already low enough to shoot along the length of the patio and illuminate the top end of the border.  

 

This meant some wonderful backlighting for Pennisetum setaceum rubrum.

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In a Vase: A Jasmine Posy

This will have to be a brief post, just as this was, in its way, a rather small posy.  I wanted to showcase the jasmine flowers (Jasminum sambac) which are blooming now.  They are fragile and drop quickly, but having their fragrance and beauty in the house, even for a few hours, is delightful.

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Summer Splendor: Leucophyllum frutescens

Strangely enough, less than a day from my last post's mention of our moving plans, the whole scheme collapsed (I should have known?).  While for me there is some disappointment at the lost plans, there is honestly a good deal more relief at not having to leave a region and a garden that I have come to love very much.

 

Not surprisingly, one of my first responses as the numbness wore off, was a good look around the garden to see where things actually stand now.  While I am assessing what needs to be done in preparation for the cooler seasons, it is tempting to just stand back and admire one plant in particular.  

 

Leucophyllum frutescens has come into full bloom.

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