Bloom Day August 2012

Some quick photos to make it on August’s roster for Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
It feels slightly hypocritical to include this ceratostigma in a Bloom Day post, since last spring I single-mindedly pursued its complete annihilation.
I’m all for sparkling, gentian-blue flowers, just stop throttling the Agave celsii already.


Glaucium flavum and Agave bracteosa


Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ is starting another flush of bloom.


Grapes from the vine on the pergola, inedible and bitter, but still beautiful.

Wishing everyone a cooler, breezier Bloom Day. First day out of the 90s here in at least a week.

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10 Responses to Bloom Day August 2012

  1. Les says:

    I think the Agave/Ceratostigma is a nice combo, and am glad your eradication effort was not completely successful, hopefully you are too. Happy GBBD!

  2. Hoov says:

    What a beautiful A. celsii! Even better than the flowers. And yes isn’t the break from the nasty heat a profound relief?

  3. Jason says:

    I bet those grapes are delicious to the birds.

  4. That ceratostigma is a gorgeous blue. Glad your efforts at eradication weren’t completely successful.

  5. Michelle says:

    I love blue in the garden, its perfect with the agave. The grapes are a beautiful color.

  6. Sue says:

    Ceratostigma must be a thug that spans the zones. Love the flowers-the marauding habit not so much. It does look great with the Agave though. Happy Bloom Day!

  7. Deanne says:

    Well it might be a thug but ooo la la, those flowers are an amazing color. Glad you didn’t succeed in eliminating it from the garden. Love the grapes photograph, so lovely. I’m missing S. ‘Wendy’s Wish’ in the gardens here this year. I wasn’t able to find it anywhere this spring. The Hummingbirds really love that one.

  8. Lea says:

    Beautiful photos!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  9. Denise says:

    Les, I admit those two do look good in August, but that cerato is still trouble the rest of the year.
    Hoov, yes, the heat seems to be easing off a bit finally. Muggy, even a few drops of rain yesterday!
    Jason, the birds do love the grapes, good enough reason to grow them.
    Jane, maybe I’ll forget total eradication and just call it a draw.
    Michelle, yes, blues were an early gardening favorite and still endure years later.
    Deanne, WW is the easiest salvia to grow for me. So many others that are difficult to bring to a good uniform bloom, like the straight vanhoutii varieties that have a darker, brick-colored flwr. WW is amazing, hope you find it next year.
    Lea, thanks for the kind words!

  10. Jessie says:

    Grapes that are bitter like that are the best for making wine with! Beautiful garden!

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