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Welcome! As "Annie in Austin" I blog about gardening in Austin, TX with occasional looks back at our former gardens in Illinois. My husband Philo & I also make videos - some use garden images as background for my original songs, some capture Austin events & sometimes we share videos of birds in our garden. Come talk about gardens, movies, music, genealogy and Austin at the Transplantable Rose and listen to my original songs on YouTube. For an overview read Three Gardens, Twenty Years. Unless noted, these words and photos are my copyrighted work.
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - August 2008

Last month I posted a list for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at Annie’s Addendum because my camera broke.

Philo and I ordered a camera. The camera came. It didn’t work out. It went back. We’re still looking.

So it's mainly text in my official entry for Carol at May Dreams August Blooming Day. If you want to leave and visit the blogs with both flowers and cameras don't worry about it! This list is to help me know and remember.

Although I water the borders by hand every few days and the containers every day, some plants that bloomed last month are dead and others have no flowers. That’s not always due to heat and drought – many plants are now in the “off” parts of their bloom cycles, and others were cut back to regrow and perhaps rebloom in fall.

It's August! Even with relatively cool temperatures and early summer rain, last year’s Blooms Day post for August 2007 was still snoozeville for flower-fiends.

Any plant not on the July list but blooming in August has an asterisk.

Abelia chinensis - six shrubs – all with a scattering of flowers.

*Agapanthus sp unknown - Pam/Digging gave me some bulbs of agapanthus about a year and a-half ago. I have them in a very large container with a twisted willow. There are two flower stalks open in a lovely deep blue violet. I tried to capture them in this photo taken by the returned camera but the color and texture is all wrong.

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii,, a native Flame acanthus, also came from Pam/Digging and now has a flush of bright orange tubular flowers.

Antirrhinum majus, – two plants of yellow snapdragons have survived and been in bloom since Christmas!

Buddleja lindleyana, Weeping butterfly bush, many long, drooping, lavender colored flowers.

Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ one orange flower head

Capsicum annuum – a dozen pepper plants have buds, flowers and almost-ready peppers. The birds love the wild Chili pequins.

*Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, also called Blue Leadwort, has a couple of dark blue flowers just opened

*Clerodendrum ugandense – Blue butterfly flower. My friend Ellen gave me a start of this plant in spring. It made two large flower heads in late July. The photo was taken with a borrowed camera a few weeks ago - it's almost done now. .

*Clitoria ternatea- the Blue Butterfly Pea climbed the obelisk and is flaunting bright blue flowers. The Ipomoea Moon vine grows next to it but it got a late start and hasn’t bloomed yet.

*Conoclinium greggii Gregg’s Mistflower – just starting to bloom in front wildflower bed

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee' (5 plants) has flowers but in fewer numbers than in July

Crocosmia, may be ‘Lucifer’ – sprays of orange flowers on 4 plants – but few buds left to open along the stems

Cuphea ignea, Cigar flower, covered in tiny orange flowers

Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form (two plants), covered in tiny flowers

Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’, covered in flowers

Cuphea llavea 'Georgia Scarlet', covered in red-orange & purple flowers

Dianthus – a few pink and red ‘Telstar’ hybrids haven’t given up!

Echinacea purpurea alba? – a white coneflower with a few drying flowers left

Evolvulus glomeratus, the ‘Blue Daze’ are tough as nails and making flowers

Gaura lindheimerii ‘The Bride’ (two plants), still making a few small flowers on long wands

Gaura lindheimerii, unknown tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?), some flowers

Helianthus, might be a native? This 9-foot tall annual sunflower has more seedheads than buds or blooms right now.

*Hemerocallis ‘Pinocchio’ two flowers – can’t believe it

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Blue River II’, a few buds – no open blooms.

Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens. More than a dozen plants, some with many flowers, some barely alive

*Indigofera amblyantha? A couple of flowers on the pink false-indigo – think that’s the right species

Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine. Many red flowers open each morning and are fried by afternoon. The hummingbirds better be morning persons.

Lagerstroemia indica, pink crepe myrtles. Five were in bloom in July – the sixth has joined them.

Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepemyrtles (2 trees); they keep blooming if I deadhead

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', in container. I cut off the old blooms a few weeks back and it’s made new buds and blooms.

Lantana, only the white trailing kind is blooming – the others are not blooming and the leaves look hideous– maybe the Lantana lacebugs are sucking them dry.

Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', I cut it back a couple of weeks ago and it’s reblooming

Lavandula multifida, non-stop flowers on this fernleaf lavender. The plant is 8 times the size it was when planted in spring. Too bad it doesn’t smell like lavender.

Liriope muscari, in flower around beds both front, back and side.

Lobularia maritime, Sweet alyssum – one plant still blooming from late winter

Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle (a couple of flowers)

Lycopersicon lycopersicum, even the ‘Juliet’ grape tomato has slowed - just a couple of flowers

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' (one bud up on the top)

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (two plants), It’s doing well in the back border – barely alive in front woodland garden.

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii, a few white flowers on two plants. It survives, but the plant has terrible form.

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (dotted around and in containers), several blooming

Pelargonium – the coral geranium inside and the red ones on the patio are still flowering. I hope the white ones are “resting” and not “dying”.

Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose. This is a native plant. Every morning there are pink flowers. Every afternoon the flowers dry up. Even thought this plant has plenty of sun and some supplemental water, it’s always covered in mildew. If I had to look at it from the breakfast room window it might be compost, but it’s by the mailbox so I don’t care.

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage (two beds), stressed but still not giving up.

Petunia multiflora? Two flowers. I can’t believe it’s even alive!

Phlox paniculata, one plant of my Grandma’s white phlox looks in bad shape – the other one has put up one stalk with a flower.

Platycodon 'Fugi White', (one plant); Platycodon grandiflorus (several plants), Platycodon 'Miss Tilly' (3 plants); Platycodon 'Sentimental Blue'- I keep deadheading and watering these Balloon Flowers and they reward me by pumping out blue and white flowers.

Plumeria sp unknown the red and yellow plumeria have one flowering branch each – they live in large containers that stay in the garage for the winter.

Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs) these two shrubs are over 4-feet tall, growing on either side of the back door and covered in sky blue blue flowers

Poliomintha longiflora, Mexican oregano (3 plants), two have flowers, one looks unhappy. I use the leaves to flavor black beans

Portulaca – assorted Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes – still hanging on and blooming in red, orange, white and coral

Rosa ‘Julia Child’, no open flowers but a handful of buds

Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants) I keep watering these roses and they keep opening new buds every day.

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' – a scattering of flowers

Ruellia brittoniana 'Katy'-a few flowers

The ONLY SALVIA that is doing anything is Salvia farinacea…even 'Hot Lips' kissed off Bloom Day

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’ - 4 flowers. This plant was blooming in January…blooming in August…and every month in between.

Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap (2 plants), lots of tiny blooms

Scutellaria wrightii- a few blue flowers on one of 3 plants

Tradescantia geniculata -still making many tiny white flowers on little water

Verbena bonariensis – produces both flowers for butterflies and hummingbirds and seedheads for goldfinches.

A few plants of white Zinnia linnearis and some rose-colored Zinnias have flowers.


  1. Well, call it what you may but it is still an impressive list of blooms IMO. Love that gorgeous blue butterfly flower and how nice that 2 of the snapdragons have been in flower since December. Not bad at all considering how hot it was not all that long ago in Austin.

    Happy camera hunting! ;-)

  2. Annie, I see your long list of plants that you grow in your garden and I feel like I have almost a "monoculture" in mine. Not enough variety at MDG! I should hire you to come up with a list of plants you remember from your Illinois gardening days that I should absolutely have in my garden.

    And your extra-ordinary efforts to post about your blooms in a summer that has been so hot and dry is very much appreciated! Thanks for joining in.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  3. That looks like a long list to me! I'm surprised about the snapdragons (and the alyssum) too. I love snapdragons, but hardly ever plant any because I think they're going to fizzle in midsummer. I'm going to give them another try.

  4. Ahh the butterfly plant...I had one that wasn't tooo small, it died back in the winter, started to come back, but the summer's been so hot that just surviving has taken all it's resources. Maybe next year...

  5. You have a ton blooming. Hope you get your camera issue worked out soon.

  6. As usual, you have tons of things growing in your garden--even if it seems spare to you. I really love the blue butterfly flower. That's the kind of delicate flower I prefer over zinnias and marigolds. Maybe just because it's blue and white. Remind me to look at it again sometime.

    I haven't made my post yet. Will I? After yesterday, I think I'd rather be watching movies. (Had a GREAT time.)

  7. That blue butterfly plant is lovely and quite intriguing. In fact, you have several here I'm not familiar with. Maybe if the camera gets fixed soon, you could post just some photos:) Camera and computer problems seem to be plaguing many bloggers right now; I'm going to keep my fingers crossed nothing happens to either of mine.

    Even with all our rain, our Illinois blooms are starting to fizzle. You have such a long and varied list of blooms right now, Annie; I am so impressed!

  8. Hi Annie,
    Hats off to you for posting even without a camera! You have quite the list of blooms.

    My painting teacher just gave me some cuttings from her blue butterfly flower... I'm excited about adding this one to my garden.

    I do the same thing as you cutting back some of the plants now hoping for a rebloom in the fall.
    Have a great weekend!
    Meems @Hoe&Shovel

  9. Your list blows my mind! I would love to see your garden and get ideas; you seem to have things that grow here that I've never heard of. Pam/Digging tells me you can get anything to bloom. That blue butterfly flower is exactly the kind of thing I like to plant...where can I find one?

  10. You recommended Evolvulus to me in a blog comment about good candidates for hanging baskets, and I still have a mental Post-It note stuck on my brain reminding me to find seeds.

    So Texas is hot enough to shut down Salvia 'Hot Lips', eh? That must be hot!

  11. Hi Yolanda Elizabet -it's truly bizarre to see those snapdragons cavorting with portulaca and cherry bell peppers! The blue butterfly is marginally hardy here - some people put 10 inches of mulch on it for winter.

    They just end up here somehow, Carol! Garden Bloggers and Divas of the Dirt are Passalong Plants kind of people, bargains show up at Big box stores, and I've had some luck with cuttings.
    I was just as bad in Illinois, collecting roses, clematis, lilies, daylilies, hosta and prairie plants.

    Both the snapdragons and the alyssum are in the new triangle bed, Entangled, which was made with lots of compost and decomposed granite....I'm copying Pam/Digging and Tom Spencer!

    My friend Ellen has it come back for her, Nancy, so I will hope it can be perennial. This plant has had plenty of liquid organic foliar feeding since spring.

    Thanks Tina - it's weird to not have a camera handy.

    Hello MSS at Zanthan Gardens - I'd seen the butterfly flower at another friend's house years ago and was thrilled to get a start. It's in with Blue and white Balloon flowers so hang on to your hat!

    Thanks for commenting on the Mamma Mia post over at the Addendum! It sure was fun to go with you!

    Another Blue Butterfly fan, eh Rose? It's a zone 9 plant. What else is a mystery flower for you?
    When you have lots of plants there's a chance something will look good!

    When I first started reading blogs there were no photos, Meems - but there were also few garden blogs...guess we need the eye candy ;-] Good luck with the Blue Butterfly!

    Hi Robin - you'd be welcome if you're willing to trek up to the NW territories! A few years ago a friend bought one up here at Red Barn Nursery but mine was a start from another friend and it came from Houston. It's only a few months old, needs lots of hand-watering and is not reliably hardy. But it's so beautiful I'll put up with anything if it will live and bloom for me.

    Hi Chuck - the little blue cutie will hardly be noticed among the glorious flowers in your California garden. My plants are usually $1.25 annuals that take off when it gets warm.
    I need to cut all the salvias back and hope for a colorful October.

    Thanks for the comments,


  12. HI Annie, like everyone else, your list of flowering plants seems the opposite of spare to me. My salvia greggiis have been on an extended vacation since they were pruned after the spring bloom and are just now starting to form buds. But S. farinacea is covered in blooms, as are the pink skullcaps. So many cupheas, I am in love with that plant. Your descriptions bring beautiful pictures to the mind'e eye, who needs a camera? Well we all do need our cameras, don't we? But we can still appreciate your garden painted for us with your words. Thanks.

  13. Annie,

    So glad you posted! This may sound odd, but the more I read latin names the better it is for my memory of latin names. There is the added bonus, extra points, so to speak, when I know the common name! It's important to keep those synapses working! So thanks for the great list, actually an impressive list of flowers for Bloom Day!


  14. That is an impressive list of flowers blooming - ah, I fondly remember the blue butterfly pea vine. Now I think I've fallen in love with the Blue butterfly flower. (Must have a thing for blue flowers, I guess).

    It is wonderful to hear that your Scabiosa is still sending up flowers. They are such amazing plants.

    You are lucky to have Crocosmia growing in your garden. I have taken a fancy to them this year...

  15. Now, I just know with a name that includes "ugandense" that it is probably not hardy in my zone, but I love the blue butterfly flower anyway.

    And I have room in my heart for the delicate as well as the robust. I have an entire garden of zinnias and marigolds (featured in my post as you know, Miss Annie -- thanks for visiting!)

    Your list is impressive! I take the low road and just post pictures of the gardens as they stand. I suppose I should actually make a list too. Maybe next month!

  16. So glad to see YOUR blooming blue butterfly plant, as I don't think I'll be getting blooms this summer. Sorry to hear that the new camera didn't work out. Hopefully a new one soon!

  17. Looks like my first post didn't go through. Anyway, I'm glad some of my passalongs are pulling their weight in your August garden. That agapanthus never did diddly for me.

  18. Annie - what an impressive list you have....I need to print yours out so I can remember the names of some of my own! Or, you could come over here and help me make a list of my own that includes everything! I keep starting that project and getting side tracked ... mostly by blogging!!! Your garden sounds amazing - I'd love to see the plants behind the list. Good luck with your camera.

  19. That's a great list, Annie. I can't wait to see pictures when you find an acceptable camera replacements. By the way, it sounds like my lonicera sempervirens and yours are about at the same place... just a couple of blooms now after a big show. Funny how that happens, miles and miles (and lots of degrees on the thermometer) apart. :)

  20. That's an impressive list annie, photos or no photos. I wish I had a similarly big list.

  21. Wow, you have quite a lot blooming! And I love that butterfly flower. I've never seen one before.

    I hope your next camera is perfect. :)

  22. That's quite a list of flowers! Sorry about your camera, mine's partially broken, but at least I still have images.
    I love the butterfly pea. I googled it and saw that it probably won't do well in a cool climate, so won't grow well for me. It's a gorgeous flower.
    Funny.. that the petunia is called "multiflora". Well, two flowers might be seen as multi, it is more that one!

  23. Hi Annie. I'm getting more and more curious about cupheas. I keep coming across them as I visit GBBD posts. Haven't tried them yet. BTW, loved the peach tree story in your later post.

  24. I love Agapanthus, but I don't do well with storing things indoors for the winter, so I have to enjoy them vicariously. I almost thought that those Clerodendrum were fake joke flowers. They look like glass & steel. Very neat. I didn't know that Phlox paniculata could survive in Austin, much less bloom. Go Phlox! I have so got to get some Platycodon. Talk about stalwarts, & deadheading isn't a problem for me. I agree with all the other commenters, you may not have a lot of flowers, but you have a lot of plants with flowers, which counts for something. I hope you get your camera problems resolved soon.

  25. You have such an impressive list...writing it probably took long enough even without taking photos! I finally got a batface cuphea...now I'm wondering if it will survive the winter...other cupheas here sometimes freeze. I hope it makes it!

  26. Annie, I wrote a comment and apparently lost it, so will try again!
    Your list is impressive, and your garden sounds colorful, even though it might not seem so to you.
    These two blue plants are gorgeous. I'm glad Pam's Agapanthus is blooming for you and I love the butterfly flower. Both color and shape are fabulous! That's too bad about the camera.
    I'm happy to see in the post above that the next one turned out to be a winner.
    For a gardening gal without a camera you did a fine Bloom Day post :)

  27. We are in a similar boat here in Florida, the dog days of August can't be over soon enough! Looking forward to fall blooms, when our gardens here look their best.
    Greeting to the Divas from the Garden Fairies of Tampa Bay.
    Happy Growin'
    Queen of the Garden Fairies

  28. Oops - never got back to these comments!

    By now your Salvia greggiis are probably in bloom again, Frances - salvias and cupheas seem like a consolation prize for making it through the heat of summer, don't they?

    Hello Gail - thanks for liking the list...the trouble with knowing the latin names is that when the taxonomists change them, it's hard to remember the new ones.

    I have a thing for blue, too Kate - we may not have the same climate but we gravitate to similar plants!

    The clerodendrum is hardy in zone 9, Healing Magic Hands, so will have to be mulched to survive here.
    I like zinnias and marigolds but haven't had much luck with them here - except for the Zinnia linnearis and Mexican mint marigold.
    The list was a pain to make but I'm glad to have it now.

    Maybe yours will be a late-bloomer, Cargol? And I know yours lived over winter so it can be done!

    Hello Pam/Digging - the agapanthus isn't quite putting on a show, but two flower heads may mean it's finally settled in. I'm glad you gave me a chance to try it.

    You have a lot of interesting plants, Diana - it could be a long project!
    Most of these are just one plant, and many of the flowers are pretty but not showy - so it's not that amazing!

    Most of these flowers have appeared at some point in the last 2+ years, Blackswamp Kim - that's why I was so excited about the two new blue blooms. I hope the Honeysuckle will make more flowers if we get rain and it gets a little cooler.

    Thanks Gintoino - my garden is a mix of plants I bought since we moved to this house four years ago, plants I grew at the last house, and plants I brought from Illinois. So it took a lot of years to get to this point!

    The blue butterfly flower is pretty cool, Lori - thanks!

    Hi Salix Tree - my camera failed in stages ...first the viewfinder went last spring but I managed to use it for a few more months. Good luck with yours.
    The petunia was really "multi" in spring... it's really a winter annual here!

    The only cuphea I knew in Illinois was Mexican Heather grown as an annual, WWWenches - and there seem to be a lot of new varieties in the last 2 years. Good luck!

    In another part of the garden I have a couple of pale blue agapanthus bought in the mid-1990's in Illinois, Mr McGregor's Daughter. Back there they had to be stored in the crawl space over winter...now they grow in the ground and put up a flower once in awhile.
    Oooh, glass and steel - the color is a very cool, almost cold blue.
    The phlox aren't happy, but I need my grandma's phlox!

    You guessed right, Leslie -it took longer to make the list than to write a regular post. My batfaced cupheas seldom make it through winter but my favorite nurseries always carry them in spring.

    I've taken to clipping and pasting my comments onto Notepad before trying to post, Kerri - then I can paste again if it disappears.
    The blue butterfly flower put up several new flower heads - guess it blooms for a fairly long time!

    Hello Siobhan Nehin - thank you for visiting! I enjoyed reading about your Garden Fairies group at GardenRant - you're doing some wonderful things in Florida!

    Thank you for the comments!



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