Usually, our mid-August hights are in the upper 80s to mid-90s. Today, the high was somewhere in the low 70's.
I felt ALIVE!
That's why I'm doing my first Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post since... oh dear, sometime last year. I was CPAP-zonked for most of the spring - really, up until I got busy with the summer, community theater musical which just recently ended.
Taking pictures, though was a perfect excuse reason for being outside even more today.
Please check out more summer blooms at May Dreams Gardens' Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
Here's what was blooming today:
I've never planted dahlias at our current house in Hillsborough because they didn't do well in our back yard in Durham. I'm glad I finally decided to plant these last fall (I was tempted by them at the Biltmore Garden shop) because these have done well.
Usually, the cosmos come up from seed in the mailbox bed. Very few came up there this year, but a number of them came up in the gravel next to the driveway. Dear husband transplated them, and now the mailbox bed is as beautiful as usual.
The deck has been wonderful to look at from inside on hot days. I love the colorful African impatiens. Above it, on the right, is a hyacinth bean with its first blooms. The tall plant to the left of it is the tithonia. This one hasn't bloomed yet.
This cardinal flower also came up from seed on its own. It's about 5 feet tall, though the top part finished blooming last week. The hummingbirds love it, and we love to watch them at lunch. There's a tithonia to the left, and the hummingbirds frequent that too, but there were no tithonia blooms today.
This native azalea looked totally dead two years ago. It was brown, didn't get any leaves or blooms, and the stems snapped. It greened up last year, and, this year, it's blooming off-season. I don't understand it, but it makes me happy (the camera didn't want to focus in the shade, though).
The hibiscus flowers are all at the end of this post because they didn't bloom until this afternoon.
We used to have a few different Formosa lily plants in our yard, but they eventually all died. They had little, tiny, 2-3 inch tall plants for only a few dollars at the Duke Gardens sale last fall. Now, the plants are 5 to 6 feet tall. This is the first one to bloom.
Oops! I almost forgot these photos I took after our evening walk at Ayr Mont.