Weekly Garden Highlights – August 12


Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea alba)

It has been very hot and humid this week, so I’m laying low in terms of any vigorous gardening. Evenings seem to be the most tolerable time to weed and do a bit of trimming.

Here are just a few of the floral highlights in my garden this week :

Zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair’) are so vibrant, one needs sunglasses to look at them–

I’m loving my Dahlia ‘Voodoo’ with its rich, burgundy blossoms.

Other hot pinks in the garden are Cosmos (C. ‘Sensation Mix’) and Zebra Mallow (Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’).

Spider Flowers (Cleome hasslieriana) are charming me with their shape and color.


The Sunny Knockout Rose

‘The Sunny’ Knockout Rose that I rescued from the bargain table at Lowe’s is living up to its name, blooming like crazy. The buds start out lemony, then fade into white.

IMG_3608Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) continue to bowl us over with their honeyed scent every evening, making the nightly rounds a very pleasant thing indeed. Here is one behind an orange calendula (Calendula officinalis). Both self-sow profusely.

What’s happening in your garden?


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66 Responses to Weekly Garden Highlights – August 12

  1. Jim Ruebush says:

    Nature at full-throttle.

  2. No garden but lots of flower photos😀 Great post and lovely shots

  3. You have lots of color left in your garden – beautiful. I’ve been deadheading a lot. My black eyed susans are colorful, I have a lot of phlox blooming, a few dahlias, and then the annuals. It has been hot and humid here. I go out early and do my chores and then have been hunkering down inside.

  4. The balance of colors, the spectrum of the rainbow, is simply stunning.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kim. Many of the colors are eye-popping! All around, the signs of senescence abound, but I’m trying to focus on the vibrancy, enjoying it while I can.

  5. Stunning selection. I must remember to grow some zinnias next year. I love their jewel colours.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I always grow Zinnia ‘Profusion’ (positively infallible), but this year because of IAVOM, I tried some taller ones. I just wish they lasted better in a vase, they tend to rot after a few days. Next year, I want to try a cactus-flowering variety. All zinnias are wonderful!

  6. Anne says:

    Winter is drawing to a close in South Africa. The clivias are beginning to bloom, jasmine blossoms scent the night air, the Cape Honeysuckle still provides some bright orange patches and I even have a very late blooming aloe!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Nice! Many of your native plants do well here in my sunspace in winter. Pelargoniums, jasmine and I would love a clivia but they are rather pricey. 🙂

  7. Wonderful shots, the vibrant colour just makes you happy!

  8. The white and orange are so beautiful together. All the flowers are wonderful.

  9. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful. I have never seen that Zebra mallow before – I like it; and the spider flowers – they are pretty!

  10. Kris P says:

    I love that dahlia too! And I still remember being enthralled by that zebra mallow when I saw it in glorious bloom in Alaska years ago but (unlike dahlias) I’ve never tried to grow it here.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Zebra mallow is supposedly a perennial/biennial beyond zone 6, but mine die and self-sow (a lot!) every spring. Unfortunately, the rabbits and Japanese beetles love them, too. They only grow to zone 9, so they may not do so well for you?

  11. dianaed2013 says:

    These are lovely – my garden is still looking fairly good although some annuals are beginning to fade – blue and blue and white agapanthus are bright spots and roses are blooming again but sedums have yet to get any colour

  12. Brian Skeys says:

    The sunny rose and calendula make a winning combination.

  13. Lovely photos, and I appreciate what it took to grow what you photograph. 😉

  14. arlingwoman says:

    High summer! Goodness it’s so beautiful! How do you control the spread of the mallow? I love the stuff, but have contaminated my whole community garden with it! It’s almost as bad as trumpet vine (and just as lovely).

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Lisa. With the mallow, I yank seedlings constantly. They are still coming up! I try to keep them in an area with coneflower at the back of the garden and let them duke it out. They are pretty, so I don’t mind them so much.

      • arlingwoman says:

        I just love the things, but my they seed prolifically (which you can prevent by cutting the blossoms, which last nicely in bouquets) and have amazing roots! I’m pretty much doing what you do–pulling up the young ones.

  15. MK says:

    I love your zinnias & spider flowers. As for my garden… the grass is hanging on for dear life and the oranges & persimmon are flourishing.

  16. Bun Karyudo says:

    If someone had told me that voodoo, spiders and tobacco could all be part of a beautiful garden, I wouldn’t have believed them. Luckily, you provided photographic evidence.

  17. Bun Karyudo says:

    By the way, in answer to your last question, I don’t have a garden, which may be part of the reason why I enjoy looking at other people’s so much. 🙂

  18. Cathy says:

    Lots of lovely flowers and so much colour. 🙂 I love the Cleome and must try them in the ground again next year… with lots of copper tape around them of course! 😉

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Cathy. Ha, good news! Cleome are sticky and prickly and the slugs won’t touch them. At least they don’t in my garden. 🙂

      • Cathy says:

        They have eaten a whole batch of fairly large seedlings freshly planted before, but I shall wait until they are bigger to plant them out next time!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Come to think of it, all my cleome are self-sown. When I use transplants, they get clobbered by slugs. Not sure what it is (transplant stress?), but they must smell or taste more attractive. Maybe try sowing cleome in the fall?

  19. jenanita01 says:

    nothing like as grand or interesting to look at in my garden, I will walk around yours again, if you don’t mind?

  20. Lovely, lovely! Isn’t it wonderful how the garden changes in response to the seasons. The white coneflower is glorious; I haven’t tried this group of zinnia – do they get many visits from pollinators? The stamens seem well exposed and full of pollen!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Lynn. The only monarch I’ve seen this year was on one of these zinnias, then it visited the globe thistle. For that, they’ve earned a permanent place in my garden!

  21. Maria F. says:

    I love Zebra Mallow. Great job!

  22. Kathy Sturr says:

    Ooooh, that calendula nicotiana combo is lovely!

  23. Such A rich and beautiful garden Eliza…❣

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