Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2008

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2008

The fifteenth of every month is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted and originated by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Please take a look at the plants blooming in our garden then go see what’s blooming in other gardens across the world!

The trees and shrubs:

Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

The Perennials:

Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)


‘Purple Homestead’ Verbena (Verbena canadensis)

‘Oranges and Lemons’ Gaillardia (Gaillardia x grandiflora)

‘Walker’s Low’ Catmint (Nepeta faassenii)

‘Caradonna’ Salvia (Salvia nemorosa)

‘Stella d’ Oro’ Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Yarrow (Achillea)

Sedum/Stonecrop (Sedum seiboldi)

The Annuals:

Annual Verbena (Verbena x hybrida)

Coleus (Solenostemmon)

Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)



Attracting butterflies and hummingbirds with zinnias.

Thanks for visiting the Home Garden!


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Great GBBD blooms Dave! I love the Purple Butterfly Bush & I have the exact same color Crepe Myrtle. I need to add more annuals to my perennial garden next year to extend the season of bloom. Great colors!

  2. Oh, neat, I never realized that the spent flower heads of that gaillardia are almost as pretty as the blooms themselves. And I like how you linked to other posts for more information on the individual plants, Dave – very cool. Happy Bloom Day!

  3. Lots going on! That gallardia looks great and the red coleus too.

  4. Morning Dave,

    It seems that the colors this fall in TN gardens are yellow, golds purples and pinks! The sedum is gorgeous in bloom! and I must get some gaillardia it is lovely sounding 😉 and a good looking flower, too! Thank you for the tour!


  5. Everything looks wonderful, and you’ve got a lot of my favorites here, especially the Gaillardia and Zinnias. 🙂

  6. Love that Verbena and still going strong here as well..

  7. Hi Dave, we have similar beauties growing here. I like the links beneath your photos. Very nice. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

  8. Hi Dave, I have to say that your new camera is taking some really wonderful macro shots. It's fun isn't it? Who cares what the garden really looks like when you can take photos like these and stare at them for hours, especially if you get a butterfly or two, you take pictures like a pro! ;-> Really, your flowers are wonderful, those marigolds are favorites of mine, the color is so intense. It all looks luscious. Thanks.

  9. PG,

    I like the color on the butterfly bush also. I actually got it and a second one for $5 each. The crape myrtle was a volunteer seedling at my parents house. I think it came from their neighbor’s myrtles.


    I thought the same thing after I took the picture. So many plants have interesting seed heads! I’m glad you likes the information links. 🙂


    There was more going on than I though there was. For a while I thought the rudbeckia would be all but as I looked around I found quite a bit.


    Gaillardia should be a must have for you! I like the sedum also. I’ve made some cuttings of it, I might even have one to bring along on Tuesday…


    Thanks! Those two plants (zinnia and gaillardia) are so easy to take care of that they are a must for everyone’s gardens!


    The verbena is a powerhouse of blooms!


    You’re climate is very similar to ours I think! I’m glad you liked the links. 🙂


    I’m having lots of fun with the camera! The pictures of our family are much better also. It’s very important when you’ve got little ones! I am concerned about hard drive space…I’ll just have to get another one!

  10. Very beautiful blooms. I like specially the rudbekia with the red dots and the yellow gailardia (I’ve only seen the red one before)

  11. I'm not a Gallardia fan, but that 'Oranges & Lemons' is very pretty. Which Rudbeckia is that? That pattern on the petals is really neat.

  12. Gintoino,

    The rudbeckia is such an easy plant to grow that it wouldn't make sense not to plant it somewhere. It just seesm to bloom all of August. I think the gaillardia ('Oranges & Lemons') is a relatively new introduction. I like the red one's also, I just haven't put any in yet!


    I'm not quite sure which kind it is. I only know I raised it from seed that came from my mothers house. I'll have to do some more research to find out. Some of the petals have little brown parts that make it stand out a little more. I'm not sure if it's a variation in the rudbeckia or if that's how the parent plant was. I like it though!

  13. The Home Garden looks like a great place to be in August, still lots of blooms.
    Thanks for joining in for bloom day.
    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  14. Carol,

    Thanks for coming by! It might be the place if we had rain. We’ll see how things hold out for September!

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