Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 8/2015

GBBD August 2015

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Moonflower Ipomoea alba just before bloom

Moonflower Ipomoea alba just before bloom.

Moon flowers are blooming wildly on these hot August nights.

A harsh winter and long rainy spring took its toll on spring blooms and my roses. But now, in the peak of production and seed making, many flowers are blooming with endless enthusiasm.

zinnia and nicotimia

zinnia and nicotinia

 

 

 

My zinnias have been the show off flowers this summer. Using galvanized watering cans, I’ve fill bucket of the back with zinnia arrangements. All the flowers are from a few packets of seed from Renee’s Garden.

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The Neked Ladies or Surprise lilies have multiplied every year, becoming thicker and more beautiful.Surprise Lily

Since I am the only southerner in our home, okra seldom makes it into the garden. My husband, Mr TD&H, helpfully weeded all the okra seedlings out of the garden every year.

I love okra’s big, soft yellow flowers, so, I planted a few seed in the flower beds. The variety is over 8′ tall and steadily producing. Picked small, okra makes the best refrigerator pickles.

Make an extraordinary dish like authentic New Orleans Gumbo and even my California Dreamer will eat okra. Occasionally. Try my version of fried okra.

White Gladioli and purple Zinnias

White Gladioli and purple Zinnias

I was fortunate to meet Elizabeth Lawrence. In her book, she wrote: “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.”
As she signed my much used copy of the book, she said she was pleased that someone was actually putting the book to good use.

 

 

 

Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.

It’s fun. GBBD ends up being a journal of your garden’s year round floral display.

Nicotiana alata

Little white trumpet flowers, Nicotiana alata are popping up where they please. They have volunteered from last years plants.

The old faithful geraniums, marigolds and nasturtium just keep on blooming nonstop. Rose of Sharon’s, Hydrangea and hibiscus are all in full bloom.

There is more, but you have other blogs to read and I need to water my flowers.

Thank you for stopping by. My garden is in southeast Missouri, zone 6b. There are porch chairs on every side of the house. The sun tea is brewing on the patio.

Stop by anytime to sit in the shade and have a cool drink. Should you be so inclined, there is also a pruner, a weeder and a watering can o each side of the house.

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6 responses to “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 8/2015

  1. Lovely flowers, Patsy, the zinnias are so bright, and I love the spiral that the moonflower makes before it opens, it must smell really wonderful. I grew up in the South so I love okra. One of my earliest memories is looking up at the wonderful okra blooms, like moons over my head. Unfortunately it doesn’t get hot enough here for good okra, the nights are cool. I buy it at the Asian market, but my husband doesn’t appreciate it either. I hope yours didn’t weed it out on purpose! I like it straight, boiled, yum. Slime and all. I read that if you eat okra and eggplant once a week, it cuts your heart attack chances in half. My husband would eat it in gumbo.

  2. What a lovely bloom day post. Your zinnias are magnificent. I always mean to plant Zinnia seeds every year and never manage to do it–and see what I am missing. Happy GBBD, Patsybell!

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a moonflower at that stage of bloom – it’s wonderful! Your zinnia collection is scrumptious and much more robust than mine.

  4. Oh – that unfurling Moon flower bud is fabulous! Now I can’t wait for mine to bloom. So far just leaves, but seeing yours made me very excited. Can’t wait!

  5. Your white gladioli and purple zinnias is a winning combination, they are stunning!

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