August is a month of transition in our southeast Tennessee zone 7 garden. The daylilies are done, the phlox is nearly ka-put and there are but a few flowers of merit blooming as the expectant gardener paces back and forth in the waiting room for the birth of glorious fall. But there is redemption in the garden beds as patience is wearing thin, scorched by heat and drought, the sweet butterflies. Zinnias have needed extra water to help them be able to supply the nectar to quench the thirst/hunger of the little skippers. Ever polite, the one waits their turn at the drinking fountain of yellow in the center of pink petals whilst their friend sups.
The packet of Zinnia ‘Giants of California’, a mixture of colors from Baker Creek Seeds, was carefully planted in a square of the best loam available in the veggie bed on May tenth. That location has paid dividends of colorful blooms when little else is radiating the neon welcome sign to the pollinators. Take note for the journal of the time and place, for this has been the best year in a long time for the zinnias, which laugh at the heat and need just a smidge of water to do well.
One more Zinnia shot before we move on. This butterfly is a pale orange on the upper side of the its wings, but is much more timid than the bold skippers so we feel fortunate to have even this folded wing image to share with you, dear readers.
‘Tis the season of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’. This tall perennial fills the yellow/white garden midsection and provides many flowers for the bees and other pollinators. It is a daily buzzfest of happy song.
A lone thistle volunteer appeared in the Black Garden. It was allowed to grow tall and flower since it is beloved by pollinators for nectar and by birds for its seed. It has been deadheaded to help it continue to produce blooms and keep it in bounds. Since we are not grazing cattle or horses here, it is not the dread weed that say, poison ivy is.
The warts and all shot of the home of Gallery Cobra, the raised box planter where this one Dahlia has overwintered two years. It seems to be sprawling some and it is wondered if it should be divided next spring, this fall, at all, or left alone. We certainly don’t want to jinx the yearly return of it by doing the wrong thing. Any advice from out there in the blogdom?
The first stop when out and about in the garden with the camera looking for butterflies is the stand of Verbena bonariensis growing in the lawn/meadow. The mulitple lavender flowers on tall waving stems can make photography difficult when there is even the slightest breeze, but the flutterbies don’t seem to be as camera-shy as they are riding to and fro. Life is full of compromises…
Do be sure and check out all the bloom day posts from around the globe from the site of the originator of this marvelous sharing experience on the fifteenth day of each month, Carol at May Dreams Gardens.