Last of Summer Blooms

crepe myrtle

 While we were gone on vacation, there was a lot of activity in the garden and yard. The crepe myrtle tree bloomed just as we left.  The side and back yard gardens are lush with blooms.  Here are photos of blooms in the side garden.

black-eyed susan
     The rudbeckia, or black-eyed susan flowers, are doing well despite being eaten after emerging.

butterfly bush
     The butterfly bush has filled out nicely after suffering severe winter damage.

     The zinnias, one of my favorite flowers, are gorgeous.  I plant seeds every year so I can have fresh cut flowers in the house.

     In the back garden, the cosmos that reseeded have taken over about a quarter of the garden.

     Some vinca from last summer that also reseeded showed up in a few places.

     Some of my loriope plants have started to flower.

     I couldn't resist showing another photo of the beautiful standard impatiens in one of my patio pots.

     The Yoshino cherry trees all over the neighborhood have lost more than half their leaves.  Isn't it a little early for that?  The acorns started dropping off the oaks a week ago.  There is a hint of fall in the weather.  We have had temps in the 50's at night and 70's and low 80's during the day for the last two weeks.  And it is only mid-August. The local meteorologist said our temps have been below average 45% of the time this summer.  I hope this doesn't mean we are going to have a bitterly cold winter like last year. 


  1. Your trees must be thirsty because my Yoshino is still covered in green leaves. This summer has been weirdly cool and we've barely used our A/C. This winter is supposed to be brutal again. :( Love all those gorgeous annuals!

  2. I just heard that we are in for another brutal winter. Maybe your Yoshino cherry trees have gotten more rain where you are, but all the Yoshinos in our neighborhood have lost over half their leaves.