On this August 15th, we’ve had rain showers for two straight days with more rain headed our way. As Oklahoma gardeners, it seems our fate to always have too much of everything. August usually brings that in the form of too much heat and sun, but after Pam’s lovely visit, she took the heat with her, and we’ve had unseasonably, cool (for Oklahoma) weather ever since; not that I’m complaining. Now, we’re also getting rain. If the plants don’t drown, we should have a beautiful September. My latest blooming daylily is H. ‘Autumn Minaret’ (Stout 1951;) an oldie, but one I truly admire for its height. At six feet tall, it towers over me. ‘Autumn Minaret’ resides at the very end of the garden where its height commands attention. It is also fragrant.
At right, is ‘Mardi Gras’ a Floribunda rose and an AARS 2008 winner. The bloom is a bit faded from the sun, but it retains a quiet beauty against the brighter Gaillardia. They are planted in the tiered borders on the left side of the deck. ‘Mardi Gras’ stays in bloom most of the gardening season. During this, its first year, it is a winner in all ways.
This is ‘SeÃ±orita Rosalitaâ„¢ Cleome (a/k/a Spider Flower.) I wanted to try this Proven Winners selection because it is relatively low growing and compact compared to regular Cleome hasslerana. I also hoped it wouldn’t have the normal sticky (as in sap and thorns) stems of the Spider Flowers I’d grown before. I searched for it throughout Oklahoma City and came up empty handed. Since I sometimes test and review plants for Proven Winners, I contacted them and asked where it could be found. They were nice enough to send me three plants. ‘SeÃ±orita Rosalitaâ„¢ is good choice for small gardens because it only grows three to four feet tall instead of five to six feet. It also has sturdy stems which don’t require staking. It doesn’t lose its bottom leaves. It sets no seed and is thornless. It is a great plant. I only wish it also came in pink or white instead of just lavender, but I suspect the folks at Proven Winners are already working on that.
The Salvias are still going strong. You can’t beat Salvias for their ability to bloom in good or adverse conditions. As with all pictures on this blog, if you let your mouse hover over each photo you can identify the plant.
Moving on to the Gaillardias. I wrote an article for the Oklahoma Horticulture Society’s newsletter yesterday, and it featured Blanket Flower a/k/a Indian Blanket. Gaillardias are another summer blooming species we should all have in our gardens, especially those of us with dry conditions. I especially liked this combination of Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Fanfare,’ Eranthemum nigrum Black Leaved Sky Flower and Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ Feather Reed Grass.
That’s my contribution for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for once again being our fabulous cruise director. If you visit her blog, you’ll see even more bloom day posts. I hope to see you Sunday for another Sunday Stroll.