Not much seemed to be blooming, but I was wrong.
Not much seemed to be blooming for this August Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, but there were more meadow flowers for pollinators than I first thought.
All the usual suspects
Many of Bloom Day’s usual suspects like tall garden phlox are in flower as the summer garden waits for fall. A lot of rain fell in July–in the last 60 days, 9.84 inches–and the grass remains green. I don’t water most of the upper and lower pastures. I do water sections of the upper pasture meadow.
We had some work done.
As you can see from the photo above, we had some work done in the lower pasture right next to the bees. Our septic system failed after forty years, and we had new lateral lines laid. It was quite the process. I should have taken more photos of the process, but in the space that was overturned, I’m going to plant clover for the bees. I bought a bee clover mix from Deer Creek Seeds. The clover may make a funny stripe in front of the hives, but the bees will appreciate it. We don’t have horses anymore so the Alsike white clover won’t hurt anything.
I do have some Dutch clover that naturally occurs in some of our pasture grass, and we’ve let it grow, but this will help make more honey. It’s all about the pollinators at our Little Cedar Garden these days.
The mini meadow continues.
The mini meadow is pretty even though it is quickly going to seed. Gaillardia and Mexican hat are still going strong, and I’m collecting seed for the upper meadow.
Flowers bloom in the upper pasture too.
In the upper pasture meadow, blackeyed Susans, Rudbeckia spp., of various types bloom sporadically. Goldenrod, Solidago spp. is starting to strut its stuff, but that also means ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, will begin flowering making people miserable. I’m pulling the ragweed out everywhere I see it in my meadows. I know it’s futile, but I still try.
It’s all about the pollinator plants.
In spite of the stupid, wind-pollinated ragweed, the honey bees will love the other fall flowers, and our fall honey flow will start.
Speaking of great plants for pollinators, let’s not forget African blue basil. Gail from Clay and Limestone turned me onto this fabulous nectar plant. All of the bees and hoverflies are mad for it. It was hard to find this spring, but I ordered from Lazy Ox Farm on Etsy. I have three plants, and I’ll take cuttings in the fall. African blue basil isn’t winter hardy in Oklahoma.
Fall is coming in on tiny cat feet.
Apologies to Carl Sandburg and “Fog” aside, I can feel fall creeping around the edges in our morning lows this week. Highs in the 80s and lows in the mid-60s are way nicer than they are supposed to be on August Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. I’m going to take a breath, drink my coffee on the deck, and dream of shorter days and pumpkin lattes. How about you?
Thank you, Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day yet again this month. The longest-running garden meme in memedom. You should be proud of yourself.