What’s Blooming

“What’s Blooming”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

 Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for coming up with GBBD.  This is the day (15thof the month) in which we post everything which is blooming in our gardens.

Today was mostly overcast here with a late afternoon sprinkling of rain.  Many of the plants looked refreshed with the cooler temps and a light misting.  Even though it is the middle of August, one of our hottest months, there still are many blooms to see.

Sweet Autumn Clematis is blooming all over the back garden.  Combine that with the butterfly ginger that is also blooming, and the whole back yard is sweetly scented.  Also blooming in that area are the hibiscuses, The Fairy rose, red and pink Knockout roses, bog salvia, Mexican heater, blue daze, Pretoria canna, blue butterfly bush, impatiens, ruellea, plumbago, and gardenias.

The above clematis, Clematis Crispa, is blooming also in the side garden.  The pentas are still putting on a display, and so are the Katie ruellas (purple, pink, and white), crybaby tree, night blooming cereus, weeping butterfly bush.  The old fashioned four o’clocks are now numerous enough to perfume this area of the yard in the early evening.

Blushing Knockout rose is in flower along with the iceberg roses, miniature roses, Butterfly rose, and a passalong peach rose from a neighbor.

In the entry garden the salvia, both lady in red and mystic spires, wax begonias, and red ruellea keep that area colorful.  Some of the rex begonias are in bloom, too.

In other areas of the garden, lantanas are blooming with colors of yellow, pink, orange, fuchsia, and white.  In the circle garden Happy Returns, Stella d’Oro, and Plum Tree daylilies have started putting out new flowers.  Yellow Jessamine is still blooming, and the asters and Country Girl mums have just started showing their flowers.  It is a little disappointing that the bird of paradise has not opened its bloom for GBBD, but maybe next month.



  1. Sheila said,

    August 15, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Lovely soft colors for a hot month!

  2. Phillip said,

    August 15, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    You are a little bit ahead of us – my ginger lily or sweet autumn clematis isn’t blooming yet. I LOVE that clematis! Is it easy to find?

  3. Jan said,

    August 16, 2008 at 5:07 am

    The softer colors help keep your mind off the high heat, Sheila, or at least I think so.

    About that clematis, Phillip. I have only seen it for sale once, but it is a native of the SE so you may be able to find it. This is my first year with it, and I have a few seeds and will try to root some cutting in the fall, if I am successful with either method, I’ll send you a plant if you want.

  4. Alexandra said,

    August 16, 2008 at 7:06 am

    From a distance, the first picture looks like a thousand little dragonflies. 🙂

  5. Tina Ramsey said,

    August 16, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Very nice blog. I also like the beautyberry for the very reasons you stated. Your clematis crispa is super. I hope to have some soon. Until then thanks for sharing.

  6. Meems said,

    August 16, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Hi Jan,
    You’ve certainly got a lot of August blooms surviving the heat. How nice for the sweet scents in your back yard.
    meems @Hoe&Shovel

  7. Jan said,

    August 16, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Hi, Alexandra, I never noticed before, but it does look like dragonflies at first glance. It must be your artistic eye that picked that out.

    Thanks, Tina. More of the berries have changed color, and the bushes are looking really great now.

    Hi, Meems. The scented plants have gotten big enough now that there are enough blooms to really catch your attention with the scent but not overpower.

  8. Brenda Kula said,

    August 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    That clematis crispa is phenomenal! I didn’t realize any of the clematis blooms could look like that. Okay, that’s it. I’m getting one!

  9. Jan said,

    August 16, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Brenda, there are several clematis that have that bell shape. Not all of them are the flat, open type.

  10. Curmudgeon said,

    August 18, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Wish I could smell your backyard! Enjoyed visting your GBBD post.

  11. Jan said,

    August 18, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks, I am so glad that I started planting fragrant flowers a few years ago. At this time of year, it is pleasant to stroll through the garden and smell the four o’clocks, ginger, and clematis. It makes up for the oppressing heat.

  12. August 20, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day. It’s taken me awhile to get to all the post, but I’m finally here. As always you have some beautiful blooms.

  13. Jan said,

    August 21, 2008 at 4:19 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Carol. I always enjoy GBBD.

  14. Alma said,

    April 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

    What type of aster do you grow?

    • Jan said,

      April 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      I am not sure. I received them from my mother who had purchased them the year before from Lowes. They make small purple flowers and are perennial.

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