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August 9, 2010

What’s Blooming – late July/early August

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 10:35 am
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It has been a while since I’ve done a straight “What’s Blooming ” post, so I thought it was time to feature the flowers once again.  The butterfly bushes, while still blooming, have gotten plenty of press recently in the butterfly posts (oh, I finally got some monarch butterfly shots too, so that’s another upcoming post), so I thought I’d turn my attention to some other faithful bloomers.  I have had tall phlox blooming in a garden around my bird bath for many summers.  After the glory of the bearded irises and bleeding hearts have passed, these beauties take over for later summer color.

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In addition to the phabulous phlox, the annual zinnias and cosmos (as well as a tri-color collie) continue to provide summer color at the base of the hydrangea.

Although I’ve featured the zinnias and cosmos before, I have some different shots to share (plus these were taken with the Rebel, not the old Olympus, so perhaps some improvement in my image quality will be seen.)

Pink Cosmos, just beginning to open


White cosmos

I’ve gotten a couple surprises with my zinnias this year.   Some of them turned out to be lovely “double” specimans:

In addition to being double, I don’t think I’ve ever had a yellow zinna before.  They are usually in the pink range, so this one turned out to be a bright, cheerful addition to the flower bed.


  1. Ooh! Ooh! I like the blooming collie!

    Pretty phlox and zinnias and cosmos, too. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed my little flower border at the house in the city.

    I would like to know how you so cleverly solved the problem of incorporating a slideshow AND standalone photos in the same post without getting the individual ones put in the slideshow too.

    Comment by Gerry — August 9, 2010 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

    • I seem to be doing this a lot lately; I thought I hit reply when I wrote that comment to Gerry. The comment below was meant for you Gerry!

      Comment by Karma — August 10, 2010 @ 7:39 am | Reply

  2. Thanks! The blooming collie often seems to get himself into my flower shots; I thought it was kind of him to lay down and pose nicely this time.

    As far as the slideshow/standalones: after I made my slideshow, I posted the standalones from my Flickr account. If you use a photo hosting site, go to the HTML tab of your new post edit and copy and paste the photo’s HTML – they won’t be incorporated into the slideshow.

    Comment by Karma — August 9, 2010 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

  3. Your garden is blooming very well! Many things in mine (sadly) are not doing well in the heat. We just can’t seem to get any appreciable rain so the ground is over-dry at this point no matter how much we irrigate.

    I’ve been following the butterflies as well. I have taken some shots, but haven’t felt like posting any. Weird, huh? I’m either getting lazy or just tired from the heat! 🙂

    Gerry: I also think you can incorporate single images into same post as a slideshow by simply uploading them separately after you’ve created the slideshow gallery. I’ll have to test that theory….

    Comment by milkayphoto — August 9, 2010 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

    • Well, the things that are pictured here are about all that is left except for my hanging baskets – and even those look like they have seen better days most of the time.

      I hope you decide to post something! I’d love to see what you’ve gotten lately.

      And I’m not sure about what you say about the slideshow, Tracy. I feel like I’ve read somewhere that any pictures uploaded to WordPress when you’ve created a slideshow will automatically be added to it.

      Comment by Karma — August 10, 2010 @ 7:43 am | Reply

    • I think I tested the theory, and it didn’t work. Creating a page that’s published but hidden somewhere works; you can insert the gallery or slideshow from that page. But it’s a pain in the neck, and some themes insist on listing all the pages. Phooey on it. It’s too hot.

      I’ll watch for butterfly shots . . .

      Comment by Gerry — August 10, 2010 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

      • Phooey is right. WordPress needs to work on this!

        Comment by milkayphoto — August 10, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  4. Have I told you yet that I love your garden?
    Hmm… maybe we will head northeast after this, instead of northwest 😉

    Comment by thedailyclick — August 10, 2010 @ 8:32 am | Reply

    • Outstanding idea! We could have a blogger meet-up! Danielle, Scott, Tracy and I are within a few hours of each other – wouldn’t that be cool? I’d love to spend a day shooting pictures with you guys!

      Comment by Karma — August 10, 2010 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

  5. I would like to hangout in your yard for awhile.

    Comment by burstmode — August 10, 2010 @ 9:21 am | Reply

    • I’d love to see the shots you’d come up with while doing so!

      Comment by Karma — August 10, 2010 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  6. Cosmos are one of my all time favorites! You have such a lively and gorgeous garden.

    Comment by plainmama — August 10, 2010 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

    • Well thank you! There isn’t much beyond the pictures I posted that are currently blooming, but I’ve worked at it over the years to try to have something in bloom throughout the spring and summer.

      Comment by karma — August 10, 2010 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  7. After neglecting my flower garden I recently had it ripped out and am now in the process of redesign. The trick is to choose plants that will give you color all season. It’s tough! Love the phlox and zinnia.

    Comment by Becky Sue — August 18, 2010 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

    • It will be fun for you to choose! I go to 16 Acres Garden Center each spring for what I call my “pilgrimage” of buying new flowers – usually a few new perennials to try each year, as well as annuals to add all-summer color.

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2010 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

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