Welcome to the August edition of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Each 15th of the month, this meme is hosted by May Dreams Gardens. Each 15th of the month, garden bloggers from around the world post pictures of what is blooming in their garden. Welcome, and please be sure to check out May Dreams Gardens and the other participants in GBBD.
Due to some difficulties with my laptop all of today's photos were taken with my iPhone 4S, and cropped using Photoshop Express. As a purely amateur photographer without any photo training, I fumbled my way through the software and am pleased with the results. (The iPhone camera isn't too shabby, either.)
So what is blooming at my house in upstate NY, near Johnson City/Binghamton?
Due to my schedule, I took these photos Sunday, but all of these plants are in bloom this morning.
Overnight, we had at least two thunderstorms and some rain. We've been getting rain since my July post and I am grateful, although Elmira, NY (about an hour west of us) was hit with a small tornado, which still caused enough damage.
A red dahlia. There is a story behind this dahlia - the original tubers were given to me some 20 years ago by a friend and co worker who had cancer. Sadly, she passed, but we have grown this dahlia every year since. Last year it put out very few tubers
A hisbiscus. This plant was accidentally "weeded" last summer and never recovered, never bloomed. But this year, it is back, just as strong as ever. There is a story behind this plant too, which was planted in honor of a late aunt I loved dearly. She loved hisbiscuses.
And finally, you can be pleasantly surprised by the unexpected. Every year we decorate the front of our house with ears of dried ornamental corn. (No, we don't grow it - we usually get it at a local farmers market.) The squirrels ate ours this past fall, but one kernel must have fallen. We let it grow, and it is now blooming for us. One tiny corn is now starting to peak out with a few tassels.
What's blooming in your garden today?