The rain is over - for now.
In upstate New York, August is the last true month of summer. We can (although rarely, where I live in the Binghamton area) get frosts in September.
Already, the days are noticeably shorter than just a month ago here, near Johnson City, New York. The crickets are chirping. The days can still be hot, but the nighttime lows, many times now, are dipping into the 50's (the teens, Celsius). Tuesday of this week, we got soaked. But not soaked as bad as other places, some of them in New York State.
The weather can be scary. Even now, the clouds have a science fiction type look to them.
But Garden Bloggers Bloom Day must go on. And this month, I am going to concentrate on my container flowers.
In my yard, I have a number of container plantings and hanging baskets. Some of these are light enough where I can take them in if frost (or too much rain) threatens.
And this is what it looks like now, with the flowers open.
In one of my back yard containers, there is a mystery petunia. It is a Vigaro variety, which I bought at Home Depot. When I look at it, it looks brown and a bit (technical term) yucky. My son, in fact, asked me if it was diseased. It isn't. The foliage looks healthy. In the photo, it looks more purple.
And speaking of color transformations, there is the case of my "orange" geranium. My friend saw it at an Agway, a local chain of stores that service both farm and city, and bought it for me. The blooms are bright orange.
Except when I try to take pictures of the plant. The photo above is the only one I can get even somewhat orange.
My Japanese anemones will be blooming in another day. My hardy mum is budding. Can fall be far behind?
It's the 15th of the month, and it is time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Today, gardeners from all over the world blog about what is
blooming - in their houses, in their yards. Click the link above to see beauty from all over the world.
Will you join us?