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Flocks of Phlox for a Blooming Blogaversary
the newest Phlox paniculata at Squirrelhaven, 'Shockwave'

Once again, I had forgotten about my blogaversary. Today, Mr. McGregor's Daughter begins its fifth year. I could say exactly what I said last year about it, but why waste time? Let's get to the Bloom Day eye candy. It's funny, last summer was equally brutal to what we experienced here in July. However, the temperatures have returned to normal and the faucet is on again, set on "Deluge." The garden has responded enthusiastically.

August finds the floral interest shifted to the Nanoprairie where the Lycoris squamigera has opened just in time to join its partners Phlox paniculata 'David' and Echinacea purpurea.

I know I said I was going to pull out that Phlox and replace it with a colored one because I can't stand the faded blooms. My foot problems really slowed me down during the spring, and only now can I use a shovel properly without foot pain. 'David' will be removed. Eventually.

Here's more of the Nanoprairie.

the native Allium cernuum

I should start selling these. According to the USDA Allium cernuum is threatened in Iowa, Minnesota and New York, but it acts like a weed in my garden.

Above the Alliums:

Eupatorium 'Phantom', Liatris spicata and Echinacea purpurea

On the front porch, a container has finally fulfilled the vision.

Heuchera 'Havana' blooms with Tricyrtis 'Gilty Pleasure'

The basket is to keep the squirrels out.

Across the front walk, Sedum 'Purple Emperor' has begun blooming.

Around back:

Geranium 'Bob's Blunder' and Hosta 'June'
Phlox paniculata 'Nicky' and Geranium 'Blogold' (Blue Sunrise)

A random phlox.

Phlox paniculata 'Goldmine'

The last hydrangea to bloom, the lacecap 'Claudie'.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Claudie'

Another random phlox.

Phlox paniculata 'Grenadine Dream'

This one is shorter and more compact. There are other phloxes blooming, but you get the idea.

There are other things blooming beside phlox, such as the last of the 'Black Beauty' lilies

and the annual South African foxglove. (Thanks for the seeds, Nan Ondra.)

Ceratotheca triloba alba

The Clematis have staged a revival, the Lobelias are all in full bloom, and the ex-asters of the woodland are starting to bloom. The rose and Calycanthus floridus 'Athens' are in full rebloom again. Hello, Fall, I see you coming.

Heuchera 'Citronelle' and Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Thanks, as always, goes to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

The list:
Actaea racemosa
Aster species
Astilbe pumila
Callirhoe involucrata
Calycanthus floridus 'Athens'
Campanula 'Samantha'
Campanula 'Sarastro'
Campanula persicifolia 'Blue Eyed Blonde', 'Telham Blue', 'Grandiflora Alba'
Clematis 'Betty Corning', Bonanza, 'Madame Julia Correvon', Petit Faucon, and 'Silver Moon'
Dianthus 'Cranberry Ice'
Dicentra 'Bountiful' and 'King of Hearts'
Eurybia divaricata
Eurybia macrophylla
Geranium 'Gerwat' (Rozanne), 'Jolly Bee', hybrid
Heuchera 'Fire Chief', 'Frosted Violet', and 'Raspberry Ice'
Hibiscus 'Red Heart'
Hosta 'Halycon', 'Krossa Regal' 'Maraschino Cherry', 'Winfield Gold'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac'
Knautia 'Mars Midget'
Lavandula 'Hidcote'
Lobelia 'Monet Moment'
Lobelia 'Sparkle DeVine'
Lobelia siphilitca
Lobularia maritma
Penstemon 'Pike's Peak Purple'
Phlox maculata
Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender', 'Laura', and 'Starfire'
Phlox pilosa 'Eco Happy Traveler'
Rosa 'Carefree Beauty'
Sedum 'Xenox'
Stylophorum diphyllum

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