August in an Indiana Garden

J.E. Shields
Sat, 20 Aug 2005 14:03:31 PDT
Hi all,

Around Indiana towns, the white trumpet flowers of Hosta planteginea 
(spelled?) are much in evidence now.  So are the stalks of pink flowers of 
Lycoris squamigera.

In my garden, the last reblooms of Crinum variabile are starting to 
fade.  Hardy Gladiolus of South African origins like G. oppositiflorus 
salmoneus (salmon colored) and G. x-gandavensis (light yellow) are just now 
in flower.

The most striking flowers in my garden, in colors and in numbers, are the 
hardy Lycoris.  In full bloom are Lycoris sprengeri, L. longituba, and L. 
chinensis.  One bulb of L. [longituba X rosea] is blooming for the first 
time, with large spidery pink flowers.  Other Lycoris hybrids are just now 
shooting up scapes, including L. [chinensis X x-haywardii] and its inverse, 
[x-haywardii X chinensis].

Heavily mulched Kniphofia hirsutus is sending up rebloom scapes, probably 
thanks to all the rain we have had here in the past few weeks.

In pots and containers, Hymenocallis acutifolia is sending up its first 
scapes; Cypella coelestis is starting to bloom.  Under the benches in the 
lath house, Cyclamen africanum is blooming prematurely, again probably due 
to recent rains.

We don't have any late summer wild bulbs, but along the shady edges of the 
woods and streams, wild sunflower (Helianthus sp.) and the tall bellflower, 
Campanula americana, are in bloom.

This is late summer in Indiana.

Jim Shields

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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