Whew! I did not know I could sweat so much. Oh my goodness, the days have been hot and steamy! Maryland humidity is on full blast and the rains have been few and far between. I’ve heard August is a tough month for growers, between the heat, bugs and WEEDS, it’s hard to stay up beat!
The upside for me are the beautiful, amazing blooms coming from the garden. Special treats include the brand new Dahlia bed. I purchased some tubers this spring from Anchored Roots in Southern Maryland and The Flower Hat in January. The tubers were stored in a box with wood shavings and in May, the box exploded with green shoots! Screaming at me to plant them RIGHT NOW!
Getting them in the ground and using string and posts for coraling, I side stepped the labeling part and have no idea of the names! Not a big deal, loving the surprises of color, texture and size. Dahlias bloom till frost, grateful for the new found flower love!
The variety includes round ball types, large delicate ones and some funky, tropical colors that I love!
Celosia love the HEAT! The neat crested variety “chief mix” resembles brains, “ruby parfait” with delightful purplish plumes and “pampas” with large, vibrant feathers!
August also means transitioning the flower beds from summer flowers to fall flowers. We’ve added Broom Corn, Strawflower and more Sunflowers!
The sultry days of August are a challenge, but with all the beautiful buds, we’ll take it! Find Celadon Hill flowers at the Rousedale Farm Market Friday through Sunday from 10am-6pm. We also take wholesale pick up orders, contact us here.
Thank you for following along, here’s a favorite quote for August from Natalie Babbitt’s children’s novel, “Tuck Everlasting”,
“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot.”