Monday, July 31, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - End of July

"The earth laughs in flowers."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The vase I'm using is a deep purple which doesn't translate well when it has water and flowers in it. It came from a neighbor who was moving and throwing it away.
Phlox is blooming away and attracting all kinds of pollinators.

The darker Phlox is the first kind I grew.

Salmon Phlox with a darker eye was from a friends garden many years ago.

The white always amazes me by how incredibly white it is.

I'm not sure where the pink-eyed one came from. It may have been a markdown rack rescue.

This sweet smelling little darling came the garden of an older woman who was tearing the garden out.

I can't capture the color of this Phlox. It's darker than this and stunning. The camera is new and I'm hoping I will be able to take better pictures with it over time.
Today, I'm grateful for yet another glorious day! Could the sky be any bluer, the sun any brighter or the air more perfume filled!
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wild Flower Wednesday - July 26, 2017

"May your life be like a wildflower growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day."
Native American Proverb
Mountain Mint has tiny delicate flowers. The upper leaves are whiter than the rest of the plant and look like flower petals.

Red Bee Balm is fading but, still eye catching.

One of the few Butterfly Weed plants that is blooming. I noticed that local nurseries are starting to carry them.

Joe Pye Weed is getting buds that are starting to change color.

This is the first Hummingbird Moth I've seen this year. It's enjoying the Liatris.

Susans are still going strong!

Gaillardia is another flower that blooms for long periods.

Prairie Smoke Geum is a new addition to my garden.

Hardy Geranium is weaving through other plants and showing up in unexpected places.

One of the White Echinachea that the woodchuck missed. I doubt he will have sinus problems this season! ;)

Artemesia Vulgaris or Mugwort is tenacious. I've tried evicting it but it keeps popping up. I think I'll let it stay.

White Achillea or Yarrow

Echinachea or Purple coneflower is another victim of the woodchuck. Some survived.

Bad Honeysuckle......Asian Honeysuckle that is very invasive. It has grown on our property since the house was built in the 20's and the Hummingbirds love it. It has an amazing scent.

Another new addition to the garden.....Gaillardia, Arizona Sun, I believe.

The tiny flowers of Catnip.

After two days of rain a really beautiful, sunny day with low temperatures. I spent several hours deadheading and planting. The garden is fading and my mind is occupied with what plants will bloom at this time in my zone 6b, Massachusetts gardens.

Today, I'm grateful for my yard that is big enough for me to garden in. Being surrounded by beauty is a must!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - July 24, 2017

The flowerbeds are peaking and there are so many wonderful blooms that it would be impossible to highlight one.
Oops, no vase but it 's the start of a beautiful arrangement.

Today I'm grateful for the beauty that surrounds me. The garden changes daily and is full of wonder and surprises.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

God must love the color green.

"Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy."
Terri Guillemets

There has been plenty of rain and sunshine. The perennials are very happy, lush and green. What a beautiful sight!
Echinops is amazing this year. It's huge and in need of division.....there are never too many Echinops in a garden.

Both Crazy Daisy plants are doing well. This one blooms later than the other because it doesn't get as much sun.

I'm so happy with the Balloon Flowers. They are bigger than ever and full of blooms.

Asian Lilies are starting to bloom and they are lovely.

Here's another one that's so beautiful.

Echinachea has a visitor.

I have no idea where I got this Phlox but, it's my favorite. 

Wild Mullein in the big garden. I was afraid they would be invasive but they are well-behaved.

Susan's bring a lot of brightness to my garden.

Liatris is opening. It adds height and great color.
I spent a lovely afternoon with my friend, Carolin. Mostly, we stayed in the house but, in spite of the heat, we had to take a stroll through the flowerbeds and a trip to Lowe's for the markdowns.  She got one Clematis and I bought two....we rescued them.....what kind of life were they going to have if we didn't?
Today, I'm grateful for retirement. It allows me the time to pursue the things I'm passionate about.
Happy Gardening, 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hot and Humid.....July has come in all her glory!

"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
Lady Bird Johnson

There are many more Daylilies coming. Here are the ones that are blooming now.
This little beauty is a first year bloomer that I got at the Daylily farm last August. It's about a foot tall. I love the color.

This is an old timer given to me by a fellow gardener the 2nd year I was gardening.

This is one that I bought at a garden club flower sale three years ago.

This is another one that was purchased at the garden club flower sale 3 years ago.It's a beautiful peach with green in the middle.....
I love the color of this pale yellow Daylily!

I love this! I love that it's fringed in the deep purple that is in the center. I don't know where I got this. It's fairly new so it has to be either the flower sale or nursery.

This is another old timer. It's tall and majestic. I love the color!

These Drumsticks are so beautiful! They pair beautifully with Butterfly Weed and Yarrow.

This is one of my favorite pictures looking SE at the big garden.

In spite of the wood chuck devouring the Echinachea as soon as it came up, its blooming. This particular plant  managed to be passed by. There are many more who are about a foot tall and are blooming.....Thank you, Mr. Woodchuck!

It seems early for the Phlox to bloom....This is the first plant to get flowers. The others are budding.

I love this little sweety! It's the 3rd or 4th mini bee balm I've tried to grow and the others all died. This one is under some larger plants and seems to be very happy.

Red Bee Balm is passing and the Susan's are darkening.

Crazy Daisy is happy where it is......

Echinops is bluer everyday.

There are fewer Campion blossoms everyday. They pair well with Helenium.

I love this pink Salvia. It's getting nice n big.

Kent Oregano is blushing. I love how unique it is.

Ox-eye Daisy is spreading nicely though out the garden.

White Obedient Plant is an early bloomer.

More Susan's. 

Gaillardia is still blooming along. It's a staple in the garden, blooming a long time and adding lovely color.

The only Hollyhock that bloomed this year.

What a crazy day of sunshine and thunder and rain. This morning, I was in the garden for a short time because that was all I could handle. 
How can 70% humidity be so stifling??  Right now, the air is so moisture laden, it's like a fog. How do people who live in high humidity stand it!?!
That being said, the garden is beautiful and lush. Every once in a while, I bend down and pull up a stray weed. They just can't find a way to squeeze in with so many perennials!
I hope you are all having a wonderful time in your gardens.
Today, Im grateful for my oldest grandson, Griffin. He had a birthday yesterday. He is kind and intelligent and talented and handsome. A real gift to us from God. We love you Griff!

Happy Gardening,