Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bloom Day

Here it is, the middle of July, the peak of the season for blooms.  There are way too many to show for one post, and I almost decided not to do a Garden Blogger's Bloom Day post, but I have a few minutes, so I think I'll go for it.

I like the color of the Sideoats grama blooms next to the Wild quinine.

This Larkspur is behind the ones in the vegetable garden, which will be going dormant soon, but not before dropping seeds for next year's blooms.

The bees have been enjoying the Ironweeds, now that they've opened.

I am not seeing as many pollinators on the Wild senna this year, but hopefully, more will be showing up soon.

Culver's root is another one the bees and wasps love.

This is one of my favorite Daylilies.

Narrowleaf mountain mint, Purple coneflowers, and Black eyed Susans

I don't remember what kind of Liatris this is, but I sure am enjoying the different ones that are just starting to show their colors.

The black wasps are finally showing up.  Rattlesnake master is usually one of their favorites.

Love lies bleeding:

I am sad that a local nursery I have shopped at for years, B&B, is closing this year, due to health problems of one of the owners.  They are trying to sell the business and the property.  So far, no one who has wanted the property has been interested in keeping the business going.  I wish I would have gotten more of these 'Spooky' dianthus plants before they sold out.  They are tender perennials, and usually only live a few years.

False sunflower


Here is another of my favorite daylilies.

When I went to Carol's blog, May Dreams Gardens to get the link, I saw that I was going to be #75.  I hope to have time to check out many of the posts to see what is blooming in other parts of the country.  Our weather is going to be very nice for gardening the next few days, though, so I may wait until the highs are back in the 90s.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

From our Front Porch

I have been putting albums on Facebook showing photos taken from our front porch.  This time, I decided to put them in a blog post.  Oh, wait!  I just went to label this, and saw that I have done a post showing photos from the front porch.  I checked, and it was done earlier in the spring, I'm thinking, May.  There is a big difference in the view from then!

These photos were taken a day ago.  Today, I trimmed back the Joe Pye weed so there will be room to walk in the yard.

The zoom on my camera works pretty well.  I am please that the Rattlesnake master plants are blooming, but I am not seeing as many insects on them as in the past.  I hope more show up soon.

This Kiss me over the garden gate was given to me by a friend.  It's an old fashioned reseeding annual.

Wild quinine, Purple meadow rue, I forgot what kind of Liatris, and Pale purple coneflower

The bees and hover flies have continued to visit the Foxgloves, even though they are almost finished blooming.

This clump of Purple prairie clover started blooming before the others, so while they are just in their prime, this clump is fading.

I am loving this view with the Liatris, various conefloweres, and Mexican hat blooms.

We will head west, to the other side of the sidewalk.

I forgot what kind of Allium this is.  I think the grass is Sideoats grama.

Today, I cut back some of the seedheads of the Golden alexanders so they don't flop as much.  The Cup plant is looking pretty good, even though some of the leaves have aphids on them.  I like having another Purple meadow rue on this side of the sidewalk.  I've mentioned this is the house my husband grew up in, and this light belonged to his parents.

I don't remember the name of this Clematis, but I always have to tie it up so it doesn't flop.  We should probably be painting the railings soon.

A friend gave me a couple starts of Illinois bundleflower last year, after I had mentioned planting seeds that did not come up.  It is one of my favorites.  These blooms will turn into awesome brown seedheads that I posted photos of last year.

There is a path in here, but it is not visible in this photo.

Wild quinine is a plant I like having in different spots.  The Ironweeds are beginning to bloom, but the pink blooms are Swamp milkweed.

Continuing to the west, the pink on the right is a different Swamp milkweed.  The coneflowers in the background are in the curb bed.

Here is a closer view of the Gray-headed coneflowers which have just opened, more Wild quinine, Swamp milkweed, and on the right is Wild senna.

I hope to see lots of bees and such on the Wild senna like I did the last couple of years.

Rudbeckia maxima

The Purple poppy mallows are blooming better than I've ever seen them to this year.  The yellow blooms are Lanceleaf  (I'm pretty sure) coreopsis.

This Wild senna, next to the Switchgrass cultivar I'm not thinking of the name of is not blooming quite yet.  I'm thinking the two didn't bloom at the exact same time last year, either.

I love Clematis pitcheri.

I didn't pay attention to the tag on this, and am thinking it is Tall poppy mallow.  I have enjoyed it iin this area, holding its own with other tall plants.

The Joe Pye weed on the west side of the bed is younger than the one on the east side.  I'm glad to see it is doing OK.  This one does not get as much water as the other one, either.

There are strawberries growing under the bench, and traveling around a bit.  My mother-in-law's Peonies and Lily of the valley, which I sometimes try to thin a bit are in the area behind the bench.

I zoomed in on the tubs that are on the sidewalk, these, behind a Beautyberry shrub.

Love lies bleeding is another one that self sows, and I have some on the east side of the house that did, but I got these already starting to bloom so there would be some good color for the garden tour that we participated in in June.

Well, here it is, July 3!  This will be the first 4th in many years that we will not be hosting a big family gathering for.  I am sad that we are not doing it, but we've had lots going on, including helping our daughter with her baby, Ruby, who will be 2 weeks old Sunday.    I hope you have a safe holiday!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lots of Blooms for June GBBD

I am participating in Carol's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, with less than 2 hours left in the day. 

Our yard was on our neighborhood's annual garden tour last week.  Larry manned the back yard, with his water garden the star.  I had great fun visiting with folks about native plants and where to get them. 

I forgot to ask Larry what this plant is.

People at the tour loved all of our tubs, watering cans, and other stuff, that borders on being a bit junky. 

In the front yard, the Purple meadow rue plants, towering over the other plants, were the ones most asked about.

Love lies bleeding:

I have been amazed at the changes a week brought.  Plants, such as Common milkweed grew, and new flowers opened their blooms that had been not ready at the tour. 

I'm not sure what the little insect on the Wild quinine is.

A lot of people liked the Golden alexanders, too.

I have several Purple poppy mallows around, and this sure seems to be a good season for them.  They are full of blooms, and sending out lots of stems.  It's too bad the stems don't send down roots so they can be divided and shared or moved around.

I sure am enjoying the Purple milkweeds this year. 

This clump of Echinacea paradoxa has been here a few years.  I sure like it.

I'm pretty sure this is Echinacea angustifolia. (I copied and pasted this name, and now, I can't get the normal font to work in this spot.)

Butterfly milkweed:

Lanceleaf coreopsis:

I can't remember the name of this coreopsis.  I sure am having issues!  I don't know why this is centered.

Purple prairie clover is one I have to put a cage around so the rabbits won't eat it.

I like how Fleabane helps to fill up spaces with blooms.

The Foxglove penstemons needed to be staked.  I am hoping more plants fill in so that they can support each other in the next few years.  It sure has been windy lately!

The plant in front is Salvia nemorosa Pumosa, and the one in back is Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'.

The Larkspurs, annuals that self sow in the vegetable garden sure are looking good right now!

There are Borage blooms already.  These self sow in the vegetable garden, too.

I don't know the names of most of the Clematis plants anymore.  This one is on the fence next to the vegetable garden.

The Bachelor buttons also come up each spring in the vegetable garden.  I like having all of those choices for the pollinators.

I decided to go back to the front yard to get a photo of the Clematis on the front porch that are bluer than they look in the photo.  People on the tour liked these, too.

I wanted to be sure to include one of the several 'Spooky' dianthus plants, because the nursery I've gotten them from over the years will be closing after this season.  I've done a post on B&B Gardens before.  It's owned and operated by a couple and their daughter.  I hope someone buys the property who will continue the operation, but it doesn't sound like that is going to happen.  I wish them the best as they figure out what their next steps will be.

We are in the process of helping our daughter move.  She is due June 21st with a girl, so I may be blogging even less than I have been for awhile, but I hope to see some other bloom day posts.  I hope you are having a good garden season.