Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wildish Flowers

I get a bit confused on what flowers are wild.  I looked some of these up to be sure.  I love mixing annuals, perennials, herbs, wild, and some native plants in my flower beds.  I am linking these photos up with Jean's Bloomin' Tuesday, and Gail's once month Wildflower Wednesday.

I just looked it up, and found that this 'Gateway' Joe Pye weed is a cultivar, and is shorter and bushier than the wild flower.  I just planted it in the spring.  I'll have to watch to see if bees or butterflies like it.  (That's the 'Orange Perfection'  phlox to the right.)

There were Queen Anne's lace seedlings all over the front yard bed.  I dug out most of them.  I didn't think the ones I left would get big enough to bloom this year, but one is blooming at about a foot tall.

These are the coneflowers that were 'White Swan' about 12 years ago, but are now purple.  An agasache is next to them.

I normally deadhead the narrow leaved coneflowers, but experimented with keeping them for the birds to eat, and to see if they reseed themselves.

The rattlesnake master is still looking good near it's less wild neighbors, love lies bleeding and hibiscus.

The sea hollies are almost finished, but looking OK at this point.

I couldn't get a good photo of the skullcap, 'Mongolian Skies'.  It's just beginning to bloom, and is one of my favorites.

Most of the liatris are finished blooming.  The milkweed is not blooming yet, partly because I cut it back.

I don't know why I just discovered ironweed this season, but I'm glad I found 2 kinds.  I am tickled this one has buds on it.

This butterfly milkweed is full of blooms.  The one I showed awhile back with a caterpillar died, but not from the caterpillar eating it.

I love short toothed mountain mint.  It was looking to be a spreader, but by picking up the stems where they have fallen down, the spreading is prevented, (so far).

You may have to look close to see that there are 2 kinds of tall yellow flowers.

The taller, closer to the house, are rudbeckia, 'Herbstonne'.

The ones in front of them are gray headed coneflowers.

I like this shorter liatris. The black eyed Susans are at their prime.  The amsonia 'Hubrichtii' foliage is looking good.

The anise hyssop, both an herb and a wildflower, has been blooming a few days.  These are volunteers.  I had to pull some out so there wouldn't be too many.

The amsonia 'Tabernaemontana', that I cut back shortly after it bloomed, has grown and gotten leggy.  I'll probably trim it back again.  The false sunflower is tall like it was last year, and the baptisia has nice dark seedpods.  Some years I cut it back, but lately, haven't been.

I didn't get many globe thistles cut to dry because there have been so many bees on them.    The milkweed in front of the globe thistle is 'Hello Yellow'.  The goldenrod is one that I bought for my father-in-law around 18 years ago.  This division survived being moved from the side of the shed to protect it from the work that was to be done on the shed.  I cut it back early in the summer so it would be bushy and not bloom too soon.

I missed the prime bloom time for the lead plant.  Every year, I say I'm going to find out when to pick it to dry for tea.  I wonder if it's too late.

There area some wild petunias in the vegetable garden and in the back yard.

I don't know the name of this, but I'm thinking they are a rudbeckia of some kind.  I pull out a lot of seedlings some years, because I don't want it to take over.  This is the north side of the garage, so it's not full sun, but I think it prefers full sun.  That's white obedient plant between this and some sweet peas.

I deadheaded the butter and eggs after the first blooms, and they have a nice new set of flowers.

The rough goldenrod has buds.  I don't remember how long it held onto them last year before they opened.

I hope your week is going well.  I am not getting to garden as much the last week or so, because I am experiencing pain in my jaw that looks to be TMJD, from what I'm reading on the internet.  The pain seems to get worse when I am doing physical activities, like pulling weeds or hoeing.  My dentist referred me to a TMJ doctor to get a night splint for my jaw grinding, but I'm following some home care tips first to see if they help before making that appointment.  Even with insurance, it looks like it will be expensive.  Have any of you had jaw pain before?


  1. So beautiful! I am so amazed at how you can remember all the names. I started purple cone flowers by seed this year and I don't have any blooms yet but the plants have tripled in size and are looking great. Hopefully next summer they will be as beautiful as yours! xoxoxo

  2. It's looking great Sue. I love seeing the variety of plants in your garden, they are so different than the ones we grow down here (plus mine is a new garden, so I just don't have as much in it yet) Sorry to hear about your TMJ. I'm lucky that I don't have it, so I can't offer any advice.

  3. I love your mixture of wildflowers, herbs, and perennials. Looks great! I need to grow some coneflowers in our flower bed!

  4. really like all your flowers in your garden, they look so graceful and lovely.

  5. Hi Sue,

    It’s funny how looking at other’s gardens they always seem to have so much more in bloom than your own! :)

    I haven’t had much luck with the Coneflowers this year, I planted two which I’d previously grown in pots because the Slugs always get at them and even without being eaten neither seem to be doing much. One is about to bloom but its flower stems are much shorter than normal – it’s usually a tall Coneflower! I do have another tall variety which I think is Pallida which is blooming but that is still in a pot…
    I think they must just not like me, because I’ve never had much luck with them. I feel so rejected, because I really love them!

    Although I am no fan of yellow, your Rudbeckias and yellow coneflowers are seriously tempting me, and I do believe I will get some next year.

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  7. What a variety of flowers you have! You have many that I have never seen. I really like the color of the amsonia 'Hubrichtii' foliage and the Sea Holly.

    I did not know there were wild petunias. (had to delete the first post to add the word 'not')

    Queen Anne's lace I know well. I spent years digging it out of my main gardens. But it looks lovely on the empty lot next to me. I noticed some really tall ones this year, too. It spreads like crazy around here. One year I dried it, painted it silver and used it on my Christmas tree.

  8. Sue, I love all the wild flowers and am impressed that you recall all the names.

    I am sorry about the jaw pain; that is one thing I don't have! I am having wrist and arm troubles now. Good luck with some kind of resolution for the jaw thing.

  9. Fantastic Sue a wonderful prairie going on in your garden...I could spend days looking and appreciating all the fine flowers! Mr Linky is up if you want to link from my post~Glad you always join in in! gail

  10. You have so many interesting blooms! I love all the yellows, especially the gray coneflowers.Great post!

    I had trouble with jaw pain several years ago. We determined it was from me clenching my jaw. The doctor said I actually sprained it! I took care of it mentally actually. Just became more aware of when I was doing it and relaxed my jaw. It eventually became habit. I still do it when I'm stressed. I also take a muscle relaxer before bed for my fiblomyalgia and I think that helps since I also did it at night. Jean

  11. Some wonderful wildflowers in the garden. They all look great. Have a wonderful day.

  12. You have so much blooming - and I especially like the butter and eggs. I've not heard of it or seen it before.

  13. I love your title--and all of your "wildish" blooms. Our gardens are all moving toward late summer/early fall blooms! Now, if I can just survive August...

    I, too suffer with TMJ. I have had dentists recommend having my jaws broken and reset...not going to happen! I currently have a mouth piece I wear at night. It helps some, but I think the most relief I have gotten has been when I have gone to the chiropractor. I think it takes more than one form of treatment to really help. The dental appliance helps to keep you from grinding your teeth at night, but if you can figure out why you are suddenly experiencing this might be helpful. Massage may help with the muscles that tighten up around your jaws to relax them so they won't spasm. Please let me know how it goes, and I hope you get some relief soon!

  14. What a beautiful dispaly of blooms from your garden.

  15. Love all of these Rudbeckias blooming. They look great in your garden. I like the mountain mint as well. Do you use that in tea a lot?

    Good luck with your jaw. Enjoy those smoothies. :)

    Most of the pain in my head is migraine or root canal related. I have had a few problems with jaw pain but it usually heals on it's own.

  16. My mountain mint also spreads by underground runners - so be on the lookout for them.
    I have TMJ too - I wore an appliance a looooong time ago, which helped. I was supposed to keep wearing it but it needed to be adjusted ever so often. We had two little ones at the time, very little dental insurance and I couldn't really afford it. One doctor wanted to do break-the-jaw deal on me too but I said NO. I have had it for about 30 years but it doesn't bother me much, especially since I go for monthly adjustments at teh chiropracter. I wouldn't have thought have though having your neck out of alignment would make your jaw hurt but it does. Also don't chew gum - the more you chew, the more it hurts.

  17. Wonderful garden. Like me, you like to mix wild things with their more cultivated cousins. I have mountain mint, and it is frustrating, but it's in a part of the garden now where it doesn't get a lot of water so it doesn't spread so bad. The bumblebees love it. Glad I get to visit your garden at least virtually.~~Dee

  18. You've got so many lovelies Sue! All super good plants and I tell you many I'm not familiar with but sure do like from your blog.

    P.S. the translater is still trying to translate your blog for me.

  19. You certainly have a lovely variety of wildflowers, Sue. I have trouble, too, deciding what is exactly classified as a wildflower--some of the ones listed in a book I have, I would term weeds:) Then there are many, like the coneflowers, that have been hybridized so much that we don't think of them as wild anymore. Love your gray-headed coneflowers! I started some seed for some, but they didn't germinate. This is one plant I definitely want to add to my butterfly/native garden.

    My daughter had TMJ when she was younger; I don't know that there's an easy cure for it, but I do know it can be pretty painful. Take care of yourself.

  20. I love this post. Everything looks amazing. Good luck with your jaw

  21. Sue, I saw the nice thing you said about my blog name on meemsnyc's blog, and had to come over to say thank you. You have a beautiful garden/blog here. I'm so amazed at all the flowers you have growing and that you know the names of all of them! You captured so many pretty flowers that many people may just glance at and don't think twice about - it's great!

  22. Sue you have some beautiful wildflowers in your garden. Over the months as I have submitted to this meme I've discovered that many of the flowers that I grow are natives aswell. Not sure if amsonia is a native but it is so beautiful with that filigree foliage. I see too that you have some lovely purple vetch - we have loads of that here too.

    Never have I seen a wild petunia - that one in your garden is ever so pretty.

  23. You have so many pretty flowers, many that I don't grow so it's fun to see some new ones. I love both of your tall yellow flowers. I'm looking for some Rudbeckia for my backyard and I hope I can find some that get as tall as either of yours.
    Hope your jaw is feeling better soon.


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