Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Neighbor KIds Say I Have Lots of Flowers

I can't believe it's the middle of August already, and most of the daylilies and some of my other of my favorite flowers are finished blooming already.  There are plenty of other blooms to take their places, though.  As usual, I took way too many photos for Carol's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, and even though not all that's blooming is making it into the post, there are more than I had time to name.

The celosias in the front bed are putting on quite a show along with the cleomes and amaranths.  The brightly colored petunias are doing their best to be noticed, too.  I still haven't figured out what tall, sun and drought tolerant perennials to plant there next year.

I am seeing "flying flowers" every day now.  This is a swallowtail I haven't looked up yet.  I bought a couple parsley plants for the caterpillars, because they are almost out.

These are volunteer kiss me over the garden gate and love lies bleeding that I transplanted to the west side of the new front yard planting area.  I am pleased they are growing and blooming.  I'm not sure if the love lies bleeding crossed with celosias, but I like them.

This 'Black Knight' butterfly bush had already been planted on the edge of the yard right next to the sidewalk that is on the west side of the front yard.  It's not getting as tall as I thought it would.

The first aster bloom of the season:

Agastache, 'Golden Jubilee':


I saw a humming bird feeding from this agastache and black and blue salvia a week or so ago, and another one today.

The Mexican sunflower plant that survived has gotten about 5 feet tall.

The wild quinine has been blooming for weeks.  In fact, it started blooming when quite small, and I asked someone at the arboretum if I should be letting it bloom or not.  He said to let it do its thing, and it sure has!  Insects like it, too.  That's a purslane of some kind in the pot.

I've been cutting the gomphrena back to keep the other plants in the area from being grown over, and drying the blooms.  The white bloom in the middle is from a Culver's root plant.  I don't remember what kind of rudbeckia that is.  When these die, I'll go back to native ones if I can find them.  I won't need to plant as many annuals next year, either, because the perennials will need more room.

The lisianthus plants are still doing well, but I have needed to stake them.

I am glad I didn't cut back the whole Joe Pye weed, but let the middle go.  We've had some pretty strong storms, and these plants have looked like they were being flattened out, but they've bounced back when the storm was over.  I did decide to tie them to the fence after one, and was glad they didn't break on the string in the last storm.  That's the love lies bleeding between the Joe Pye and kiss me over the garden gates.  This is the area I took the seedlings from to put on the other side.

Cleome, coneflowers, some volunteer, agastache:

Volunteer hibiscus:

Helenium, I think, 'Mardi Gras':

Surprise lily:



One of the few daylilies still blooming:

Lots going on:

Helenium, 'Ruby Tuesday' that is hidden in the previous photo:

Monarch on butterfly bush:


Bush clematis that blooms all summer:


Goldenrod and salvia:

Rudbeckia of some kind, wild, and seeds freely:


Mountain mint:

Rudbeckia, 'Herbstonne':

The first helenium I bought, quite a few years ago:

Rudbecia laciniata, 'Goldquelle':

Rudbeckia laciniata, 'Hortensia':

Well, I tried to get these labeled, but I have run out of time for working on the post.  I'm guessing most folks just scroll down to look at the photos, anyway.  If you want to know what something is, go ahead and ask me in a comment.

I am behind on my blog reading.  I hope all is well with you and your gardens.  I hope to see as many GBBD posts as possible.


  1. And, that is why you are garden of the month. So nice to see so many flowers. Mine are fewer this year!

  2. Beautiful, all just beautiful! Every time I come here I see something I want to grow. I need to get some Joe-Pye Weed, I want some that grows really tall. Yours looks magnificent. And I love that red Helenium too. You work hard on your garden, and on your blog, and it really shows! Thanks for sharing your bloomers!

  3. Sue, I love your gardens. It's great to see the views that show the 'big picture' of some of them. So full of different colours and textures.

    Happy GBBD!

  4. I think the neighborhood kids are right! Lovely!!
    I've grown Helenium for the first time and it just opened this week. Your goldenrod is beautiful, mine refuses to bloom. I'm not sure if it does bloom the first year.......
    And your Joe Pye--gorgeous! I'm trying that for next year. Ooooo....stop showing us all these flowers that I'm going to have to try!!
    Just kidding--I love seeing them!

  5. Sue ~ I am in awe of your wonderful, colorful cottage garden. It is fabulous! Your love of gardening really shows.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  6. Sue your garden always make me smile. I like your free style and choice of plants.

  7. Gorgeous. I love the flowers and I love the bugs. I think the Mexican sunflower pic is my favourite.

  8. A fabulous display of blooms in your August garden! Happy GBBD :)

  9. From here that looks like a Palamedes Swallowtail, Sue. Lovely. Happy Bloom Day. You've come a long way in a short time since the tree went down.

  10. Wonderful blooms..I'll bet you never tire of wandering about your yard looking at things. .I don't think I would!

  11. The Mardi Gras helenium has such striking color. I also have Mountain first year growing it, and I really like it. Happy GBBD!

  12. Phew! I just wore out reading the post. Nice conundrum of color. Enjoyed you tour immensely.

  13. So glad I went to your blog tonight. I have been searching to identify Rudbecia laciniata, 'Goldquelle': from my own garden and haven't found it. I gave it to a friend who would actually like to know what she has. Thanks for doing our work for us!
    You have so many different things blooming. gorgeous!

  14. Sue, you have a lot going on. I was admiring how big your liatris is in the first photo..I just cut my bloom stalks out of mine last week.

  15. The kids are right! You do have a lot of flowers...and they all are gorgeous.

    Just imagine next year when the perennials fill in, but don't give up the annuals. I love them.

  16. We're all behind on our blog reading, I think. :) I love the title of your post. I have never grown the wild Quinine and it's got me quite intrigued. Love your Kiss-Mes and the Amaranth. They do kind of look like they've crossed, don't they? I'm seeing buds on my Kiss-Me now--finally! :)

  17. Gode billeder.
    Hvor har du dog mange smukke blomster selv på denne årstid.
    Tak for rundvisningen.


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