Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blooms and Foliage

I am going to do a post for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow Up by doing a side yard update.  Things have grown since the last post in June.  Some plants are finished blooming, and others have taken over to provide color.

I think it was the clump of Outhouse flower, Rudbeckia laciniata 'Hortensia' that I dug a clump of to plant near the house here.  It is not as tall as the others, but should get taller next year.

The clump of comfrey in front of the meter needs to be cut back after the first blooms because it flops over.  As usual, it grew back quickly and is on its second flush of blooms.  The foliage is very good for the compost pile.  Some put it in a bucket of water for a few weeks and use the liquid for fertilizer, but I'm afraid I'd forget about it or spill it.

I think this Liatris is a volunteer of some kind, maybe 'Kobold'.  The foliage of the Amsonia tabernaemontana looks pretty good all season, but I trim it back a time or two to keep it bushy.  Oh, and the foliage of the Baptisia on the left is looking good, and does not seem to have the caterpillars like the one down the way does.

I'm pretty sure this is Salvia nemerosa Plumosa.  I don't know why it flops so, and doesn't stand up straight.  I guess the flowers are too heavy for the stems.  Do you grow these?  Do they do this for you?

The Short tooth mountain mint normally has a number of bees and wasps on it.  I'm thinking that Black eyed Susan got planted by the birds.

I normally trim back the Rudbeckia 'herbstonne' and Helenium, I hope, autumnale, so they will be fuller and less floppy, but didn't get that done this year.  I loosened the string that I wrapped around the Rudbeckia today, but it still looks awkward.   The blooms on the lower right are Black-eyed Susans, which self sow prolifically. 

The Blue mist spirea blooms are welcome this time of year, when a lot of blooms are finished for the season, or soon will be.

That's the Black-eyed Susan on the left, and I don't remember what kind of Goldenrod this is, but I'm not ready for the Goldenrods to be blooming.  It seems like they should wait until closer to September.  Oh, well, I guess they have their own timing.

Here's another volunteer clump of Black-eyed Susans.

This is a volunteer growing into the Amsonia hubrichtii, which is noted for its lovely foliage all season, but especially in the fall.  I'm not sure if they are Gray-head coneflowers, or something else. 

This is the Rudbeckia 'Goldquelle' that I knocked on the door of a woman I didn't know a couple years ago to ask for a start of.  I told her to stop over and see what I may have that she'd like a start of, but she didn't.  Next year, I plant to cut it back before it's time for it to bloom so it will have stronger stems.

I forgot what kind of coreopsis this is.

I don't remember which blogger recently asked me if this clump of False sunflower is one of the original plants or not.  In looking around for the names of other plants, I found a post where I mentioned I had dug this clump as a seedling out of the vegetable garden.

Do you deadhead your native plants?  I am trying to figure out which ones will bloom again if I do.  I think the faded blooms of the False sunflowers are too ratty looking, and am glad they do bloom again when I cut the old ones off.  (This one is still looking good.)

The bees are enjoying the anise hyssop.

The bees are still feeding on the Globe thistles, but they are about finished, and I cut most of them off today, because I needed to get into the poor Baptisia to cut the stems back because they were full of Genesta Broom Moth caterpillars. 

Here's the original Outhouse Flower that a gardening friend of mine gave me a few years ago.  I'm pretty sure she said this is from the clump that had been in her family awhile.   It looks a lot like the 'Goldquelle' but is a little different.  I cut these back today, so they aren't leaning as much as in this photo.

Now, here's some lovely foliage!  This Lead plant was a tiny slow growing thing when I first got it for free from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum at some kind of event they were participating in.  I love this thing, and have purchased a few others to plant in other spots.  I hope to remember to take some leaves off to dry and use for tea this winter.

I deadheaded this Goldenrod today.  I want to see if it will bloom again.

Most of the Coneflowers are finished blooming.  I moved these when the plants were small, so they bloomed a little later than the others.  I did have to pull a bunch today, though, because I saw that they had aster yellows.  I hope the rest are safe.

I wanted to show the foliage of the Buttonbush I planted a few weeks ago.  It was in a small pot.  I hope it's OK.  I read that the leaves turn yellow in the fall and fall off.  These seem to be turning reddish, and it's not fall yet.  I forgot what the purple blooms are, some kind of Salvia, I think.  Oh, and I see some parsley foliage.  I planted a couple in this area to see if the swallowtails would find them to lay eggs on.  I think they are used to the ones up by the house.  I've been seeing quite a few little caterpillars.

Love lies bleeding usually does well in the front yard, but this year, they aren't so much.  This one, near the garbage cans took awhile to grow, but is doing better than the others.

I don't remember what kind of mint this is, but the flowers sure look pretty to me.

In case you didn't know what a genista broom moth caterpillar looks like, here's a photo.

I hope you have lots of blooms and foliage to enjoy, and that the rest of the season doesn't fly by too quickly. 


  1. You sure do have a lot of yellow, and I love it!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  2. Hi Sue,
    You must have started your "retirement' job this week. I hope all is going well.
    Your flowerbeds are inspiring! The Lead plant is so unusual. I love it. I'm happy to say your Caterpillar doesn't look familiar.
    My Milkweed and Butterfly weed are covered with orangy aphids. I sprayed them with soapy water and it didn't do a thing.....any advice?
    Thanks! Sally

    1. Sally,
      I have several kinds of milkweeds, and most of them have aphids on them. Some are loaded with them. I squirted at the swamp milkweeds with the jet setting on the nozzle the other day. I forgot to check to see if there are fewer now. I don't worry about them too much. I figure they are providing food to whatever eats them. Maybe we could take the top growth off, where there seems to be the most aphids. Please reply to this if you read it so I know you subscribed to the follow up comments. I hope to get some blog reading this evening. I have lots going on today.

  3. Thanks for the reply, Sue. I'll take a calmer approach to them! Haven't seen any Lady Bugs lately....I know they love aphids.

  4. Always love reading your garden blog and seeing the beautiful pictures.

  5. That Lead Plant is really fascinating! I noticed it at several state parks this summer. It's so unique--both the flowers and the foliage. I noticed the Goldenrods are starting to bloom around here, too. I love them because they're so bright and pretty...and they're great cut flowers!

  6. I just planted 6 kinds of Goldenrod this year, most have flower buds developing so I'm looking forward to seeing them bloom. The deer seem to have hit my Baptisia again, just when it is getting a little bigger, I'm wondering if I will ever get to see it bloom. The Amsonia tabernaemontana foliage looks really great, I just planted A. hubrictii this year and it is still small. Your blog has so much information on natives, it is inspirational.

  7. I've never heard Rudbeckia lacinata called 'Outhouse Flowers' before--not a very pleasant connotation for such a pretty flower:) But I understand--that's why I didn't like 'Jackmannii' clematis for a long time, because it reminded me of the plant growing by my grandma's outhouse when I was a girl (and no, they didn't have indoor plumbing then) :) I'm impressed how you remember all the varieties of natives you have, Sue. When they start re-seeding here, I start to lose track of what's what. As always, a beautiful collection of natives!

  8. What lovely yellows, Sue. I think your goldenrod made the right decision by joining the yellow parade early -- so cheerful!

  9. Looks like someone took a swath of tall prairie and transplanted it next to the house. Wouldn't it be nice if you had yellow shutters on your house?

  10. Isn't it funny how the flowers of late summer and early fall are mostly yellow and purple? Just like your garden! Have you ever tried a grow through hoop for those heavy flowers, like are often used for peonies?

  11. Hi Sue. Everything looks wonderful in your gardens. Yes, Salvia n. 'Plumbosa' did the same thing for me. Always. It finally didn't return after a wet winter. I love it though. Yes, definitely too early for Goldenrods... or it's just me. I'm not ready for fall. :)

  12. I'm definitely trying Flowering Spurge next year. I hope I don't have trouble getting it to take. I'd really like to try the Mexican Hat as well.

  13. Sue, thanks for visiting my corner of Katy! It's great to see another corner garden in full and glorious bloom! August is a very good month for you, which is totally alien to me, LOL. I wish I could get Liatris going here ... any kind ... they just don't want to grow for me!


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