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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I can't blame the bee.......I was in his territory

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 We are heading toward the end of the summer and my flowerbeds are reflecting the season. There are plants I love so much I'd like to freeze time when they peak.
My energizer bunnies are Yarrow, Echinachea, Black-eyed Susan, Ox-eye Daisies, Coral Bells and Helenium and Gaillardia. I can't imagine being without them!
 They anchor my gardens.


White Echinachea

The Coleus is amazing! 

Plumbago

Mullen

Potato Vine

Scabiosa


Pink Echinachea with Red Hollyhocks

Balloon Flowers

Broad-leaf Plantain

Yesterday, while wandering the garden with camera in hand, I brushed my elbow against a bee and it stung me. I forgot how painful bee stings are! Recently, Julie, our #1 daughter had mentioned that broad-leaf plantain was good for bee stings so I applied it by crushing the leaf and applying it to my elbow. I am amazed at how well it took care of it! No swelling or pain. It's hard to tell where I got stung. Both broad-leaf and narrow-leaf plantain grow wild everywhere including our lawn....much to the Savers dismay! The above picture is from the internet. All of ours are mowed down.

There are two White Echinachea plants in the garden. The one in the pic is so happy. The other one is a mess. It's in a part of the garden that is extremely dry. The slugs or some other little devourers have eaten all the petals off of it. It's on the "to be transplanted" list.
I'm developing an appreciation for Plumbago. The picture doesn't do it justice. It's literally electric blue.....It may be a small flower on a groundcover but it begs to be noticed.
Scabiosa is having a second flush.....it really is showing off and is almost as full of blooms as the first time.

Today I am grateful for wise counsel!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak






Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Roses 'n' Pollinators 'n' Oh My Gosh, It's Hot!!

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” 
 Alphonse KarrA Tour Round My Garden

I have roses! Now, don't laugh....I have a rose on each of the two bushes that survived. It's a beginning and a nice surprise.

Roses are SO incredibly beautiful! 

Hopefully, next year they will be full of blossoms.
  
I'm not sure where I got this Black-eyed Susan. Many years ago, I had a garden full of them but don't recall planting any in the gardens I have now......That doesn't say much coming from me!! No memory! Haha 
 This Red Bee Balm looks like something in a Star Trek movie! It reminds me of Poinsettia.
This little bugger! What a job to get one decent shot of her. She's very cautious. 
Echinachea is beautiful and healthy this year.
This beauty spent a day and a half on the Echinachea. I hope she found the Milkweed! 
This pink-eyed Phlox is so beautiful. It's the prettiest one that's bloomed so far.

Can you see the little bee or hornet on the ridge of the Yarrow?

The Bees love the Echinops! They're all over it and if the neighborhood is quiet, I can hear them buzzing away.

More Pollinators. I counted 4 on one blossom but wasn't fast enough to get the pic.

I never would have purchased Helenium except the price was right. I'm glad I did.....it's very unusual in that the blossoms are all so unique and different from one another.

The Saver wanted me to stand on an 8' stepladder and take some shots looking down on the garden.....he held the ladder steady. This is one of the pics I took.

I love the way this pic came out.The centers of the Daylilies look like they're illuminated.

Summer is in full swing here.....it's in the low 70's F. at night and 90F during the day with lots of humidity. After watering the new plants this morning, I spent the rest of the day in the house. Thank God and technology for air conditioning!
On a happy note, the garden is at it's peak. Some of my favorite flowers are past but there are still so many that are blooming strong and looking spectacular.


Today I'm grateful that the Saver is as thrilled with my gardening as I am!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday July 16, 14

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence.  See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence.... We need silence to be able to touch souls. 
 Mother Teresa


Happy Gardening! 
Flower Freak

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 2014


I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
 George Washington Carver

Liatris coming to life


Mallow. It's moving around the garden!

This lovely huge Hosta is a 2nd year plant. I'm so glad it's in bloom.
The Phlox are opening!
Is this a Potentilla? I originally thought it was but it doesn't look like the one displayed in the gardening book. Anyway, it blooms in early spring and I'm surprised to see a second flush.

This looks so much like a Balloon Flower but the leaves are wrong and it's smaller.........

Good ole Yarrow.....it takes a lickin' n comes back tickin'!

Globe thistle in all it's glory!

Beauty Berry is blossoming. This was a gift from Fran and is in it's 3rd year in the garden.

Such an unassuming little flower.....a huge garden thug! Japanese/Chinese Lanterns. They are in a container now but started taking over the garden. I'm still fighting them.

This pic doesn't do this daylily justice! The color is amazing.
When I realized it was GBBD I ran around the garden looking for something I hadn't posted yet. That was hard to do! I've posted a lot lately. I hope you enjoy this stroll through my garden as much as I enjoy visiting yours! 
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Last Week in the Garden in Pictures


 Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
 Scott Adams

The garden is so stunning in July!

These Hollyhocks self-seeded in a lovely cluster. 


Here's the Butterfly Weed.....where are the butterflies???



I love this view.



Black-eyed Susans are so happy!

Garden Inspector Idgie.....checking out the Catmint.....

The Trumpet Vine has maybe a dozen blossoms......there will be a lot more next year.

Echinachea......Perfection!

Balloon Flower....this plant has been in the garden for years. It finally took off. I love the color!


I'm beginning to understand why it's called Blanket Flower. 

.Irish Eyes peeking out at the world.

The clouds were amazing on Saturday.

Helenium in all it's glory/

Some of Andy's wonderful tomatoes. The vines are full.
I heard this guy hammering away over my head and , although it took a while, I finally found him.

Silver Spotted Skipper.


This Begonia was a gift from my neighbor, Margie. It originally was her grandmothers and she's been rooting stems and passing them on for years.

Coleus and Potato Vine

Today I'm grateful for a day of rest. This has been a very enjoyable Sunday!
Happy Gardening, Flower Freak