Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decypher even fragments of their meaning.
LYDIA MARIA CHILD, Letters from New York
It's official! I am a major flower geek. You have no idea how excited I was to learn today is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!
My garden is pretty young. I started it 4 years ago and have added on to it the last two years so there are still lots of bare spots. It's been so much fun filling them in! Some of you have such amazing flowerbeds......I'm hoping that next year mine will be more lush and color-filled.
This July brought an unusual prolonged heat and humidity. Several bloomers that lasted into September last year are already fading. Echinachea is one. I consider it an garden energizer bunny but it's batteries are already low......
|The one lonely Solidago is starting to bloom.|
|This is a first year Cardinal Flower. Red flowers bring something special to the garden. I'm looking for more of them.|
|First year Agastache. Last year, I purchased one as well and it didn't make it.|
|Native Day Lily. They are indestructible and so pretty.|
|The American Beauty Berry is getting it's berries. This will be the first year.|
|The Lobelia was a gift from Fran. It has multiplied and is a great addition to the garden.|
|Sad little Joe Pye Weed. It's a new beginner and I'm pleased that it's going to bloom.|
|Hydrangea is one of my favorites. Such beauty and wonderful aroma.|
|Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate grows wild here but was originally grown in Victorian gardens. The ones I've cultivated are fuller and more lush than their wild sisters......(yes, they're female!)|
|The Bleeding Heart is still blooming!|
|Lovely Phlox. The others are fading but this one is going strong.|
|Japanese Lanterns are a favorite. They bring great color when so many others are fading.|
|Mallow, another gift from Fran. She was unable to get it to bloom because she has so much shade. It's self-seeding and doing great!|
|One of the better looking Echinachea. Not only are they fading but their petals are being devoured by something. Does anyone have any advice on how to prevent that from happening without using poison?|