Monday, August 10, 2015
One Bloomin' Season - Colorific
Welcome to my garden. Walk with me among the flowers.
In the foreground above are the Black-eyed Susans which seem to know no bounds. They literally get pulled out by the roots and thrown away or else I would have nothing else growing. They also tend to crowd in on my purple cornflowers (left) which I am much more fond of. The red spires (right) are Lobelia cardinalis, of which I only have one small plant.
Now that the daylilies are finishing their blooms, the hardy hibiscus are beginning to star. These plants have large saucer blooms about 6-8" across.
This is Midnight Marvel
This Blaze climbing rose would normally be blooming all summer. But between the cold winter, the damn rabbits, the Japanese beetles and lord knows what else, it has been struggling.
And speaking of plants that love to take over, this year the physostegia, also known as obedient plant, has not been very obedient. I've had to dig out much of it and replant it elsewhere. Here it is in its original bed. The bees and hummingbirds love it.
The hydrangeas are now the stars of the front yard with this group of Limelight showing off.
In front of these is a 'Pinky Winky'. More pictures to come as they change color.
I'm guessing you thought I ran out of hostas, but have no fear, here are a few August bloomers:
H. 'Regal Splendour'
H. 'Halcyon', which was blue in the spring as seen below.
H. 'Sugar and Spice', a young plant which has a wonderful fragrance
And H. lancifolia, a very old plant which my mother gave me. I have lots of it. Or had. One plant was chewed to the ground by the rabbits (I'm calling the animal trapper guy tomorrow). Others have been feasted upon by slugs. And this plant has some good storm damage. It's a reliable grower that sends up tons of flowers during August.
So, until next week when I'll be showing my fragrant hosta collection, enjoy your week.