Saturday, July 30, 2016

The End of July Flower Parade

I am still waiting for rain.  The other evening I went out and performed a flower rescue.  I dug up and moved ten coral bells and astilbes into areas with more shade and less sun.  I moved some sedums into their places.  I find it hard to believe we could have another month of this weather.

I remember well the drought of 1988.  It was my first election and standing at the polls for the primary was absolutely brutal.  So glad that part of my life is over.

Now, it is all about the garden, if and when I go outside.  So, without further yakking, here are some flowers that are actually loving this weather.

First are two hardy hibiscus.  I no longer remember what varieties they are but I have had them for a long time.  The flowers are almost six inches across.

Next up are the daylilies.  Even those that were transplanted last fall and early this year are loving their location away from the prowling deer.  Me too.

Bright Memories



                                                                       Spanish Beauty

Mighty Mogul

Wilson Spider

Lime Frost

     Sears Tower - it grows about 5 feet tall in my garden

And I guess I have to thank the mild winter gods for allowing these hydrangeas to bloom.  I've had these plants for years and have never seen flowers, but this year it happened.  Who says I have no patience?

This Rose of Sharon, which grew from a fallen seed, has been putting on a nice show this year.  When I planted the garden 40 some odd years ago, I had two double white flowering bushes, both now long gone.  But there were three little babies underneath when I dug them out and this is one of them.  Another was eaten by deer, but I will spare you the gory details.


I hope you enjoyed the pics as much as I enjoy growing the flowers.

Rudbeckia and Oriental Ruby daylily

18 comments:

  1. I love seeing all these flowers, Denise! Very impressive, and I know you want rain so badly.
    I'm not a gardener by any means! But we have the white hibiscus on the side of our house.

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    1. Thank you. I don't think I have ever seen the weather so dry. There is rain all around me, but not in my neighborhood. Maybe today.

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  2. Beautiful. No rain on this side of the street either. So that is what flowers look like when they have not been digested by every animal in West Bloomfield. I have found that the black eyed susans seem to survive everything and pretty soon that will be all I have.

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    1. The deer do not eat the black-eyed Susans. I've even considered planting them out front. They do not eat Shasta daisies either, which is what my neighbor has in his front yard. Now if I could just find somebody to trap that d--- rabbit.

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  3. We got rain today (hurray!) As soon as we get enough (it may be a while so please be patient) I will push it your way. Or try. I love your hibiscus and (of course) your lilies. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, I got about an inch of rain. But when I went out to move some sedums, the area where I was planting them was still dry. We need like a week of rain.

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  4. Love all the flowers. I was interested in the hydrangeas as I could never get them to bloom in NC. I didn't realise I needed patience. We also had Rose of Sharon - the white ones which I loved. We had purple too. They were given to us by friends who called them "volunteers" I would have said offshoots. We have had some rain but not enough by any means. Most of the grass in the park is looking pretty sorry for itself.

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    1. I guess my Rose of Sharon is a volunteer. Good news is that I just discovered my deer destroyed plant coming back from the roots we left in the ground. Those hydrangeas bloom on old wood and the winter always kills the buds. Wouldn't think it would be a problem in NC.

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    2. That was a problem for me, everyone in the area had the most wonderful hydrangea bushes but they would NOT grow for me. Glad you have more plants surviving the deer.

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    3. Well, I can't grow butterfly plant, which is basically a weed. Go figure.

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  5. Yes indeed enjoyed seeing your flowers! Your hard work is paying off in this visual treat :)

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  6. Your hard work is paying off...SO beautiful! That's why my flowers always die. I don't put nearly the work in that you do!

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    1. Thank you. But when I was working full-time, my garden did not look like this. It is only in retirement that I have the time to maintain it.

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  7. Wow, what gorgeous flowers! How long do your day lilies bloom? I have them too, but the blossoms don't last very long. Yours are much prettier, though.

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    1. Each daylily blossom is only open for one day - hence the name. But I have gobs of plants, some more than 40+ years old, so there is an abundance of flowers. I am always trying to give them away.

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  8. How did I miss these beautiful photos. I love the burst of red...beautiful flowers...all of them. My hubby ripped out my wonderful black eyed Susan because there were these grasses growing in between. I was so sad to hear that. I hope to buy more again...it really did sadden me.

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    1. I keep ripping them out and they keep coming back. He must have done a really good job.

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