Archive for July, 2011

Bursts of Color

The months of June and July continued to bring bursts of color to my garden. In some cases, these bursts of color were more subdued, in others quite showy and earned praise from a neighbor.

First we start in the backyard. It’s a good thing that I have a tendency to look down while walking because if I didn’t I would have totally missed this little Pincushion Flower. A volunteer, I surmise, since it was all by itself.

Now that the local raccoon has stopped digging in my flowerpot, my impatiens are doing well.

In my side garden we come upon one of the few Asiatic Lilies that the deer (or woodchuck) didn’t eat.

On the other side of the same garden we find some delicate pink Astilbe.

Here are some unknown purple flowers. When I took this picture, the lily had already overbloomed as you can see in the background.

Here is a closer look at the purple blossoms.

This picture was taken more recently in the same garden. The purple flowers are waning and the Black Eyed Susans are showing their beauty. The Astilbe in the lower left has long since turned brown.

Wherever there are beautiful flowers, there are also weeds. Here’s a weed with beautiful purple and yellow flowers. I don’t know what it’s called, but clearly this is one of the weeds that will give me trouble year after year. It likes to grow under trees and among the ivy and is difficult to pull out by the roots. What I couldn’t pull out, I cut back, but when I did the scent this plant gave off was horrible!

Moving to the garden on the other side of the driveway we come upon some more Asiatic Lilies.

Surrounding the Asiatic Lilies is Creeping Bellflower, a plant that’s considered an invasive species. I’ll have to keep my eye on it yearly to make sure it doesn’t grow beyond its current boundaries.

At the front of our house the Clematis and Shasta Daisies are blooming.

In the background, behind the colorful dog lawn ornament you’ll see a Butterfly Bush, only this Butterfly Bush looks more like a tree. I don’t know enough about Butterfly Bushes to know if there’s some way I could cut it back to get it to be more bushy or not, so I’ll stick to just minimal cutting for now. Here’s a picture of some blossoms. It does have a nice fragrance.

Nearby, in a later picture, we have more Black Eyed Susans and some Tall Phlox. The heat of July is taking its toll.

Here’s some Coreopsis Grandiflora hidden behind a bush in the same garden.

Dotted here and there throughout the gardens are daylilies.

Some pale pink ones:

Some pale yellow ones:

Some bright yellow ones:

And some striped ones:

Moving on here’s some Variegated Obedient Plant. And, I can attest to its obedience. One of these plants was actually growing horizontally across the sidewalk. I picked it up and propped it up against one of the other plants. Now it grows tall and straight!

My porch petunias are doing well this year.

Some of my roses are still blooming.

Another of those volunteers, Lupine, with Sedium in the background:

Here’s some Bergamot. Yes, it does smell like tea!

A neighbor stopped by one day while I was outside in the yard and asked me what those red flowers were. At the time I didn’t know. She was planning a garden for her yard and wanted some red flowers and admired mine. I told her that she could come by anytime and take some. She took a picture instead.

A Thank You to my husband’s Aunt Martha for the early birthday present: the book Perennials for Michigan by Nancy Szerlag and Alison Beck ©2002 by Lone Pine Publishing International.

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