Thursday, July 11, 2013

In The Garden

It’s been hot and humid for the past little while, but hey, it’s July; we expect this type of weather this time of year. At least it’s been raining regularly, which is keeping the garden happily hydrated.


And although I would like to see a little more sunshine, as I’m sure some of my plants do, the garden is doing remarkably well as is. There is an explosion of colour in all the flower beds and our home is surrounded by magnificent blooms.

Come along for a stroll with me and I’ll show you some of what’s growing on around here...

Clematis 'Niobe'. Always so wonderfully reliable.

The most interesting columbine in my garden. This is Aquilegia Canadensis 'Little Lanterns'.

The stunning Lilium 'Navona'.

Viola sororia 'Freckles' is compact and adorable.

I love Agastache 'Blue Fortune'. And so do the butterflies and the bees and the hummingbirds...

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' starts off like this...

...and explodes into this.

The purple/blue flowers on the Salvia nemorosa 'Blue Queen' are stunning.

Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wild Berry' would like more sunshine, but it's blooming anyway.

The lovely blooms of Echinacea purpurea Cone-fections™ Milkshake.

I have an assortment of hydrangeas scattered around the garden.
I'm not sure which one this is, but it's gorgeous.

Lilium 'Royal Sunset' puts on a spectacular show every year.

I adore hollyhocks, but unfortunately so do the rabbits.
Alcea rosea 'Spotlight Mars Magic' is one of the few that those critters don't devour.

I caught a glimpse of one of the gnomes hidden deep within the plants.
He is one of the reasons the garden is so successful.

I hope you enjoyed the garden tour. There is so much more to share, but I’m sure you all have better things to do than stay here and view dozens and dozens of my garden photos. I’ll save some for another day.

So, tell me, what’s growing on in your part of the world?

28 comments:

  1. Our hollyhocks are out too! Plus we have some nice roses and geraniums.

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    1. I am so in love with hollyhocks. If only the rabbits would leave them alone!

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  2. Hi Martha! I enjoyed your lovely flowers. I don't have a garden because we're often gone during the summer. But the flowers in Breckenridge (gardens, planters, hanging baskets) were magnificent last weekend. I clicked on your blue color button. I'm blue too! Have a good day!

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    1. Another blue person! :)

      A garden requires maintenance, so I can certainly understand you not having one if you're gone often during the summer!

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  3. Simply beautiful!!! Ahhh...that's what I need! A gnome... I love hollyhocks! I must plant some next year.

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    1. Gnomes sleep all day but they work hard all night. At least mine do!

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  4. You must have some green thumb Martha -- these all look so healthy and colorful. The hollyhocks are doing very well here too.

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    1. I talk to them :)

      Actually, I enjoy it, which is one step toward successful gardening. Like anything else, the more passion you have for it, the harder you'll work to make it fantastic.

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  5. Your garden must be looking very pretty at the moment, you have so many lovely flowers.

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    1. It is looking beautiful right now. All the rain and cooler weather has truly made a difference. Some of the plants will start to decline soon as their flowering period ends, but it's been a fantastic run this year for all!

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  6. You take gorgeous photos and it's obvious you spend lots of time cultivating your garden. All I can grow is weeds.

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    1. Photography and gardening are two of the things I enjoy the most. And they work well together. I photograph the flowers that result from gardening. Win-win!

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  7. wow they are blooming beautifully. Amazing, amazing pictures..

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    1. Thanks, Ana. I am enjoying the garden very much this year.

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  8. wow, gorgeous photos! I wish my garden looked half as beautiful.

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  9. Okay I do not use this phrase very often but OMG!! I want to live in your garden!!! It is beautiful!! I have to show my sister these pics, she loves gardening and she spends a lot of time trying to get pictures like these!!

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    1. Thanks, Alice. That's very kind. I hope your sister likes my photos, and the flowers.

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  10. Love that hollyhock, Martha. What a colour! I have a newish agastache cultivar that I love, "Black Adder." Have you heard of it?

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    1. I had no clue how much I'd love hollyhocks until I started gardening again when we bought our home in 2009. They are spectacular! At the moment, the one in the photo is 7' tall and full of blooms. It is the most spectacular thing.

      I haven't heard of 'Black Adder', but I will keep a lookout for it. In addition to 'Blue Fortune', I also have 'Red Fortune' growing out back. I absolutely adore these plants and intend to add more as time goes on. So easy to grow, so reliable. And the little critters love them!

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  11. Sorry I have missed so many of your gorgeous posts. Your garden is lovely!

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    1. Thank you! Despite the heat, it's doing very well.

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