Sunday, August 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day August 2010


Some of the Hummingbirds favorite flowers are in full bloom now,
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
and Red Birds in a Tree (Scrophularia macrantha)

They really do look like Red Birds!

Many types of Daylilies are blooming now,
none of which I know the names of.

This red daylily is part of a large group of unnamed types,
any suggestions for a name?

Beautiful blooms that were not munched by the deer

I have hundreds of these Bread Seed Poppies in various parts of the yard.

This Mallow just kind of showed up here last year.

The Blue Mist Spirea is just getting its flowers, soon it will be covered.

These are just some of the blooms in the high altitude gardens for August.  I don't normally participate in the Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts but this month the blooms are looking nice, so I gave it a shot. By the end of the month the Agastaches and Russian Sage will be in full bloom and will give me something to photograph for September.  Now that you've taken a look at these flowers, what's blooming in your gardens? 

For a look at other gardens around the country, visit Carol's garden blog and her May Dreams Gardens Bloom Day post.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sublime Lime Design


Shenandoah Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah')

Various Tender Succulents

Golden Oregano (Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' )

Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' )

Sedum Angelina (Sedum rupestre)

Yellow Ice Plant (Delosperma nubigerum)

Sedum Autumn Joy

Red Mountain Ice Plant (Delosperma dyeri 'Psdold')

Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum)

Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) unfurling

Want to lighten up an area in your gardens?  Choosing a lime or golden version of a plant brings an instant glow, drawing the eye to the planting.  Using lime colored plants with contrasting colors makes a great statement at any time of the season.

What do all of the above plants have in common in addition to their great color?  For the most part they are all pest free, waterwise, disease free, and low maintenance plant choices. Most of them are undesirable to rabbits or deer. They are all growing in my Zone 4/5 yard where they get little supplemental water, very little additional fertilizer, and are all very happy.  So, next time you're looking for a dose of "wow" in the garden, try some lime!
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