August Blooms


black-eyed Susans
     I started this blog post two weeks ago, and so many family obligations interrupted me.  It is almost September and time for fall blooming flowers.  These black-eyed Susans are in my side yard garden which has several perennials and annuals in bloom.  Here are photos of several more flowers blooming in the side garden.

The cone flowers are starting to fade now. I put some fencing around them with netting over the top while they were growing because the deer took a liking to them.  But once they flowered the deer seemed to leave them alone

The zinnias are finally full of blooms.  I really don't like the varieties I planted this year.  They are not strong bloomers and the colors aren't as varied.

For the first time in years I planted dwarf sunflowers.  They did not do well.  Only a few grew, and even though I fenced and netted them for a while, the deer finally got to them.

This is the first time I planted strawberry lemonade zinnias.  They did not turn out as colorful as I thought they would.

This is one of my latest blooming hostas in a dark corner of the back yard.

This miniature rose bush my husband gave me on Valentines Day continues to grow and bloom, and I have not done a thing to it.  It seems very hardy.

These petunias  in the back yard garden are just starting to fade and die back a little.

     So many seeds I planted did not seem to do well this year.  I don't know whether it was the cool spells we had in May and June, or the seeds themselves.  For the first time this year I planted gomphrena from seed, and not one of them came up. Seems I've had a lot of gardening disappointments this summer.  But I am looking forward to all the fall perennials that will be blooming soon.

Midsummer Blooms

Shasta daisies

     So much blooming is taking place in the garden.  I took most of these photos before we went on vacation ten days ago.  Some of the blooms are fading now.  The photo to the right shows the daisies that line the front of what I call the electric garden that hide the electric box in the yard.

     Here's what else was in bloom ten days ago.

The milkweed surrounding the electric garden is full of bees.

I noticed that the balloon flowers in the side yard garden had finished their blooming when we returned . 

The glossy abelia bush in the side garden is growing and blooming nicely.

The butterfly bush has shot up dramatically from last year even after pruning.

The wonderful scent of the asiatic lilies perfumed the backyard garden.  Now there are only about three lilies left.

The hosta plants in the backyard garden were in full bloom when we left and are now about done. 

The miniature rosebush in the backyard garden is putting out more blooms.

     There is more blooming in the backyard and side gardens.  But that will have to wait for the next post.

Time Flies!

Brunnera and grape hyacinths in the backyard garden.

     Where did spring go with its grape hyacinths, brunnera, and flowering dogwood trees?  It has been so busy in our household for the past six weeks, that I haven't had time to blog, much less appreciate what was happening in the garden.

     The flowers on so many plants and bushes have come and gone.  I would notice and quickly photograph each blooming, and then all would promptly be forgotten in the swirl of activity in the household. 

The Japanese iris blooms swiftly came and went.

As did the blossoms on the sweet woodruff.

And on the rhododendron bush.

          The following photos show what is blooming now in the yard.

Pink astilbe

Midnight salvia



Oriental fountain grass Karley Rose

          I've had some deer damage in the side yard garden on plants the deer did not touch last year and on seedlings that I planted a few weeks ago that had just pushed through the soil.  There are several other plants that are just about ready to bloom that will be in my next post. We had an unusually cool first week of June here, with one day not getting above 58 degrees.  We were tempted to turn the heat on one night when it was in the high 40's.  And this past week has been 90 or above almost every day.  It's fine with me if it stays hot from now on after the bitter and prolonged winter we had.

Flirting With Freezing

Kwanzan or the rarer Hizakura cherry?

     I postponed planting flower seeds and plants in the yard last week after looking at the weather report.  We were down in the 30's at night last week with a frost warning one night.  The beautiful Yoshino cherry trees in the front yard only lasted a week.  But now the later blooming  kwanzan is loaded with flowers.  The flowers on this tree look like flowers on the rarer Hizakura cherry in a photo from a book I got from the National Aboretum. Whatever it is, it is beautiful.  Here are some photos of what is happening in the yard.

The tulips finally showed up!

The hosta plants seem to be getting high quickly.

The two dogwood trees finally bloomed.

This is a miniature rose bush my husband gave me on Valentine's Day.  After staying on my kitchen table for six weeks, I put it out in the back yard garden at the end of March.  It just produced a bloom.

The Asiatic lilies are pushing through the soil.

The azaleas finally opened a few days ago three weeks late.

     The leaves on the trees are slowly coming out.  Most of the leaves are small, and some trees still don't have any leaves in our neighborhood.  This week I am planting flower seeds in the back and side yard gardens, and I am going to put plants in my deck pots. It is going to be May 1 on Friday, and  I am tired of waiting. 

Hooray! Blooming Is In Full Swing

Cherry trees lining my street

     What a difference a few warm days make.  So many plants suddenly appeared this past weekend.  The cherry trees finally bloomed this past Sunday.  This is a photo of the trees lining my street.  My house is out of view on the right.  Here is what is happening in the yard.

The side yard garden daffodils are in full bloom awaiting the appearance of the perennials there.

The back yard garden daffodils and hyacinths bloomed.  The tips of the perennials are just peeking through the soil.

The perennials on the other side of the back garden are filling in faster.

Here's a close up of one of the brunnera plants whose tiny blue flowers appeared three days ago.

The astilbe seemed to push through and leaf out quickly in the back garden.

All the hosta plants have started comng through the soil.

Finally, the grape hyacinths showed up two days ago.

     The buds on the pink and the white dogwood trees in the back yard look like they will open in the next day or so.  Still waiting on the azalea bushes and the tulips.  Although it is possible, it's rare to have a frost here after April 20.  I can't wait to buy annuals next week and start setting them out, and planting my zinnia, gomphrena and sunflower seeds.

The Calendar Says It's Spring


     Although the calendar says it is spring, botanically I am still waiting for it to happen in my yard.  After such a cold March, we finally have had a few warm days, and a lot of plants should pop into bloom in a few days.  But the only thing blooming in the yard is a yellow primrose plant and a few hellebores.

dogwood tree

     There is nary a flower on the azalea bushes, the dogwood buds are in wait mode as are all the cherry trees.  Here are some photos of a few things that have emerged in my backyard garden.



brunnera plants

But overall the backyard garden looks pretty bare.


     Everything is two to three weeks behind this spring.  I did see some forsythia in bloom just yesterday in the neighborhood.  So while I am waiting, I bought some hyacinths at the grocery to tide me over till blooming starts.

The Snow Is Gone

The snow we had the first week of March.

The snow took its time retreating because of the bitterly cold temps.  Eight degrees one morning on our thermometer!  So I went out and bought myself some tulips at the grocery store.

Now after four days at or near 60 degrees, the snow is gone, and the crocus seemed to instantly appear.

The tulips whose tips had just emerged at the end of January have stared growing with the warm temperatures.

My exploration of the backyard garden sans snow revealed the first green leaves of the primrose.

In the backyard garden I also found the first hellebore blossom.

After all the snow and ice storms, the nandina bush has lost a lot of leaves and is looking kind of shabby.

Poking around the front garden I found a hyacinth emerging just in time for the first day of spring this coming Friday.