Category Archives: flowers

Everything’s Coming Up Flowers

Annabell Hydrangea ~ Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’

 Summer’s in full swing now and so is the garden…
So here’s a few more blooms for you to enjoy.
Happy Summer!

Marigolds (Tagetes sp.)

False Sunflower, Heliopsis

Spider Web Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideu) go here for post with this plant

Munstead Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Blanket Flower, Gaillardia ‘Arizona Sun’

Joe Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpureum ~ pre-bloom

Well Worth the Wait…

Finally, the tomatoes are starting to ripen!
Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom, Vintage Wine, Cuore De Toro, Martino’s Roma
Despite my garden’s late start- end of June-
all the extra nurturing and care 
(and the new dog proof fence) is finally starting to pay off!
Here’s today’s bounty. In a few days there will be more. 
These are heirloom and open pollinated. Very sweet and yummy~
though a little cracked here and there but that was due to the hot dry weather and
 my uneven watering.
And here’s the second crop of red raspberries.
heritage raspberries ~ everberring
And my August Lily Hosta is right on cue
and my Zinnias are in full bloom~ this is the first time I’ve planted Zinnias from plants from the Garden Center and not seed. Not bad I think.
and finally, Daisy, waiting for me to drop some more grapes and raspberries.
No… I’m not begging….

Lazy Sunday

I’m going to be lazy today and just post some blooms and plants without too many comments. 
We finally got the rain we were waiting for
and it has cooled off a bit, 
so rather than sit here and do a lot of writing, 
I’m going to go out and enjoy the rest of the day….
Self sown Echinacea or Coneflower

Blackberry Lily finally bloomed

 More self sown coneflowers ( I’ve got these everywhere)

Diablo Ninebark ~ Physocarpus opulifolius ~ newer leaves on stem tips

older leaves

Gazania Daisy

Blanket Flower ~ Gaillardia

new buds on blanket flower

Portulaca grandiflora

Honeysuckle reblooming ~ Dropmore Scarlet

 Wormwood ~ Artemisia absinthum


Lambs ear doing well

second round on the Kmart rose
Wha’cha doing mom?

Torenia aka Wishbone Flower

 When I first met this little flower, I was introduced to it as the “wishbone” Flower.
Torenia fournieri ~ If you look closely, you will see a ‘wishbone’ just above the yellow. It’s also been dubbed ‘Clown Flower’. If you look at it for a bit, you’ll see a silly smiling face!
I wasn’t very impressed. They were featured in hanging baskets in the normal Peat mixture, which if you didn’t water it daily, dried out quickly resulting in burned and crispy plants.
I did my best to keep them watered and presentable but like me, most of the customers passed them by. 
Last year, I was looking for an annual to 
put in my deck rail basket that would tolerate shade most of the day.
I looked at my options but didn’t really want to do Impatiens again. 
I remembered that the Torenia liked shade and decided to give it a try. 
I put three little white flowered plants in the basket along with my special mix of potting soil and kept it well watered all summer. Once it got established, it grew like crazy.
Well, I was very happy with it. 
This year I bought eight plants of the purple and planted the basket right away.
It filled in quickly and the heat hasn’t fazed it one bit. 
It’s defiantly my new favorite!
Unopened flower buds
 and it blooms nonstop until frost.
 Here’s some features~
Light:Part Sun,Shade
Soil: Average to Moist
Plant Type:Annual
Plant Height:8 to 12 inches tall, depending on type
Plant Width:6-9 inches wide, depending on type
Landscape Uses:Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:Flowers,   ~ Deer Resistant! ~