There's still plenty of color in the garden, and we've had mild, sunny days, except for some rain and gray skies this past weekend. It's raining again tonight, but that's OK. We've had a couple of weeks of dry weather, so the ground actually needs the moisture.
The Lily Garden is full of blooming annuals, most of which I started inside in early spring. Hannah was my "assistant" on this day. Notice how the vines and that one tree in the hedgerow across the road have already turned their dark shade of red. They always change color early.
Cleome and Nicotiana (Tobacco Flower) are just two of the many. I intend to show more detail in my next post, but in the interests of actually finishing this post before midnight, I'm leaving out about half the photos I (painstakingly) chose for this Bloom Day :)
Gloriosa Daisies (Black-eyed Susans/Rudbeckia hirta) are still going strong here and there, and in the background the Phlox Garden still has color. Tink was also helping out with the picture taking. She's the little white spot to the left of the Hydrangea Limelight. If you click to enlarge you'll see the cows grazing in the pasture.
Limelight's white blooms are now tinged with pink. I planted this shrub in 2007 and am impressed with the growth and abundance of blooms this summer. In the pasture wild asters, goldenrod and Joe Pye Weed are making a colorful show.
The Sedum here is a passalong from our son and DIL. I need to ask them to remind me of its name. That's Salvia farinacea on the right, and the little white daisy behind is Feverfew.
Red and pink Phlox have bloomed for many weeks in the Driveway Garden. The patch of yellow at the top right is snapdragons in the New Rock Garden.
I decided to plant the 2 Knockout Roses in the middle of this garden, next to the red Phlox because their color is so similar, and I wanted them to have full sun.
It's practically impossible for me to dig up flowers that are blooming, which is why this job had to wait until now. A large clump of Lemon Lilies (early daylilies) had to be dug up and thinned. They bloomed in June, but there were other bloomers to wait for after that - Monarda, Yarrow and Gloriosas .
That gap should fill up nicely next summer.
Those blooms are really wowing me!
It looks quite pink to me.
Several other flowers are making a lovely show in this garden...Marigolds, Ageratum, orange Cosmos, Zinnias, Marguerites and more.
This lovely yellow Marguerite (Argyranthemum) has surprised me by producing flowers all summer. They usually peter out in the middle of summer and begin blooming again in the fall.
Overwintered Ivy Geraniums on the porch are looking pretty, but are in need of pruning.
Tuberous Begonias add their glorious blossoms to the show of several other containers and baskets still blooming here on the porch.
The white Rose of Sharon blooms in the Lilac Garden.
Bees love them! This little fellow had his saddlebags loaded with pollen.
A few white J. Anemones are blooming too.
There's also a nice clump of Mallow here.
The white Alyssum badly needs a second thinning in the Pink Garden. This stuff spreads like crazy, but it's so pretty that you've gotta love it! Other bloomers are pink snapdragons, blue dwarf Campanula, Gloriosas (they pop up everywhere!), and on the far end, Phlox and Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana/False Dragonhead).
Also tucked in there, the lovely Sea Pearl Rose....
....and the dainty Gaura.
Quite a few bloomers here, including Verbena Homestead Purple, Pink Morn Petunias, more Alyssum, Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum) with their lovely chartreuse leaves, lamium and a dark heuchera.
Queen Elizabeth Rose is blooming beautifully.
And to finish the show we have a little color over in the Top Driveway Garden....Phlox, Rudbeckia triloba (a smaller flowered, later blooming Black-eyed Susan), and Agastache foeniculum.
Sedum Neon is showing off her bright pink flower heads.
And the pink Aster is adding some bright color as well.
Happy Bloom Day everyone!