Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day -December 2015

Does this look like an Ohio winter scene? This picture was taken in the front yard today December 15!  Where is the winter? Mother nature is making us wait this year! We are enjoying every minute of this mild December!
Oak leaf hydrangea

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Garden Blogger Bloom's Day -October 2015

As we are cutting the garden down and pulling all the annuals I am determined to share with you the last blooms, berries, beautiful grasses and foliage of our garden. All pictures were taken on and around October 15 and my post is late..but better late than not at all.
favorite Dahlia saved and stored for two seasons..no name as it came in a mixed package

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day -August 2015

Welcome to a parade of blooms in our mid-August garden.
We live in  Northeast Ohio, USDA hardiness zone 5b.  It has been a hot and dry month and it doesn't appear that much rain is in the future forecast.  The garden has many blooms still but looks more tired that in the previous months. It is the beginning of the end. There is a competition going on between the perennials, the annuals  and the produce in the veggie garden. Let me know who do you think it won by the end of the post.
There are a lot of red blooms in the garden right now. 
Hardy Hibiscus "Fireball", Lobelia cardinalis and Echinacea purpurea

Lobelia gerardii "Vedrariensis" in purple not as tall but complimentary to the red Lobelia cardinals

If you are currently growing the red lobelia cardinals you know what a big attraction it is to the hummingbirds.  If you don't grow this plant now you have a great reason for adding it to your back yard.  These plants have been blooming since July and the hummingbirds live in our garden as well.

Another bed that looks more lively now that in July is the Rose bed. All four varieties of roses that I grow here in part shade have decided to give us their second bloom

Knock out rose "RADraz"

Carpet rose

All Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) re-bloomed after cutting off all the spent  July flowers
Saponaria officinalis

Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii "Hot lips")


Ligularia dentata "Desdemona"
I also grow Ligularia dentata "Britt-Marie Crawford" but the plants look so sad from all the lack of rain and the flower is not as showy as the one of "Desdemona"


The North front bed continues to have some color and continues to attract the pollinators.

Agastache "Blue Fortune"

If you don't know the name of this one it means that you are not a gardener for the temperate area!
Black Eye Susan

Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium purpureum 'Little Joe'

Rose of Sharon (Hardy Hybiscus)

Circle onion (Allium senescens "Glaucum")

The fragrant  and delicate bloom of Guaccamole Hosta

Guaccamole Hosta

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)


Spider flower (Cleome)








Green onions, Swiss chard, Kale, mint


There are missing captions under pictures because I am rushing to go camping with the kids!
Camping where?
Not far!

So this was another Garden Blogger's Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  Check-out Carol's post you will find links to many many other gardener's lovely gardens. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Garden Blogger 's Bloom Day -July 2015

It is that time of the month when fellow gardener bloggers from many parts of the globe are sharing with their readers what blooms in their gardens. 

Here are some favorite pictures with some of the blooms in my US 5b hardiness zone garden.

I will start with the OrienPet lilies that are delightful and fragrant.  I plopped a couple of this tall lilies in the middle of my so called "Invasives" bed.  It is one of the three flower beds that contains full sun loving plants but because of its large size I decided to fill in with fast spreading perennials who are now battling for space.  The tall lilies are just the icing on the cake.

"Garden Pleasure" OrientPet Lily surrounded by Monarda or Bee Balm and Gooseneck Loosetrife

Here is a side view of this large bed.  The white flower is the well known and very invasive Gooseneck loosetrife.

A couple recent additions to this bed are two varieties of phlox.  One is Purple kiss phlox in the picture below.  The second variety may possibly bloom in August.

In the back gardens,  there is something in bloom in every border.

The path borders have coneflowers and baloon flowers on the sunny side

coreopsis, ligularia "The Rocket " on the shady side

Astilbe possibly "Vissions in Red"

The sunroom bed is looking "hot" with Crocosmia Lucifer in bloom surrounded by pink coneflowers and daisies

The saponaria officinalis escapes to be pulled out of this bed for one more year.  Every year I say it has to go because it is floppy and I refuse to stake it..then I leave it to do its thing. The plant in the pot is a new plectranthus that I am trying this year (annual)

From the Asteracea family, we enjoy the long blooms of Echinacea, Daisies and Heliopsis

In the miscellaneous category we have some pretty and familiar perennial blooms:
Queen of the prairie, Achillea "Saucy Reduction", Phlox paniculata "Barsixtytwo" and Clematis "Comtesse de Bouchaud"

But where are the day lilies you say? No hemerocallis in this garden?
Here is a picture of the main daylily bed. Another dozen more are spread around the rest of the gardens.

 Also last year I put together a nice collage of all the day lilies that I grow

Or if you think that was too well organized, here is the messy version of this year.

So this was another Garden Blogger's Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. If you check-out Carol's post you will find links to many many other gardener's lovely gardens. Go check it out!