Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SHOWOFFS!

These late blooming, long lasting favorites like to strut their stuff when the other flowers are fading away. These particular shots were taken in my cutting garden.  They are some of the last ones still blooming.  I love the bright yellow of the Black Eyed Susans paired with the purple Asters and the multi-colored Cosmos.  The wiry long stemmed purple flowers scattered here and there are Brazilian Vervain (Verbena bonariensis).  No one believes me when I tell them they are Verbena.  Never mind that they don't grow where I want them to but are profuse everywhere else.  Oh well.  I just let them pop up wherever they want.  They are light and airy and you can see other flowers through them.  They truly grow like weeds and some people don't care for their disrespectful wild ways.  They are definitely on my favorite list.

SURPRISE IN THE SKY!

A beautiful rainbow graced us with it's presence the other day and I felt compelled to share a couple of pics.  They are always such a delight and so unexpected.  A rainbow always makes me smile inside.

Monday, September 13, 2010

GARDEN QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration.  -  Lou Erickson


Saturday, September 4, 2010

HOLLYHOCKS

Summer is waning quickly as are most of the flowers in my beds.  However, the beautiful old fashioned hollyhock is hanging on to remind us of the beauty summer flowers provide.  This was not a banner year for my hollyhocks.  Typically, they are at least 8 ft. high and too many to count.  My guess is it was the wet June we had, as I found many of the rootstock had rotted in the ground.  Sad.  However, I know that as always they will prevail and return next year in all their stately glory.  I never actually plant Hollyhocks, they just show up.  I do transplant them usually with success.  Colors intermingle and change as the bees go about their busy business.  The pretty peachy/yellow and lilac colored ones are some of my favorite.  So... for now a final photo to look back on during the long days of winter as we gardeners pine and plan for spring.