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Bloomin Tuesday

(From upper L-R across & down: Rosa 'Morning Magic', Rosa 'American Peace', Rosa 'Glowing Peace' and Clematis 'Niobe')

This week I have the last blooms of the Roses to share with you as well as the second flush of my Clematis ‘Niobe’.  It’s a rainy day in Hampton Roads and I ran out early this morning to snap a few pictures to share with you today for Bloomin’ Tuesday.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts this week or to join in on the fun please click on the link below:

Bloomin Tuesday

Dwarf Bearded Irises

October has brought cooler temps to my area along with a couple of bloomers that prefer this time of the year.  These yellow Dwarf Bearded Irises are rebloomers.  They bloom in the Spring and then give me a beautiful encore performance in the Fall.  Talk about more bang for your buck.

Toad Lily

The Toad Lily or Tricyrtis is a shade loving perennial that blooms in the fall once the temps have cooled off a bit.  I have another one called ‘Purple Beauty’ that is full of buds.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in this week please visit  our host Jean by clicking on the link below:

Bloomin’ Tuesday – Blooms and Berries

(From upper L-R across & down: Beautyberry, Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Viburnum 'Winterthur', 'Black-seeded Simpson' lettuce seedlings, Variegated Lirope, Violas and Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky')

September has brought some cooler morning & evening temperatures.  Along with that comes some of my favorite fall blooms & berries.   Violas, Sedums and Lirope bring color and add interest to the garden.  The purple berries on Beautyberry or Callicarpa americana make a striking combo against the lime green foliage of this native ornamental shrub.  Viburnum ‘Winterthur’ is another native shrub that produces berries that start out a off white color and fade to pink and eventually to a deep blue tone.  This has been a bountiful season for these two shrubs, both are loaded with berries for the birds.  My Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’ is in it’s 3rd season and full of blooms that are maturing to a dusty rose color.  And it wouldn’t be fall without some fall veggies like this great loose-leaf lettuce ‘Black-seeded Simpson’ which I planted with some of those pretty purple Violas.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in this week, please visit our gracious host Jean by clicking on the link below:

Roses for Bloomin Tuesday

(From upper L-R: Rosa 'Morning Magic', Rosa 'Peace', Unknown Yellow, Knockout Roses, unknown Peach)

 Well it’s that time of the week again when we show what’s blooming in our gardens.  It’s all about the roses this week in my garden.  Some of these haven’t done much since May but their working on another big flush of blooms just in time for the next season.  The ‘Peace’ Rose, Unknown Yellow & Peach were transplants from my Grandmother’s last garden.  It’s nice to have them and I will be cutting her a few for our next visit.  Knockouts have been blooming non-stop all summer long and look great combined with my ‘Robert Poore’ Phlox.   ‘Morning Magic’ is a climber that I have growing on an arch in my Arbor Garden.  It is from the breeder of Knockouts so it’s tough, disease resistant and a prolific bloomer.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts this week please visit our host  Jean @ Ms Greenthumb.

Bloomin Tuesday

Sedum 'Rosy Glow'

August blooms are tough plants, because it’s very hot and dry at this time of the year.  This weeks blooms are no exception to this like this Sedum which tolerates drought, heat and anything else you can throw at it.  It seems to thrive under these conditions.  ‘Rosy Glow’ is a beauty that stays pretty short and has pretty bluish gray foliage with bright reddish pink blooms  that will continue looking good right through until Fall.

Hydrangea paniculata 'White Swan'

Hydrangeas are normally considered tough plants during the summer, but the paniculatas are much tougher than the mophead & lacecaps.  ‘White Swan’ is working on it’s second season in my garden.  This past Fall I moved it to a shadier location since it was getting too much sun in the first spot I planted it.   It’s blooming so it must be happy.

Solidago 'Baby Gold'

The Solidagos otherwise known as Goldenrod are starting to bloom.  ‘Baby Gold’ is a dwarf variety that works well at the front of the border mixed with some Asters.  It’s a tough plant that stands up to the heat & drought too. 

Vernonia (Ironweed)

And you can never go wrong with native plants like this Vernonia or Ironweed as it is commonly called.  I planted this last fall and this is the first time it has bloomed.  It is combined with Lantana ‘Miss Huff’ in one of the driest parts of my garden and seems to be doing well.  To see other Bloomin Tuesday posts or to join in please visit our host Jean by clicking on the link below:

Bloomin Tuesday

(From upper L-R across & down: Rosa 'Glowing Peace', Salvia 'Black & Blue', Scabiosa 'Yellow Sun', Beauty Berry, Pineapple Lily, Miniature Roses, Aster 'Bluebird' and Lantana 'Miss Huff')

Lots of stuff blooming this week.  It’s been hot as heck out there and you can tell which plants love the heat and which ones could use a break from it.  The Roses aren’t very happy right now, other than this miniature pink one that’s in a container in a semi-shady bed.  However the Pineapple Lily, Salvia ‘Black & Blue’ and Lantana ‘Miss Huff’ are happy as can be and pushing out blooms like there’s no tomorrow.  I love ‘Miss Huff’ so much, wish I could find another Lantana that was hardy in my zone 7b garden.  She stands up to drought, heat, you name it.  This Scabiosa seems more creamy white than yellow to me, but that’s the name it was given.  I had a few other colors at one point but they have disappeared while ‘Yellow Sun” just keeps coming back year after year.  It’s even reseeded itself in a few spots, but doesn’t seem to be a thug about it.  The amount of blooms that my Beauty Berry shrub is producing this year is astounding and I can already tell I’m going to have tons of those gorgeous purple berries this fall as well.  :)  To see what’s blooming in other gardens this week or if you would like to join in, please visit our gracious host Jean by clicking on the icon link below:

Bloomin Tuesday

Peacock Orchid or Gladiolus acidanthera

A favorite summer flowering bulb of mine is the Peacock Orchid which is actually part of the Gladiolus family and not an orchid at all.  I noticed after I took this pic how the eye of this pretty flower compliments the deep burgundy foliage of my Ninebark ‘Coppertina’ (in the background).  That was a happy accident.  :)

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'

I’m pretty sure I posted a pic of this last week, but I couldn’t resist sharing another one of my favorite summer flowering shrub.  ‘Limelight’, which is aptly named by the way, blooms from late June through early fall when the blossoms fade to a dusty mauve and then brown.  Even the faded blooms make a statement in the garden come winter.

Agastache 'Apricot Sprite'

This dwarf Agastache was a new addition this spring.  I ordered it through Brent and Beckys Bulbs and so far it is doing well.  I’ve had very little success with Agastaches in the past so hopefully this one is a keeper.   The color is perfect for my Shed Garden which is a mixture of purples, yellows and shades of orange.

Blue Vervain

Last but not least is the teeny tiny blooms of the native Verbena hastata.  It’s a magnet for bees & butterflies alike.  This pic doesn’t even do it justice since it’s a bit blurry.  It looks pretty with the orangey-pink blooms of Hemerocallis ‘Colorful Summer’ in the background. To see more Bloomin’ Tueday posts or to join in this week, please visit our wonderful host Jean by clicking on the  icon link below: