Bloomin’ Tuesday

Well it’s another Bloomin’ Tuesday! To see other great Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in on the fun every week please visit Jean at Ms Green Thumb. I have alot to show you this week. My garden is just full of surprises.

Salvia ‘Black & Blue’ is a great addition to my garden. I couldn’t resist picking this little beauty up when I went to the garden center the other day with hubby. They just got a shipment of these and other annuals that are fall bloomers here. I wish it was a perennial, the butterflies are really loving this plant right now. I’ve seen this in other gardens, but I’ve never grown it before.

Lantana ‘Miss Huff’ is brightening up this area of the new garden bed at the moment. She is covered in buds and hopefully will be quite happy in her new home in my garden. Talk about a spot of sunshine on a cloudy day.

My least favorite Hydrangea ‘Forever & Ever Red’ has several flower buds opening. The bloom is pretty. It’s not red though, more of a deep pink. These have been my problem children this summer. I will be moving them come late September or early October to another area of my garden that gets afternoon shade. Hopefully that will help, but they are quite thirsty plants.

This area of my garden has done great this year despite the heat & drought. You can’t beat Catharanthus (Madagascar Periwinkle) for all summer long blooms. Some of these are in a container and some are planted in the ground. The ones in the container need a little more water than the others.

This is the first year my Lirope variegata has bloomed. I really like the metallic purple berry like flowers. This has a much better flower than the common Lirope. And the contrast between the blooms & the foliage is nice too.

This pink rose has been in my garden since the beginning. In fact it was here when I bought the house except it was in another area of the garden. I don’t know the name but it has fantastic full blossoms & a wonderful scent. The foliage has been clean this year too, no major problems with blackspot or mildew. The dry summer hasn’t bothered this rose in the least.

I couldn’t imagine my garden without Verbena bonariensis. This is a great wildlife attractor. The yellow finches, hummingbirds, bees & butterflies delight in these irridescent purple blooms.

Clematis ‘Sweet Autumn’ is really starting to showoff its’ snowflake shaped flowers. This is really a stunning plant when you have a mass of blooms. This is my neighbor’s view of it from her kitchen window. The fragrance when I took this picture was intoxicating.

Well I hope you enjoyed my blooms today. What’s blooming in your garden?


35 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anne Fannie on August 26, 2008 at 4:51 am

    I enjoyed my walk with you through your garden. That pink rose is beautiful. I also have a pink rose that was in my yard from the previous owner and I don’t know the name either. I love the blooms on that Lirope variegata plant. Very pretty purple flowers. What part of the US are you in?


  2. Posted by Cynthia on August 26, 2008 at 4:59 am

    You do have a lot blooming right now! I wish I could smell that clematis. It looks so beautiful. I love salvias and your new one looks like the blue flowers are glowing! Very pretty.


  3. Posted by Shibaguyz on August 26, 2008 at 5:33 am

    The pink rose and the clematis are really great… thanks for sharing them.


  4. Posted by beckie on August 26, 2008 at 7:06 am

    Annuals for fall blooming? What a great idea. About the only annual we see here is the pansy. But I suppose you have a longer fall than we do. The salvia is so pretty, no wonder the butterflies are attracted to it. I have a perennial salvia and am NOT happy with it. It blooms once then needs contant deadheading to get any more. Next year, it goes and an annual is going in. Such a glorious clematis, talk about brightening a spot! Miss Huff seems to be a popular variety of Lantana and rightfully so. It is really a ray of sunshine. Wonderful Bloomin’ Tuesday!


  5. Posted by Aiyana on August 26, 2008 at 7:39 am

    I didn’t know Clematis had a fragrance! We don’t grow them here, but I sure wish we could, especially after seeing the ‘Sweet Autumn’ variety you featured. It is gorgeous!


  6. Posted by tina on August 26, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I also love the verbena bonarienis. A nice passalong plant. I have a ‘Mystic Spires’ salvia that looks like the black and Blue salvia. The Mystic is reputed to be perennial and is super great. The rose is lovely.


  7. Posted by Cindy on August 26, 2008 at 10:50 am

    You have many nice blooms going on. That clematis is stunning. I was thinking of adding one to my collection and now I really think I have to. Thanks for a great tour.


  8. Posted by Rose on August 26, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Your “black and blue” salvia looks a lot like the “Victoria Blue” I have all over the place. I plant it in the spring, but it really gets going about this time of year and blooms until frost. I love it!
    Wish we could plant fall annuals here, but they wouldn’t have much time to bloom.
    You have lots of lovely blooms for so late in the summer.


  9. Posted by Deborah on August 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Very nice! I used pictures from my parents garden this week, but maybe next week I’ll post pictures of our annuals.


  10. Posted by Deb on August 26, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Your Sweet Autumn clematis is gorgeous! I love the snowflake shaped flowers. I can imagine how wonderful they smell.


  11. Posted by Nancy J. Bond on August 26, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Lantana has moved way up on my Must Have list. Your garden is still thriving!


  12. Posted by Meadowview Thymes on August 26, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Enjoyed all your blooms! Ummmm..I could almost smell that clematis! Wish I had one. Would Sweet Autumn grow in Texas?


  13. Posted by Sweetie on August 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    You have a wonderful variety. My favorite are the beautiful rose and the clematis.


  14. Posted by Balisha on August 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    This is my 3rd time writing this. Keep hitting the wrong thing and it disappears. I loved the garden pictures. Really like that rose. Don’t you just love to take a “tour” in the morning and look at it all?


  15. Posted by Roses and Lilacs on August 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    The sweet autumn clematis blooms look like they are glowing. I love that photo. Forever and Ever looks nice. People seem to be divided on it, some love it some are disappointed.


  16. Posted by marmee on August 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    great picture of the pink rose, and i love that little starry looking clematis!


  17. Posted by JustinB on August 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Very NICE!


  18. Posted by My Humble Hideout on August 26, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Hi, I love all your flowers, they are beautiful. How I wish I can plant clematis here…they look so lovely. I have a few pots of lantanas. I’ll post some pictures when they start blooming. Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers.


    Kuala Lumpur


  19. Posted by Suzanne on August 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite this week. If I had to I’d go with the rose…so full and beautiful! The clematis is gorgeous though too!


  20. Posted by DP Nguyen on August 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Beautiful roses and flowers in your garden. I’d love to just come and pick that pink rose.


  21. Posted by Kathleen on August 26, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    beautiful blooms! You have several I'd love to have myself ~ verbena bonariensis is at the top of my list right now! Isn't that black & blue salvia great? That was a good choice to pick up. The hummingbirds are crazy about it here. Enjoy your beautiful garden!


  22. Posted by Anna on August 26, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    OH yes! It was all grand!


  23. Posted by Jean on August 26, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Love all the purples and blues! I think I might “need” a fall clematis. Yours is beautiful! To answer your question about my blog, I do the design myself. The header is always a pic of mine. I have several free sites for other things. I also have a blog just to practice on so all I have to do is copy and paste once I have it like I want it.More questions, e-mail me. Jean


  24. Posted by OhioMom on August 26, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I am late, been putting up shelves for my window greenhouse … I love all the purples, and that clematis is gorgeous!


  25. Posted by Perennial Garden Lover on August 26, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Thank you Anne Fannie. I love Pink Roses, it's my favorite color for roses (yellow is a close second). I live in Virginia.

    Thank you Cynthia. I never realize how much is blooming until I take photos each week. lol Sweet Autumn smells sweet like honey.

    Your welcome Shibaguyz, I'm glad you enjoyed the blooms. πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting for Bloomin' Tues.

    Thanks Beckie, I'm glad you enjoyed all my blooms this week. πŸ™‚ Pansies are a great fall annual too. But Pentas, Salvias, & Snapdragons are also great choices. They all like cooler weather.

    Aiyana-This is the only variety that I know for sure is fragrant, it's not a hybrid. I know it's hardy from zones 4a-9b. You may be too warm for it.

    Thanks Tina. I planted Mystic Spires this year too. It's been a long blooming plant this season. I hope it comes back too. Most things will in my zone 7b garden. We'll see.

    Your welcome Cindy. I'm glad you enjoyed my blooms this week. Sweet Autumn would be a great addition to your Clematis collection. πŸ™‚

    I'm glad you like the Black & Blue salvia Rose. It's a deeper shade of blue than Victoria. That's another great one though. Our season is quite long. We probably won't get our first hard frost until late October-early November.

    Thanks Deborah. Look forward to seeing your annuals next week. Your parents garden was lovely.

    Thanks Deb. The flowers are quite pretty especially when their is a mass of them. The fragrance is heavenly, like honey. πŸ™‚

    Lantana is a great addition to your wishlist Nancy. Thanks for stopping by today.

    Thank you Linda. I left you a msg on Blotanical. I think Sweet Autumn would work in your Texas garden. It's hardy from zone 4-9b.

    Thanks Sweetie. I'm glad you enjoyed all my blooms this week. The Rose & Clematis were popular. πŸ™‚

    Balisha-blogger was doing that to me earlier today too. πŸ™‚ I'm glad you enjoyed my blooms this week. I love walking thru the garden seeing what's new & observing. It's my favorite thing to do. πŸ™‚

    Thanks Marnie. I'm glad you enjoyed the blooms this week. Forever & Ever has pretty blossoms and hopefully next year it will do better. I'm just not that impressed. πŸ™‚

    I'm glad you like my rose shot Marmee. I was pleased with how the light hit it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting today.

    Thank you Justin for stopping by. πŸ™‚ Your blooms were nice too.

    Thanks for visiting Zeq! I look forward to seeing your blooms too. I'm glad you enjoyed my post today. πŸ™‚

    Thank you Suzanne. I'm glad you enjoyed all the blooms especially the Rose & Clematis. They were quite popular with everyone. πŸ™‚

    I'm glad you enjoyed my blooms DP. That rose would be nice in a bud vase, lol.

    Thanks Kathleen. I'm in love with the Black & Blue Salvia. So striking with those dark bluish-black stems. Verbena bonariensis would be a great addition to your garden. It attracts all types of wildlife. I've even seen the Hummers buzzing around it at times. πŸ™‚

    Thanks Anna. I'm glad you enjoyed my blooms. Thanks for stopping by today. πŸ™‚


  26. Posted by Perennial Garden Lover on August 26, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks Jean! I think you definitely need a fall blooming Clematis. πŸ™‚ I hope you are enjoying your Limelight Hydrangea too. Thanks Jean, I might have to shoot you an email. I like how unique your blog always looks. You have picked beautiful designs and I love your garden photos as the header. Makes it more personal. πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting Bloomin’ Tuesday!

    Thanks Mom. I’m glad you enjoyed my blooms this week. I like purples too. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see your greenhouse shelves. I hope you send me a picture via email when you have it all set up.


  27. Posted by Mother Nature on August 26, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    It look like your sweet autumn clematis is going to make an even bigger show.


  28. Posted by Perennial Garden Lover on August 26, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks MN. It will be glorious when the entire mass of vines is covered in little white stars.


  29. Posted by Carla on August 26, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Beautiful, thank you for sharing! (that black and blue salvia is perinnal for us)


  30. Posted by Susie on August 27, 2008 at 12:48 am

    All your blooms are still looking great P.G. I’m so glad you got some black/blue salvia. That is one of my favorites. I’m not surprised to see Ms. Huff doing as well as she is.


  31. Posted by Meems on August 27, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Those periwinkle can't be beaten for blooming in any condition good or bad. Is that Lora Pedlum I see behind it by chance? I stopped by the big box store tonight to pick up a couple of things. It took everything in me to resist buying some of that black and blue salvia… seeing yours makes me wish I had given in… it is very pretty. Love your lantana (a perennial here) and the bloom on your liriope is interesting. I have hundreds of the common variety planted around Hoe & Shovel. Thanks for taking us around on another Tuesday tour of your pretty garden.
    Meems @Hoe&Shovel


  32. Posted by Laurie and Chris on August 27, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Wow you have alot blooming this week. Great pictures. I really like your fall Clematis.


  33. Posted by Beth on August 27, 2008 at 1:35 am

    I haven’t had much luck with lantana but a friend of mine is giving me some of her Verbena bonariensis – she says it’s one of her garden’s best performers. Yours looks like it’s doing well too.


  34. Posted by Dee on August 27, 2008 at 2:18 am

    You have some gorgeous flowers! I like the blue Salvia the best. I am trying several colors of Lantana in my yard, hoping it takes over some of the dirt and weed only areas!


  35. Posted by Perennial Garden Lover on August 27, 2008 at 3:03 am

    I did more research Carla and it probably is a perennial for me too. It says hardy zone 7-9 at one source & 4-10 at another. I'm zone 7 so we'll see. Thanks for visiting.

    Thanks Susie, after I saw yours I was quite intriqued with the Black & Blue Salvia. It was stunning in person and the hummers have been buzzing it this week. πŸ™‚

    You should of given in Meems on. I know it would be a perennial for you. I found out after some more digging that it is hardy in my zone 7 garden. That is a Nandina behind it and Pygmy Dwarf Barberry beside it. Miss Huff Lantana is a perennial for us too. The only true perennial Lantana for us. πŸ™‚
    The Periwinkles are real champs.

    Thanks Laurie & Chris. Your Mom was crazy about Sweet Autumn Clematis too. πŸ˜‰

    You'll love the Verbena bonariensis Beth. It is so easy to grow. Thanks for visiting

    They say Lantana is great for dry areas Dee. I am quite fond of the Black & Blue Salvia too. The flowers are such a vivid shade of blue. Thanks!


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