Bloomin Tuesday

( From upper L-R across & down: Viburnum 'Winterthur', Agastache 'Raspberry Summer', Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue', Spirea 'Goldmound', Lacecap Hydrangea and Achillea 'Summer Pastels')

 It’s another Bloomin’ Tuesday and the garden is filled with all kinds of goodies to show you this week.  See how my mophead & lacecap hydrangeas are starting to come into bloom.  So excited!  Hope it won’t be too long until the paniculatas (Limelight & Pinky Winky) show off their stuff!  I’m pleased with this Agastache ‘ Raspberry Summer’ too, it has doubled in size from last year.  However I did lose my ‘Tutti Fruiti’ which is heartbreaking to say the least.  😦

(From upper L-R across & down: Salvia 'East Friesland', Geranium 'Rozanne', Salvia 'Mystic Spires', Butterfly Weed and Gallardia 'Arizona Sun')

 Some new additions from last season were this Geranium ‘Rozanne’, the Gallardia  and the Butterfly Weed.  I’m thrilled how many buds and blooms are on the Butterfly Weed.  This is the fourth time I planted one and it’s doing well.  It all comes down to location, location, location.  Hope to see lots of Monarchs this summer in the garden since I have this and some Milkweed.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to to join in this week please visit our gracious host Jean @ Ms Greenthumb.


18 responses to this post.

  1. Racquel girl .. I was reading your “Rather ..” quote and today I have to face the inside clean up schedule .. DRATS !! haha .. because no matter how long I have been driving myself into the garden .. some how I want to do it all over again today ? LOL
    Hey .. you are way ahead of me with most of your blooms .. they are looking gorgeous .. I do have a lacecap that has put out the green stage of its flower .. I have most of my hydrangea in the front garden now so I am hoping for a great show this year (please?) haha
    beautiful blooms girl : )

    Did you like my ‘Rather..’ quote Joy, lol. It’s just something I made up. 🙂 I know what you mean, it’s been raining here for 2 days so it’s time to catch up on some housework. Drats! It does seem to be a bit cooler in your area at this time of the year but then again this rain has cooled things down drastically. Back to jeans and long sleeve shirts for me. Crossing my fingers for your hydrangeas to put on a spectacular show this season. Thanks!


  2. So much color, I love it!!!! My hydrangeas are starting to bud too..

    Thanks Darla, can’t wait to see your Hydrangea blooms when they open. 🙂


  3. I think it is going to be a good year for Hydrangeas, plenty of moisture lately and lots of buds.

    Yep their eating up this extra rain with relish! 🙂


  4. I love all the different colors you have Racquel. Will most of these flowers bloom through the summer?

    Thanks Linda, alot of these will bloom all summer and the hydrangeas will look through the fall even when the blossoms fade & dry. 🙂


  5. I guess location does have lots to do with it. My butterfly weed doesn’t seem to be even coming back. Oh well, nothing new there!

    That’s been my experience, I know they prefer a well drained area since they don’t like their feet wet. This spot gets morning sun – early afternoon followed by shade. I don’t give it any supplemental watering during dry periods either.


  6. Hi Racquel – Great colours – particularly like the butterfly bush. I normally see them in purple/pink but your orange variety looks spectacular. Enjoy the visitors it should attract.

    Hi Heather, thank you. Actually that is a Butterfly Weed not the bush. I’ve seen them in white & yellow as well. 🙂


  7. The blooms are looking great! I’m a big fan of the lacecap hydrangeas – I don’t have much shade to offer them but I like them! The butterfly weed looks great too. Ours is just starting to bloom.

    Thanks Dave. Me too, their so nice in contrast to the Mopheads which are so fussy. Except for ‘Nikko’ which is a real trouper! Mine get morning sun followed by afternoon shade come 12:30-1:00. I’m thrilled to finally have one (butterfly weed) survive and bloom it’s heart out for me. 🙂


  8. Your hydrangeas are so gorgeous! I’ve always loved them, but never had one in my garden. I must do something about that! ;o)

    Thank you Suzanne. You really must add one of these shrubs soon. They are a wonderful addition to any garden. 🙂


  9. I’ve heard other people complain that some agastaches are short lived. I was surprised and pleased to see several seedlings from last year return this season.

    What I wouldn’t give to be able to grow lacecap hydrangea here. Even Niko Blue gets severe winter damage.

    That has been my experience in the past with them too Marnie. How lucky you are to have new seedlings popping up. Supposibly they have developed some new hydrangeas for colder areas of the country. 🙂


  10. What gorgeous blooms!! I love the hydrangea…I’ve one little Endless Summer that I baby through the AZ heat. It has about 20 blooms just opening now…:)

    Thanks Dee. I bet it’s hard to keep it going in that heat. Mine get dappled morning sun with full afternoon shade and still get droopy on the really hot days. Can’t wait to see your blooms. 🙂


  11. Your garden is just ablaze with color! My wish list just gets bigger and bigger! Great post and beautiful photos. Jean

    Thanks Jean, I’m glad I can encourage your plant collecting. 🙂


  12. Love these bright colors! Oooh it makes me excited for my house to look like this in a few weeks! Thanks for sharing, Paula

    Thanks Paula, glad I could get you excited for things to come. 🙂


  13. Oh, all of your flowers look so beautiful. It looks like you’ve got a yard full of stunning plants and flowers. Thank you for your sweet comments.

    Thanks Rosie for the nice comments. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed my flowers.


  14. Posted by greenwalks on May 19, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Hey lady. So much color! You must be really enjoying the late spring with all of those beauties. I have an agastache that is pretty reliable but I don’t remember what it’s called. Do hummingbirds visit yours? I know they are supposed to but it always seems like they would have to dip pretty low to get anything. You are reminding me that I should go see if my Gallardia is back, it bloomed like a maniac last summer!

    Yep it has been a late spring indeed this year Karen. Yesterday it didn’t get above the 60’s and it rained till around noon. I’ve seen the Hummers buzzing this plant already. So cool! Hope your Gallardia came back safe & sound. 🙂


  15. Nice pictures. I really like the flowers. Thanks for posting. 😀

    Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed my flower photos today. 🙂


  16. I can’t believe your hydrangeas are starting to bloom already and they’re blue! Do you have to add anything to your soil to get the blue color? My ‘Endless Summers’ started out blue, but I never remember to add enough acidic food to them, so the last few years they’ve all had pink blooms. I remember that gorgeous Agastache from last year. I tried to order it from on online catalog a few weeks ago, but they were all sold out:(

    My hydrangeas have always been blue. I’ve never amended my soil in anyway, my soil is naturally high in ph I guess. Our tap water is high in ph as well. I think I got my Agastache from Bluestone Perennials if you want to try to order it again. Have a nice day Rose. 🙂


  17. Racquel! That last collage is stunning. I love the oranges & purples together ~ I think you’ve just inspired me to create a container combo using it!
    So many beautiful blooms ~ sorry you lost Tutti fruitti but maybe it sowed some seed about before leaving?? That’s what my agastaches do ~ I rarely keep the bought plant for long but it’s such a good sower that once I have one in the garden, I always do.

    Thanks Kathleen, that’s my favorite color combo too. I doubt it had a chance to sow any seed before departing but let’s hope anyhow. Thanks for that tip I’ll keep that in mind for the future. 🙂


  18. Love your photo collages, especially those with my favorite flowers – hydrangeas. My hydrangeas are still 3-4 week away from blooming. Would you mind letting me know which application you used to create the collages?

    Thank you Linda. The Hydrangea is my favorite flowering shrub too. 🙂 Sure, the program I use is called Photoscape to create these collages. It’s a free download, just google the word.


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