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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:

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Random Things….

( From L-R: Pink Angelonia, Purple Angelonia and Blue Vervain)

(Large background: Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue' and Small inset : Echinops Ritro)

Bloomin Tuesday

(From upper L-R across & down: Echinacea, Impatiens, Hemerocallis 'Colorful Summer', Hemerocallis 'Gordon Biggs', New York Asters, Shasta Daisy 'Broadway Lights', Dark-eyed Helen, Baptisia 'Alba' and Hemerocallis 'Kwanso')

It’s been so hot here that getting out to the garden to take pics let alone do any chores is exhausting.  I get up early and do all the necessary things like watering, weeding etc.  Then I escape back inside to the a/c.  However inspite of the august like temps the garden is still pumping out the blooms like crazy.  Some of my favorites this week are starting to bloom like the Hemerocallis and the Echinacea which is really putting on a show.  These Impatiens are in the red washtub, the pansies finally pooped out earlier this month.  They couldn’t take the heat either.  😉  Anyhow, I got these on the clearance rack at Lowes about a week ago in 3″ pots for .15 cents each.  There was nothing wrong with them either, in fact they were starting to bud up and weren’t root bound yet.  I also got two large pots of Angelina in mixed shades of pink, purple and white for less than $5.00 a pot.  They had racks of great deals too, and most of the plants were still in great shape.  In the past the clearance rack was were the half-dead plants were placed so I was surprised.  Another new plant blooming in my garden this week is ‘Dark-eyed Helen’ or  Helenium fleximosum.  It’s new to the garden this season, I picked it up at the Native Plant Sale in May.  I was a bit surprised to see the Asters blooming since they didn’t bloom till fall last year, but not complaining either.  Hopefully they’ll put on a repeat performance in late September when the summer perennials start to fade.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in today please stop by and visit our host Jean @ Ms Greenthumb.

Bloomin Tuesday

(From upper L-R across & down: Magenta Monarda, Balloon Flower, Pink Achillea, Pink & Yellow Achillea, Purple & Red Monarda, Skullcap Hyssop, Echinacea 'Sundown' and Shasta Daisies)

This week the garden is popping with color, especially after a nice rainfall yesterday.  The Monarda is blooming like crazy in shades of pink, purple & red and the bees are so loving it.  Echinacea ‘Sundown’ is my favorite of the new cultivars.  It has withstood drought, wet winters etc… Shasta Daisies always remind me of my Grandma’s Garden, since it was always one of her most loved perennials.  A native perennial that is a true star has to be this Skullcap Hyssop, it’s a prolific self-sower that is easily removed if necessary.  But the star this week has to be my Achillea, the pink and yellow combo was a happy accident.  To see more Bloomin Tuseday posts or to join in on the fun this week please visit our host Ms Greenthumb.

New Blooms

 

Penstemon 'Pikes Peak Purple'

Another Penstomon blooming, this one gets full sun in my Shed Garden.  It doesn’t mind this hot & dry location and blooms prolifically all summer long.

Rosa 'Glowing Peace'

 This is my Grandma’s favorite Rose in my garden.  In fact I think it was a transplant from her old apartment garden bed when she moved in with us 6 years ago.  I cut her a small bouquet Friday.

Thermopsis villosa (Carolina Bushpea)

Thermopsis villosa is a native plant that I picked up at a sale last fall. It’s commonly called Carolina Bushpea or False Lupine.  The blooms are very similar to the Lupine which is nice since I can’t get that pretty perennial to grow here.  It’s been a wet weekend so far, but I’m not complaining because the garden needed the extra moisture.  However it limits what I can actually do outside right now.  Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

White Blooming Natives

Penstemon digitalis

 Penstemon digitalis or Smooth Beardtongue as it is commonly called has been in my garden for three years now.  The white blooms have just a hint of purple in the throat.  It’s a hummingbird magnet in the shade garden.  The basal foliage is evergreen which makes finding it a piece of cake in spring.  It’s suppose to be a prolific reseeder but I haven’t had that happen in my garden yet. 

Dicentra eximia 'alba'

Another white blooming native is Dicentra eximia ‘Alba’ or the Fernleaf Bleeding Heart. It is a more prolific bloomer than the cultivar Dicentra spectabilis, and is much smaller in size.  Mine is combined with Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ in the shade garden. The silvery white mottling compliments the white heart shaped blooms.

VMG Plant Sale

VMG Plant Sale 2011: Wine two-toned Bearded Iris, Blue Vervain, Blackberry Lily and Yorktown Onion

This morning I made a trip over to the Virginia Master Gardener’s Plant Sale @ the Learning Garden in Yorktown.  I’ve been going to this annual sale which is held in May for the past three years and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.  Three years ago I met a previous Virginia Garden Blogger there for the first time, you know her as Janet @ The Queen of Seaford.  It runs from 9-12, but people get there early and the line gets long in no time.  Everyone was chatting about the Yorktown Onion which grows freely on the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown, Virginia.  They limit one plant per family and it’s the only place where you can one legally. The wild ones are protected by law from gathering or collecting.  Fortunately I was lucky enough to get one of these again this year.  The bulb is in the orange pot and the foliage has died back but it will sprout new green leaves come fall and hopefully bloom next spring.  That’s what happened with the one I bought 2 years ago, so I’m crossing my fingers for the same results this time around too.  I also picked up a Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis), Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata), and Wine two-toned Bearded Irises.  Now it’s time to find a home for my new babies, so happy gardening everyone and have a nice weekend and Mother’s Day!!! 🙂