Saturday, August 17, 2013

My Island Out Front

Hello and happy Saturday!
I've been out trimming shrubs, clipping branches and deadheading.  
I've been letting things slip lately so I decided I better 
get out there.

Early this morning I snapped this picture of my 
Limelight Hydrangeas.
Definitely my favorite!

How can you not like these!  Even with our winters up north here they do well,  so they are an A++  in my book!

 It's really grown a lot.
I have some small Spirea shrubs planted at the 
base which fill in the bottom nicely.
Hubby was mowing while I took these and the
grass wasn't cleaned up yet.

This is the island at a distance.  I'm standing by the house trying to capture it from end to end.  The big limelight
hydrangea is on the right but didn't show because of my weeping mulberry tree.

Standing on the driveway looking across the island at the woods. 

The Shasta Daisies are about done.  The Pixie Meadowbrite Coneflowers are still going strong and the Black Eyed Susan's are finally blooming.  

The Russian Sage would do better by itself.  I've seen some really grand displays of them around town and they are always by themselves.  I guess they don't share well!

Love this Coneflower.  The tag is down in the ground, I need to dig it out.  Love the color- I hope it starts to expand into a larger plant in the next year or two!

Some wimpy little Cones that I planted several years ago.  They were part of the series called Sunset.  They don't have good reviews and I probably should have removed them, but they keep struggling and I have a hard to booting something out that has survived.

The Max Frei Cranesbill are still kicking out a few flowers.  

I love to see these guys blooming.  They seemed late this year.

These Phlox are about done.  I look forward to seeing these come back next year.  I just planted a couple of them this year so I only have a single stalk on each plant. There seems to be some mildew on them- I wonder if they are prone to it?

These Aster's came back nicely from last year.
  
Peachie's Pick stokes Aster

I will end with this shot of  the pretty sky and Limelights!

Summer is returning (It seemed to have left us for a few weeks- with temps in the low 70's and night time temps in the 50's.)  We're heading back into the mid to upper 80's this week.  Summer's final push!  We need it to finish growing all the vegetables and pumpkins for Halloween!

I guess I better get back outside and work in the back yard now!!
Have a great weekend!

I've jointed
Fishtail Cottage for
Garden Party #18


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Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Morning Flower Gazing

Happy Friday!
I hope you've had a good week and are happy to see 
Friday come.

We've been experiencing some rather mild temperatures and the nights have been cooling off into the 50's.  It feels like early fall at times.  The farmers are unhappy because the mild temps are slowing down the ripening of their crops.  All I can see is that it makes for good sleeping!

I buzzed out this morning (7:30'ish) with a jacket over my pj's and snapped a few early morning pictures.  I've been absent outside lately because of a few projects that have been occupying my time.  Forgive my lack of visits to your blogs, it's just been hard to devote much time to the computer.

  The wind chime post even got into the pictures

The begonias turned out to be a good choice for outlining the  fountain area.  The hostas have covered them up though in this area.  The Japanese Forest Grass are doing well this year too.  

I watched the hummingbirds dancing around these flowers earlier this morning.  There were 3 of them.  I wish I could capture their activity but whenever I try to take a picture they quickly fly off.


In a matter of moments the sun moves on...

These small hostas add a little interest...
I believe they are called Fireworks

Ready to bloom too...

These Gardenmeister Fuchsia are a favorite for the hummingbirds too.  

The Annabelles have been blooming for a couple of weeks.  I gave some of the blooms some help with some stakes.  When they get wet they lay right down on the ground.  Their are delicate for such a heavy flower.

This Alyssum has come back each year since I planted them and I do enjoy them.  They've jumped over the sidewalk into another bed and are blooming there too.  

I planted Alyssum in this window box but only this one made it.  The geraniums crowded out the rest.  I like how it's cascading down the side.  I've been very happy with the performance of the Raspberry Twizzle Geraniums.  The blooms are long lasting and frequent.

In front of the garage I have three planters.  I got creative this year and didn't use my usual spike type plant for the center.  The Mystic Spires Blue Salvia really got big....I have one on the other side that is much larger.  The are some Gaura, Belleza (talll white flowers) mixed in there and the Raspberry Blast Supertunias are spilling all over the bottom.  The bees and hummimgbirds really like the Salvia and Gaura.  There is some Bacopa in there too but the Supertunias seem to have gobbled up most of the space.

I cheated and took this from my window through a screen.  My favorite Limelight Hydrangea is just starting to bloom.

This little Cityline Paris hydrangea doesn't disappoint!

Love

So happy together... 

My little buckets of flowers took their time to get filled out but now they are blooming nicely. 

The Sonic Magic Pink New Guinea Impatiens are a favorite.
I love variegated flowers and plants.

Joy!

Have a great weekend!

Thanks for visiting!
Liz













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