Although there are plenty of flowers in this post, I honestly don't feel like I have anywhere near enough flowers in my garden. I've planted the back with foliage in mind for the most part, and it is pretty much a sea of green, and is very calming to sit in, look at, or walk through. It's good to look at up close, where you can really see all the contrasts in form and texture and subtle differences. But you know, sometimes I just want to look at a riot of flowers, especially at high summer. So I'm working -- in my head for the most part, via lots of critical staring -- on redoing the front next year, getting rid of a portion of grass, and planting it in big tropical foliage and lots of bright flowers. I'm thinking orange and pink and a few spots of restful blue. I hope it ends up looking like it looks in my head.
My daylilies are going strong. They're one of my favorite perennials, with their big, colorful flowers.
|'Bold Tiger' -- I love this one, and plan to buy more|
I started a lot of Nasturtium 'Alaska' from seed direct-sown into my front bed, and they are really lighting up the garden, in shades of orange and red and yellow and peach.
|Salvia patens, still growing in the pot it was sown into two years ago, is such a deep blue. I saved seeds from it last year and sowed more.|
|Hydrangea 'Annabelle' has plenty of little mopheads.|
|Geranium 'Rozanne' scrambling around in a semi-shady spot near the new gate.|
|Filipendula flowers with the foliage of Impatiens omeiana|
|The first Echinacea purpurea to open|
|Another lily, but I can't remember the name|
|Erigeron and yellow-eyed grass|
|Hydrangea 'Invincibelle Spirit'|
|'Laura Bush' Petunia|
|Invincibelle Spirit and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'|
|Mertensia maritima (simplicissima)|
|Eryngium 'Big Blue'|
|Agastache color-matched with the seedheads of Mexican feather grass -- a happy accident|
|Origanum 'Kent Beauty'|
|Poppy seedpods with Allium sphaerocephalon|
|California poppy with dark-leafed Ninebark|
|Front bed with Nasturtiums, California poppy, and lilies|
|The same bed from the other side|
|Oakleaf Hydrangea flower -- the first ever|
|Centaurea montana 'Amethyst Dream' reblooming|
|Lobelia tupa starting to open|
|Filipendula flowers against the dark foliage of Bugbane|
|Geum triflorum, also known as prairie smoke. I have a good size patch of this, but it has never bloomed in abundance. I keep hoping some day it will live up to its name, and have a profusion of seedheads that give it its common name.|
|Coreopsis 'Red Shift'|
|Technically not flowers, but they look like it -- and I can use the same shot tomorrow for Foliage Followup!|
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day takes place every month on the 15th, and is hosted by Carol Michel of the blog May Dreams Gardens. Check out her blog for many more links to others who have flowers blooming all around the world.