Tag Archives: purple

passion flower – passiflora

25 Aug

yellowdaisy 002Passion flower vines are late to green up — sometimes as late as July — and late to bloom.  Although they will climb trellises, they tend to wander at will and probably are best along fences.  The flowers are not easily seen, often buried among the foliage, and must be viewed closely to appreciate their complexity.

bee balm – monarda

4 Aug

beebalm2013 016Bee balm has been attracting both bees and hummingbirds.  These are in a spot that’s not quite sunny enough and the stems have bent over nearly to the ground trying to get to a sunnier part of the bed.  That means they’ll have to be moved–again.  I’m bound to find the right location eventually.

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butterfly bushes – buddleia

4 Aug

buttterflybush2013 004butterflybush2013 017butterflybush2013 019Butterfly bushes are late starters – late to green up and late to bloom.  But that makes them welcome additions to the garden when many other flowers have begun to move past their prime.

cone flower – echinacea

14 Jul

IMG_4101For me, the real beauty of cone flowers is that they attract pretty little gold finches who like to sit on the flowers and eat the seeds.  They’re very skittish, though, and I have not yet been successful capturing any on film.


12 Jul

A few days ago I posted some of the many great photos grandson Jacob took while I was out of town.  He also got some great shots of the hostas coming into bloom (some of these are mine but most are Jake’s).  I’ve never cared much for hosta flowers, growing them mostly for their leaves, but seeing Jake’s pictures has given me a whole new appreciation of these little blooms.  I’m posting them as a gallery so you can click on any one and use the arrows to navigate through the entire set if you like.

purple heart – setcresea purpurea

10 Jul

For whatever reason, purple heart was the most searched post in last year’s blog, so here it is again.  This is a tender perennial, or in this zone an annual, that spends the winter in the sunroom.  The plant gets pretty leggy over the winter, so I lop it back to about 6″ each Spring and it comes right back.  It blooms most of the time, even in Winter — though those blooms are sporadic.   New plants can be started easily by snipping off a section of stem, removing the lower leaves, and potting the bottom few inches in moist soil.

rose of sharon – althea

27 Jun

althea 003Rose of Sharon has begun to bloom and will continue through the rest of the season.  These flowers need hot weather to encourage blossoms, and we’ve certainly had that lately.  I have purple and white varieties and occasionally get some that are sort of salmon colored, obviously the result of cross pollination.  So far, only the single-petal varieties have flowers but the double-petalled bush has lots of buds and will no doubt come into bloom soon.

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purple leafed loosestrife

23 Jun

gooseneck 004I wanted to get a shot of this plant in bloom.  The individual flowers aren’t much but in mass are very cheery.  They’ve been pretty well beaten down by yesterday’s heavy rains and it’s rainy and overcast again today, but hopefully this will give you the idea.  (The little wooden bear with the big attitude was acquired on a trip out West.  The purple flowers in the foreground are spiderwort, which have been blooming for some time.)    The leaves of the  loosestrife have lost most of their purple color (see photo below taken earlier this year) and after the flowers have finished blooming will be cut back to encourage new, purple leaves to form.  Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t, depending on how hot/mild the weather is.garden tour 017


18 Jun

delpheniumI planted delphinium seeds several years ago but, I thought, with no luck.  In the meantime I’ve moved all the perennials from this spot, which had become too large to manage, to two smaller beds on the other side of the yard.  When these sprouted, I thought they were coreopsis I had missed in transplanting, so I was really surprised to see the purple blossoms.

These are Chinese delphiniums, as opposed to the candle variety which has more tightly clustered blossoms.  They look like they would be nice in a traditional bouquet, and they are, but delphiniums tend to drop their flowers shortly after they’re cut so they’re best enjoyed if left growing in the garden.

catmint – nepeta

9 Jun

penstemon 009This perennial grows in clumps with 18″-24″ stems, 1″ leaves that have a light, minty smell and tiny flowers at the tip of each stem.  You need to click on the photo to see the flowers; close up they look almost like tiny orchids.