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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