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joe pye weed

22 Sep

joepyeweed 004Joe Pye Weed is just about the last of the flowers to come into bloom in the garden.  By the time the flowers open the leaves have lost nearly all of their purple color from earlier in the year — the purple color is seen only in this variety which is called Chocolate Joe Pye Weed.  joepyeweed 003Leaf color is the primary reason I grow this flower; the blossoms themselves are unspectacular.

It might be appropriate that I end this blog on the last flowers of the season.  I’ve recently bought an old (c.1858) house in Maeystown, IL and will be spending the winter refurbishing that.  I’ve already begun dividing some of the plants from this garden as I’ll be starting from a blank slate at the new place.   Maybe I’ll begin blogging again when I have something to show there.  In the meantime, thanks for visiting my garden and best of luck with yours.


6 Sep

naneliotrosegarden2013 004The sedums are beginning to bloom, a true indicator that the season for new blossoms is nearly over.  Sedum is such an easy-to-grow plant every garden should have at least a few.  To the left is Autumn Joy, identified by its red stems.  Below are the common (“Live-Forever”) and white-blooming, variegated leaf varieties.

sedum2013 001Sedums can be grown in sun or shade, form 18″-24″ inch clumps, and are easy to propagate — just bury the bottom 3″-4″ of a cut stem and keep the soil moist.

sedum2013 005Sedums come in a variety of color combinations, including a deep purple-leafed variety.  Except for the white variegated sedum, most flower in similar clumps of pink, star-shaped blossoms.

angel’s trumpet – datura

12 Aug

angelstrumpet 013angelstrumpet 011I’ve been watching the Angel’s Trumpet form buds for the past couple of days and finally last night it began opening.  This is a tropical plant but easily grown in this zone from seed each year.  It’s large flowers (about 10″ long and 4″ across) make for a pretty spectacular plant, which by summer’s end will be the size of a small shrub.angelstrumpet 012

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.

daisy – chrysanthemum

12 Jul


IMG_4297Some people are surprised to learn that daisies belong to the chrysanthemum family, bred to bloom during the Summer rather than the Fall.  Daisies are long-lasting cut flowers (as long as the water is changed regularly and no leaves are allowed below the water’s surface).  Try putting a daisy in a clear container in a window that gets at least morning sun and you might find that after a week or two it starts to grow roots.  Like many plants with “hairy” stems, daisies can be propagated in water or moist soil — I usually dip the stems in rooting hormone when I start them in soil.

double rose of sharon – althea

12 Jul

Last month I showed you some of the single-petalled Rose of Sharon bushes as they came into bloom.  Now the doubles are blooming as well.  Perhaps not as exotic looking as the singles, the doubles are more well behaved — no seed pods sending up volunteers all over the garden.rose of sharon 004

I think I also mentioned that some of the purple and white singles had cross pollinated, producing a sort of salmon/pink flower.  Those have begun opening as well.rose of sharon 010All the Rose of Sharon bushes are loaded with buds and there should be continuous flowers right up to frost.


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.

plume poppy – macleaya

11 Jul

Plume poppies are large (6′ or more tall) perennials with beautifully lobed leaves that are grey/green on top and nearly white underneath.   The flowers don’t so much have petals as numerous stamens (see detail below).  As the flowers drop, they leave airy looking seed pods that are a little more brownish than the flowers but that stay on until Fall.plume poppy 013  (Click on either picture to get a closer look.)

plume poppy

plume poppy

day lilies – hemerocallis

10 Jul

Most of the day lilies came into bloom while I was away and Jacob took some great photos.  Luckily for me, even though day lilies only bloom for one day each, every plant has multiple buds so I’ll have plenty of day lilies to enjoy before they’re finished.

more asiatic lilies

29 Jun

liliesFollowing their usual pattern, the red/orange lilies opened first (see post of June 19) followed by the white and the yellow.lilies 024

The orange and white lilies are fairly small; stems are only about 18″ tall.  The yellow, on the other hand, grows nearly 4′ tall and has to be staked to keep it upright.lilies 026