Tag Archives: yellow

rudbeckia nitida

22 Aug

yellowdaisy 002The garden definitely is slowing down, but every once in a while something new opens to remind us that the season isn’t over yet.  This is a variation of the Black-eyed Susan but with a green center – cousin to the cone flower.


black eyed susan – rudbeckia

25 Jul

besusanetal 002This cheerful variety of cone flower is just coming into bloom.  Like its many-colored cousins, it’s a great cut flower as well as a good way to attract butterflies and other critters to the garden.

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

coreopsis “moonbeam”

20 Jun

hostas 015This coreopsis has nearly doubled in size from last year.  It’s a very resilient plant that will bloom through excessive heat, drought or just about any adverse conditions.  As long as it gets sun every day and a little water now and then, it will continue blooming for the rest of the summer but the ‘ferny’ leaves of the ‘moonbeam’ variety would be pretty even without flowers.

red hot poker – kniphofia

9 Jun

penstemon 005This one has been blooming for about a week, and you can see how it adds new flower buds at the top of the stem as the bottom flowers fade.  It’s only about 18″ now, but it will keep growing and adding more flowers at the tip until it’s about 24″.

day lily – stella d’oro

3 Jun

day lily13 004Always the first day lily to bloom, stella d’oro usually signals that the rest of the day lilies will begin blooming in about two weeks.  This one is being crowded out by the sedum and overshadowed by althea.  I’ll need to move it to a sunnier spot if I expect it to have any flowers at all next year.

bearded iris

22 May

I’ve been away for several days attending the college graduation of my eldest grandson Nathan (felt so proud even though he did all the work and I was merely a spectator).  California is great but I’m glad to be home, too.  While I was away, my other grandson Jacob took care of my house and my dog, Charlie, and tried to keep up with photos of what’s new in the garden.  As you can see, the bearded iris alone kept him pretty busy.

I’ll try to post some of the other great flower pics Jacob took as soon as I get unpacked and have time to catch my breath.  (Because there are so many pictures, try clicking on the first one so you can run through the entire gallery.)

golden euonymous

21 Apr

gold euonymous 004Although flowers take center stage in Spring, many shrubs are putting on quite a show.  This golden euonymous will lose some of its bright yellow color as the season progresses;  it will fade to a yellow/green color but will continue to be a pretty backdrop for the flowers in the bed.  It keeps its leaves all winter, although the color fades a bit more.  golden euonymous 002Like most euonymous, it tends to spread.  You need to watch out for branches that are trailing on the ground because they will put down roots, causing the shrub to come up all over the garden.  Getting rid of those branches and an occasional trim is about all the care this shrub needs.

cypress spurge – euphorbia cyparissias

16 Apr

euphorbia 005euphorbia 003The cypress spurge provides a colorful underplanting to the newly forming red leaves of the knockout roses that line the front sidewalk.  (Click on either picture to get a closer look.)  By late Spring, the top leaves of euphorbia will lose their bright yellow color and there will be a carpet of solid medium green.  A couple of words of caution about cypress spurge.  It spreads very rapidly and can quickly get out of control.  Also, the stems contain a milky substance that can provoke a red, itchy rash – much like poison ivy.  If you decide to plant cyress spurge, always wear long sleeves and gloves when you work in the bed (I even take those precautions when I cut out the dead growth in Spring, just in case) and be prepared to dig up lots of unwanted shoots from nearly beds.