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Upper Midwest Gardening: Summer Blooms in the UMW

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
4:08 AM

Post #6671717

Summer is still over a week away by the calendar, but I'm going to call it officially summer as of now (even though our rather cool temperatures don't seem to agree with me). So, I give you...the summer blooms thread!

I'll kick it off with aconitum. This is the first time I've grown monkshood and I have to say I really love it. It's thriving in my garden and has put on a huge amount of growth since I got it as a tiny little plug early this spring. And the plant is covered in buds! These are just the first of many blooms.


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grrrlgeek
Grayslake, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
10:19 AM

Post #6672246

even though our rather cool temperatures don't seem to agree with me

Yes, what is this Summer of which you speak?

My back bed is a mud hole :~(

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
1:29 PM

Post #6672768

My monkshood has never bloomed:( and its been there for almost 3 years...where do you have yours sun/shade or in between?
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
2:13 PM

Post #6672937

Mine is in bright shade with a little dappled sun and maybe a teeny bit of direct sunlight at certain times of the day. It stands about 6 feet out from a very large maple tree, which is to the south of it, and in the shadow of my house. There's plenty of light, but none of it direct. It must really like the conditions, though, because it looks to be a blooming machine as all these buds open.

For what it's worth, my soil is a nice sandy loam and I top dressed with compost at planting time earlier this spring. This plant was about 4" tall tops when I got it, and now it's a good 3 feet tall. This soil is well-drained. I had aconitum in heavy clay at my old place. I planted it later in the year (after it would have bloomed), but I can tell you that it got about 4 hours of sun in that spot, and in the clay soil it just never seemed happy. I'm not sure if it's a sun or a soil thing...or both.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
4:31 PM

Post #6673538

Mine gets the very early monrning shade about 8 a little sun then my 11 shade til late afternnon...The soil is well-drained and not really alot of clay. When I ordered it 3 years ago it came as a 2 inch seedling (yeah) Its grown more this year than it ever has and has never bloomed I am so envious of yours.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
6:06 PM

Post #6673878

That's a bummer. :(

I have no clue what the problem might be. Maybe it's just beginner's luck for me?

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
6:51 PM

Post #6674079

I'm thinking about moving it over by my Polmonium D'brise(sp i think) Thats blooming nice. The plain green jacob's ladder is where the monkshood is (that bed) and its blooming for me.;
maybe someday:(
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
10:49 PM

Post #6675082

Funny...I have plain green jacob's ladder right next to my monkshood, too. Both are blooming their fool heads off.
duck_toller
Middleton, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 11, 2009
11:14 PM

Post #6675153

okay. I'm probably in the wrong thread. And should have taken better note along the way. I AM SORRY!

Where is everyone meeting on Saturday? I know Olbrich, but at what time and where. I don't know if I can make it but I want to try.

Been busy lately. Harvey is here now. at 10 wks he needs lots of attention. We garden together. I weed, prune, and mulch. He chomps off the heads of flowers and then makes sneezing noises to get rid of the petals.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6675376

awwwwwwww he's so cute though.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
3:14 AM

Post #6676317

Aw, Harvey is adorable!

The RoundUp thread is here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/865188/
enya_34
Madison, WI

June 12, 2009
3:00 PM

Post #6677875

I still have this blue geranium still blooming, can't really see it though. I planted it by Carl Forester from the road side to get more sun, do walk into the road to enjoy it.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
3:09 PM

Post #6677913

My peonies are opening

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
3:09 PM

Post #6677915

first gaillardia of the season

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6677926

Potentilla is blooming

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2009
3:12 PM

Post #6677935

Is that Johnson's Blue? I like it! The plant I had at my old place was a monster...it spread way more than I thought it would and it was bushy and beautiful. I'm going to have to get another one just as soon as I have a spot for it. :)
enya_34
Madison, WI

June 12, 2009
6:00 PM

Post #6678587

Kayly,
It is Johnson's Blue. I bought it because it said "blue" :) Mine is not spreading all that much, but considering where it grows I am happy. It's very dry, but sunny. I planted half of the plant I bought in half-shade and that one is barely making it :(
We are planning on thinning elms out in that area, so maybe next year it will do better.

cece,
I love peony and yours are my favorite color! I am walking to work now and stop at every house that has peonies - those are just blooming their heads off right now.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 12, 2009
9:13 PM

Post #6679160

Seems very early for aconitum, but it being a new plant can explain it. I'll bet next year it will bloom later.

Cece, it's Brise d' Anjou.
enya_34
Madison, WI

June 12, 2009
9:29 PM

Post #6679233

It's not a very nice picture but it give you an idea of a depth of color. I waited for this iris to bloom for 2 years. It was supposed to be a black siberian. It is not black but really dark purple and it's a late bloomer for me.

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enya_34
Madison, WI

June 12, 2009
9:30 PM

Post #6679238

The name of this siberian escapes me too but I like the ruffles :)
Again 2'd year wait and as you can see it's only one flower. I must be doing smth really wrong.

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enya_34
Madison, WI

June 12, 2009
9:32 PM

Post #6679243

This is a no ID for me as I did not mark it when I got it from Maxine at the last year round up. I call it a peakock and love it's variation.

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enya_34
Madison, WI

June 12, 2009
9:33 PM

Post #6679246

This one I bought from Ensata last year - one fan and it is still one fan with one flower. But I love the frills :)

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2009
3:51 AM

Post #6680869

Leftwood wrote:

[quote]Seems very early for aconitum, but it being a new plant can explain it. I'll bet next year it will bloom later.[/quote]

I thought aconitum bloomed in late summer, myself...although I haven't bothered to research. I was surprised when I saw buds on this one. I'm sure this one's had a head start because it was grown in a greenhouse very early in the season. I planted the one that's blooming in mid-April. I added another plant about a month later, and although that one's quite a bit shorter it also has buds. I bet it'll be blooming in a couple weeks.
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2009
7:05 PM

Post #6691364

Ok, I thought this was heliopsis 'Summer Sun' but after looking at other pics in PlantFiles I'm not so sure (I got it from FreeTreesandPlants.com last year). I like it though; it's so cheery, especially with all the clouds and rain!

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2009
7:06 PM

Post #6691369

And here's my penstemon.

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2009
7:07 PM

Post #6691375

And I have this gerbera daisy in a pot . . . this bloom came up kind of doubled!

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2009
7:08 PM

Post #6691384

And here's the corresponding double leaf . . . can anyone give a brief biology lesson on how this would happen?

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2009
7:09 PM

Post #6691388

Here's one "Lilly" that's always in bloom (unless she hasn't napped), my 3 yo DD! ;)

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #6691476

Aw, your bloomin' "Lily" is adorable!

The double bloom/leaf is cool. I've seen photos of stuff like that before, but I know nothing about the biology. (And to think I got A's in biology in high school!)
enya_34
Madison, WI

June 15, 2009
8:00 PM

Post #6691637

Lovely "water" Lily! My Huske Red penstemon had just two flowers opened this morning but three bumble bees already were there to check it out.

Here's what I found on the biology of double flowers, not quite what you have but ...

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WW3-4C5P7WN-3&_user=443835&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000020958&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=443835&md5=b5408068df667e2c5899d75f0f19d348

I hope the link works

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2009
8:58 PM

Post #6691902

My Huskers red has loads of buds but not opened yet. I have 6 total, 3 in one bed in the back and 3 in one of the side beds.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2009
10:08 PM

Post #6692166

My poor beginning to bloom gaillardia with I think bell flowers. Don't remember and the tag is long gone. Got these at the roundup last year from Al?

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2009
10:10 PM

Post #6692173

forgot to post the picture. That's what happens go directly to send...

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enya_34
Madison, WI

June 15, 2009
10:12 PM

Post #6692184

Nice! I got one from Al last year too. I hope it blooms as pretty.

Jeannie63

Jeannie63
Mequon, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 18, 2009
1:10 PM

Post #6704860

My irises are about halfway done, my artemesia is filling in, and my tiger lilies are growing tall:

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Jeannie63
Mequon, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 18, 2009
1:11 PM

Post #6704869

My Clematis is really taking off this year!

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2009
1:18 PM

Post #6704889

Huskers Red pennstemon

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2009
1:19 PM

Post #6704892

Last of the purple iris'

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2009
1:20 PM

Post #6704899

the rain got my peonies all droopy

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enya_34
Madison, WI

June 18, 2009
3:27 PM

Post #6705650

Jeannie, love your bed - there color even without irises blooming. Funny how I have most of the plants but mine are scattered all over. Did you plan the bed this way or changed it over time to get this effect?

cece, I am enojoying your peonies :) There's a house on my way to work where they planted a row of peonies all colors. When in bloom it's a show stopper. But it always rains during their flowering and the plants lay prostrate on the ground after it. It's such a bummer for me every time because I plan my walk to pass that row of flowers in the morning.

Jeannie63

Jeannie63
Mequon, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 18, 2009
10:13 PM

Post #6707536

Ev, that bed was there when I moved into the place. I have just been keeping it up, adding a few heuchera here and there! The lady who lived in the townhouse before me had a landscaping business.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2009
11:49 PM

Post #6707933

Bought these today...anger therapy

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enya_34
Madison, WI

June 19, 2009
2:37 PM

Post #6710206

Thanks Jeannie, that makes me feel better. I do love how every plant shows up and complements the neighbor in color and height, will try to copy some.

cece, that's sure beats half an hour on a bike. That's what my HD says you need to do to channel that extra adrenalin to your muscules. Just looking at them made me feel better (had to deal with stolen trash can this morning). I adore digitalis, grew some from seed two years before. Mine were biannual :( I really want to get a perennial one if there is such a thing.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 19, 2009
3:07 PM

Post #6710364

lol cece! I bought two foxgloves last week. Same reason. ;)

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 19, 2009
3:18 PM

Post #6710410

Isn't amazing what a little plant can do? Glad I'm not the only one who gets angry and goes plant shopping.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 19, 2009
5:28 PM

Post #6711024

cece,I think I will get mad and go buy some plants too.LOL

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 19, 2009
5:53 PM

Post #6711138

I like that. Steins had a rock with that saying on it and dh wouldn't buy it for me cause it was 50.00 But it soooooo appropriatel
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 19, 2009
5:57 PM

Post #6711158

You could paint a rock with that saying on it for (almost) free. :D
enya_34
Madison, WI

June 19, 2009
5:57 PM

Post #6711161

The encouragement is working it seems :)

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 19, 2009
7:28 PM

Post #6711546

It'd cost more to buy a rock that size. Even a resin one to paint. Oh well I'll go rock hunting someday and find the perfect rock.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2009
12:16 PM

Post #6722032

cece,You have given me ideas ,I think I just might make a rock for my best freind,ahh I just love this place,keeps my mind very busy,and the DH !!!!This was my purchase last wk,a 4peice fountain,with only 2 peices left,most important ones,they wanted 106.00,noway I told her,Ill go 50.00 ,I had a pump at home,so here it is,now imagine clematis growing over the stump.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2009
1:24 PM

Post #6722324

That's a great fountain, huggergirl!
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2009
1:30 PM

Post #6722345

Thanks KaylyRed,small but effective water feature,and I love it,DH really likes it too,Iwas pleasently suprized at that !!!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2009
1:35 PM

Post #6722374

I can see purple clematis on it already. Great little fountain.

Here's what dh did for me this weekend. A collaspsible rain barrel that can be put away for winter. He ordered 2 but only 1 got here so far.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6722432

cece,thats great,my son in law just set up a rain barrel,the collapsible is better yet.And I have 3 different climatis That I need to move, so it worked out well with the new fountain.We are working on a project that needed finishing a long time ago,part of the fountain area I will post some pix.here is the east side of the project now.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2009
2:03 PM

Post #6722487

great spot to be working. I love all that rock.

These barrels will each hold 156 gallons of water so hopefully if all works as planned the water bill won't hurt too much this year as it has the past 4.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2009
2:10 PM

Post #6722514

cece ,wow thats alot of water,great for you !!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #6722650

Cece, I've been looking for a water barrel! Where did you find the collapsible one?

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2009
2:47 PM

Post #6722683

I'm not sure if he ordered them from gardeners edge or gardeners supply store. I think the newset catalog was Gardeners Edge and that was the one he was looking at. There's 3 different sizes, small holds 55 gal., med. holds 104 gal and then the large at 156 gal. He figured one large one for front and one for back could help the ouch to the water bill.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2009
4:10 PM

Post #6723098

Asiatic lily planted October 2008 and of course I can't remember the name and its unreadable

Found it in my order picture book

Asiatic 'Landini'

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2009
5:05 PM

Post #6723345

just some zinnias,coralbells

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2009
5:07 PM

Post #6723357

got these at the 1$ store

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2009
5:10 PM

Post #6723375

sweet william

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #6727155

My delphiniums cheered me up this morning...

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2009
2:21 PM

Post #6727164

a closeup of the bloom

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2009
2:22 PM

Post #6727168

Found this also this morning

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2009
2:23 PM

Post #6727175

foxgloves...will these re-bloom if I deadhead? or is deadheading a sure way to not have them again next year.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2009
2:25 PM

Post #6727182

hollyhock bud. I wish it would just bloom already. I have loads of buds but none open.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2009
2:26 PM

Post #6727189

purple coneflower, Sedum and Russian Sage

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 23, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6727251

Garden I cleaned, mulched, & plant some annuals in on Sunday.
Also a couple of trade plants from RU went in here.
Bernie

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 23, 2009
2:45 PM

Post #6727267

Tomato house is booming!
Tomatoes are all nicely pruned & tied up, thanks to my new worker, Allison.
Poor economy is good for something. Her & the other guy, Tim are both very good workers. These types wouldn't have applied a couple years ago.
Bernie

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2009
5:28 PM

Post #6727905

Oh, cece...I love those delphs! So many beautiful pictures.

I deadheaded my foxgloves and get a small rebloom on them. You won't get that central spike to rebloom, but the side buds will. Do leave a couple stalks with seedheads, though. I've heard some people say that you can make foxglove behave more like a perennial than a biennial by cutting back after they bloom, but I take no chances. I'm the same way with my delphiniums, too. ;)

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2009
5:37 PM

Post #6727935

My del's I cut back after bloom and always get a smaller re-bloom in early Sept. I cut the stalks off of my foxgloves last year and had to buy new ones this year so I'm not doing that this year. I'll just let them go to seed and fall where they may. Maybe I won't have to buy more next year. Here' to hoping anyway.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
1:36 PM

Post #6731406

I wanted to share this picture.

I love Mock Orange bushes. Back in March I ordered a Philadelphus cymosis 'Bouquet Blanc' from McKay's Nursery. It was delivered May 6. I was told at the time of delivery that it most likely would not bloom this year due to being transported. Well guess what?

Isn't it gorgeous? They said it had a strong fragrance but I can only get a whiff of a slight orangey scent course I am on antibiotics for a sinus infection and bronchitis as well.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
1:38 PM

Post #6731414

3 year ago I very dumbly ordered a variegated mock orange. it arrived in a 3" pot and was only about 5" tall. Needless to say has never bloomed till this year...

On;y on one bottom branch but it's in bloom

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grrrlgeek
Grayslake, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
3:00 PM

Post #6731739

Nice foliage while you're waiting for it to bloom though!

Our little linden tree is in bloom. The flowers aren't impressive, but they smell wonderful. Last year was our first summer here and I was so excited when I figured out that scent was coming from the tree of all things!

Not the best pic I could've taken but I ain't goin' out there right now for another. Too stinkin' hot.

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enya_34
Madison, WI

June 24, 2009
3:25 PM

Post #6731864

Bernie,
Your green house looks like a Chelsea show garden :)

cece,
I am in love with your Philadelphus cymosis 'Bouquet Blanc'. How big is it now and how much sun does it get in your garden?

grrrlgeek,
Ahh, linden trees in bloom... I plan my walk to work around those now to close my eyes and sniff and pick a few blooms to dry to the fall sniffles season.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
4:00 PM

Post #6732035

Love the mock orange and the linden! They're beautiful.

I have a soft spot for the catalpa trees that are in bloom in my neighborhood right now. I know they're big, and the bloom is short, and the flowers aren't particularly fragrant, and the fruit (those long beans) is messy, but...my parents had an ancient one in the yard when I was younger and I always loved it. (Of course! I had already moved out and didn't have to clean up after it.) I was sad when the old tree declined and they finally cut it down.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
6:03 PM

Post #6732626

the philadelphus cymosis was delivered to me at 4 feet tall so I was real impressed. It pretty much gets a lot of sun...the variegated doesn't get very much sun and I'm thinking I may move it the end of August to a bit more sun.

Took my youngest DS to WCTC to register for fall classes this morning and he's all enrolled, registered and ready to start classes Aug 29th! He wanted to stop at Sentry to pick some soda and water up and well they have this greenhouse in the parking lot?

Well I got out of the truck and heard this yelling Cece take us home, Cece we know you want to, and we need tlc!!!! Will you just look what followed me home?

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
6:03 PM

Post #6732629

of all the rotten luck...for DH.
enya_34
Madison, WI

June 24, 2009
6:07 PM

Post #6732660

WOW!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
6:52 PM

Post #6732868

Don't you just love it when plants follow you home? What cultivar is the echie?

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
7:02 PM

Post #6732914

Tag says 'Big Sky Sundown' Echinacea hybrid. It flollowed me every where just dragging it po behind it. He was thirsty too because she had gotten that far out yet to water so I brought him gave him a drink and will plant we it gets cooler around 7 or so...I'll take care of him. The 2 Alstromerias had been watered real good so I set them out in the container garden in their containers yet. I still have a pinkish rose one I bought in 2007 when the sun room went in and have over wintered successfully twice now. Each year it begins blooming end of February and last continued til the middle of October. I saw the purple one last week but didn't have my purse with me and dh wasn't about to buy it. Saw that one and the orange right next to it and well as they say the rest is history.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
7:45 PM

Post #6733106

I thought that might be Sundown. I was kinda disappointed in the one I had in my old garden. It never bloomed well, and the blooms I did get always looked somewhat distorted and pathetic. I wonder how it's doing this year.

Yours looks great, though! Hopefully you'll have better luck than I did.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
8:17 PM

Post #6733210

Here I thought I was being so sly...took the alstromerias out to the container garden and mixed them among the ones I already had out there, and the echinacea I put with a couple other plants that need to get planted eventually. Figured DH wouldn't know; Was in the back bedroom when dh got home from work. Suddenly I hear fee fi fo fum I spell the blood of brand new plants. Went out into the living room and he said come ere, just come out here. Walked right to the new ones and said Where did they come from??????He took off earlier from work and when he got home the "rat" ds told him that I bought new plants and hid them so he wouldn't know and showed him where they were. Traitor child. humpf see if I help him do anything in the very near future.

He didn't believe me when I said they begged for me to take them home and they followed to the trucks with their little pots dragging. Sometimes the man has no sense of humor.

Actually what he said exactly was "Yeah right and tomorrow I will wake up to a full head of hair. (He's bald)

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
9:14 PM

Post #6733459

You have told him that plants help us gardeners keep sane, right? ;)

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
9:17 PM

Post #6733475

yeah he knows he has the hair that is still on his head because of the plants or I'd have ripped what he left off a few years ago with a pair of tweezers

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 25, 2009
3:40 AM

Post #6735152

Maybe he's changing if he actually cares.
I don't understand why most men love grass. Make a new flower bed or two with scalloped edges so he has a challenge mowing around them.
I got stuck mowing today. What a pain. Spruce tree branches scratch something awful.

Bernie

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
3:50 AM

Post #6735186

Bernie that is the whole problem having to mow around them first with the weed whacker at the edges and then the mower. Told him we could avoid all that by putting in gravel, mulch or stepping stone walkways. He wants grass. Course he is getting better about it. Clover seems to be taking over the yard and he doesn't like the clover. that's how I got the last bed; clover and the mid-summer what grass there was turned all brown. He being such a perfectionist about most things is just something that really gets in the way.
motts1
south central, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
3:56 AM

Post #6735206

jcoakly- The evening primrose on the previous page may be 'Oenthera fruiticosa' and the helenium may be a coreopsis. I haven't had them for years (bunny salad) but I am remembering name of "Early Sunrise."
I have been remiss on photos and right now not much is going on except hot/humid.
I really wish that I had done a photo on some of my Siberians that finally found their "voice" this year.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
4:11 AM

Post #6735255

My DH (we reunited recently after being separated for quite a while) could care less about grass--he loves my gardens. He compliments them all the time. He wouldn't care if I made the entire yard into one big garden, and he isn't fazed much when I buy new plants. (The only time he ever questioned me was when I bought a maidenhair fern. He said, "You bought a fern? We have a hundred ferns!" But...they're ostrich ferns. Different! lol)

I pretty much do all the yard work around here unless I request help from my husband or kids. I even mow the lawn...just as long as I have my little John Deere to do it. I enjoy it. :)

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
11:31 AM

Post #6735848

Kayly I didn't u had reunited. I am so happy for you... All my best to you and hubby. i am really happy for you.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2009
11:59 AM

Post #6735936

DH are funny things arent they,mine mows, now that he is retired,he would prefer to have no grass to mow,he said a path around the house is enough to mow !!! He mows the whole thing ,OMG sooo scary though.The first yr. he mowed,he rolled the tractor down the hill,Iam picking up trash along the road and I get to the north side and I see the tractor upsidedown at the bottom of the hill,I run down the hill ,he is sitting on the screened porch JEEEZZ,I mowed this hill for almost 20 yrs without rolling the tractor!!! After he mows I always tell him how nice the yard looks ,while Iam grinding my teeth,he is getting better at it,Iam just glad I dont have to mow any more,I still work too.But this year is the first time in years he is not grumbling about me buying new plants,I have not had to hide them,as Ive done before,who is this man,i almost stopped buying new varieties,his famous last words are always this ,whadda ya need that for,where are you gonna put it,dont you have enough already,thats why i have a lot of the same stuff every where,I just split it up.Iam going to take advantage of this man who ever he is !!!! Got to love em

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
12:15 PM

Post #6735983

Yeah one of my dh's famous lines are What'd ya need that for don't you already have like 10 of 'em? A lot of mine of divisions of original ones but I simply can't drive by a plant sale or nursey or a Steins. The car obtains a will of its own pulls itself in the parking lot, parks itself, shuts itself off and opens its door for me. What am I supposed to do then? I get out and look. I don't always buy but chances are better that I will than that I won't.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2009
12:34 PM

Post #6736042

cece,My car did that yesterday,and some impaientents,jumped in !!! they said they needed a place to stay for the summer,I said I have the perfect shady spot,and Iwill serve you water,if you flower for me!!!!LOL

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
12:54 PM

Post #6736148

LOL we're two of a kind. Maybe our DH should know there's more of us then they think.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2009
1:23 PM

Post #6736281

cece Iam thinkin that too !!!Have a great day,Iam off to work.Tamara

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
3:07 PM

Post #6736728

Have a good one Tamara. Smile, make everyone wonder what your up to.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
4:53 PM

Post #6737234

First, they sleep...
then they creep...
then they...

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
5:49 PM

Post #6737457

[quote]Kayly I didn't u had reunited. I am so happy for you... All my best to you and hubby. i am really happy for you.[/quote]

I should've posted an update to my divorce thread here, but I didn't really think of it. We're still reeling from the financial losses as a result of separating, and I still lost my old garden (which I felt compelled to drive past yet again today, even though it was out of my way), but we found out that neither of us liked the idea of growing old without our best friend by our side. It's taken a lot of work, and we're both still in counseling to work things out, but it's going well. :) Thanks!

I love that "leaping" clematis! I'm going to have to get some for along my fence line. Won't happen until next year, though. Does clematis get heavy enough to damage a wood privacy fence?



cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
6:03 PM

Post #6737503

The fact that you could say "your best friend" is proof enough that divorce is never the answer. I am so very happy for you. Then again sometimes it pays to take a step back and review your situation. I'm glad that you are still in counseling and I hope and pray that you'll both will come out so much better and happier in the end WITH EACH OTHER. (((((((((hugs))))))))) for you both.

the clematis well to be honest I'm not sure, I think its about as heavy as a morning glory and we have morning glories on out lattice fence. course they're not doing too well seeing as the neighbors trees have got to the point where they shade them.

I was about ready to give up on trying clematis because they just sat theire and didn't get very big the first couple years. They'd bloom but not really very many. But this year!!!!!!!! I love 'em!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
6:11 PM

Post #6737527

Thanks for the well wishes, Cece. (((((hugs back)))))

I've never had really great luck with clematis. But I don't think that's going to stop me from trying. Yours certainly rewarded your patience! It looks just lovely with all those purple blooms. :)
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2009
11:24 PM

Post #6738794

cece & kayly,I was about ready to give up on my climatis too,I have 3 different varieties planted together(NOT A GOOD CHOICE) any way the old purple one has done well this yr. One of them is puny as all get out and its been there 4yrs,and the 3rd one iam waiting to see if it blooms nicely it looks ok not robust with growth,and its 4yrs too,Iam tired of waiting !!!here is the purple one

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
11:31 PM

Post #6738824

Hugger on the oblisk I had 2 purple one white and 1 red. there is one blossom on the white which is early usually its July that I notice it with the red. A purple on the other side died but this purple already blooming seems to have 2 different shades of purple on it. I'm confused but NOT complaining!
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2009
11:35 PM

Post #6738838

cece,as you see mine too,I was going to ask about it,this is funny odd !!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #6738931

I know I went back and looked at yours and your right I wonder what that is all about? Only I have way more than just one bloom different. I don't understand it.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 26, 2009
12:47 AM

Post #6739107

cece, I just went out and looked at mine again,and I have 1 more mauve 6 petal bloom,also there are 4,5 ,6 petaled dark purple ones, is that normal ???

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2009
11:09 AM

Post #6740534

I don't know if it is normal or not but I'm not complaining about it. I like the different hues makes it interesting to look at. I can try and find out for you if you'd like... I've a couple resources I could try.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 26, 2009
11:21 AM

Post #6740551

cece,Iam not concerned either ,its just weird,ive never seen it have mauve blooms,this climatis is 10 yrs old,I moved it 5yrs ago.I was just suprized at the 4-5-6petal blooms,its probly normal,kinda like me normal,weird.LOL

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2009
8:40 PM

Post #6742427

More pics...

Asclepsia tuberosa Just beginning to show color

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2009
8:42 PM

Post #6742436

Lysmachia 'Alexander' in all his glory...

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2009
8:43 PM

Post #6742442

New to the garden this year Shasta daisy 'Old Court'

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2009
8:45 PM

Post #6742451

Also new to the gardens this year...Shasta Daisy 'Highland White'


Both this one and the 'Old Court' came in3" pots.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2009
8:47 PM

Post #6742456

Stella's are starting to bloom their little heads off

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2009
12:04 AM

Post #6743152

MarciaGeiger . . . just checked in on this thread and saw your note . . . thanks for helping me ID my coreopsis! I just knew it didn't look like those pictures of the heliopsis, but I guess that's what I get for ordering from a "freebie" web site. Funny thing is that I transplanted a clump of coreopsis from my Dad's yard last summer as well, and I think it is the same thing. Ha. So I have it in the front yard and the back yard. Which is fine because I like it a lot. Bunnies munched off most of the buds last summer but this year I don't seem to have that problem; it's doing great!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6749026

DH came dragging this home for me yellow alstroemeria, no tag so I dont know her name. He says there's a red one there also and might as well go buy one of those and have the whole set.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2009
2:44 PM

Post #6749043

Are hollyhocks supposed to get this big? They tower over me. Last year they didn't bloom and something was eating holes in its big leaves. This year there are flower buds at the top...not open but they are there.

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2009
2:45 PM

Post #6749055

My Orienpet Tree Lilies have loads of buds on them. Can't wait to see them open!

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2009
2:52 PM

Post #6749084

Had to go back up and check and yes I did post the orange and purple Alstromeria. Now I have the yellow one, a pink one I already had. yep hubby gets home from work I will go buy the red for a complete set. I'm obsessed so what can I say?

Here's my tiny Abutilon with the purple Alstroemeria

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 28, 2009
5:23 PM

Post #6749619

My hollyhocks are up to the eve on my shop.
Just started to bloom.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 28, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #6749624

Lilies are blooming.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 28, 2009
5:27 PM

Post #6749632

More lilies.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 28, 2009
5:30 PM

Post #6749642

Still more.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 28, 2009
5:31 PM

Post #6749645

Change of pace, main entrance to our house.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 28, 2009
5:32 PM

Post #6749652

Did I mention, more lilies.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 28, 2009
5:35 PM

Post #6749658

Bed in last picture is up for cleaning today.
Some Shrub Roses.
I will be weeding here when done with the previous one.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 28, 2009
5:38 PM

Post #6749668

A Spirea bush. .

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 28, 2009
5:40 PM

Post #6749672

Pink Supreme lily.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 28, 2009
5:42 PM

Post #6749686

A Coreopsis.

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2009
8:16 PM

Post #6750336

okay so they're supposed to get that big good.

Great pictures. I only have 2 lilies blooming right now my Asiatic Pixie Pink (almost done) and Asiatic lily 'Landini' also almost done.

Pixie Pink

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2009
9:51 PM

Post #6750729

Wow, I've been so busy planting, I haven't had a chance to look at these gorgeous pics! Country Gardens, your gardens are beautiful - great compositions! Cece, as always, one beautiful pic after another! Kayley, Cece, and Hugger - don't give up on clematis. Once they find a spot, you can't stop'em, it's finding the spot that's tough. I have two purple ones on a small trellis. They've been there since 2003. They were very puny the first few years. Here's a pic of them in their first year . . .

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2009
9:54 PM

Post #6750752

They took about 3 years to take off, but here is the right hand one I took a pic of this morning. It would have collapsed on the puny trellis like the left hand one did this year, but for a wind chime. It climbed around that and is still going to the skies!

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2009
9:55 PM

Post #6750761

Hydrangea "Annabelles" I put in early spring . . .

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #6750773

Two blue mirror delphimiums . . .

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2009
10:02 PM

Post #6750786

Spiderwort and other delphiniums (can't remember cultivar), next to a baptista that is leaning over due to a big rain. It does that every year, but it's still gorgeous!

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sherriseden
Des Plaines, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2009
10:07 PM

Post #6750805

Long shot of yard. (I haven't sent pics of other yard areas because they're works in progress, which I know a garden always is, but these are sloooowwwwer - in progress for about 6 YEARS! I keep ripping out and doing something new.)

Kayley, congrats on your reunited state! What a beautiful thing to call him best friend! Mine is, too. And it's his B-Day!!

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2009
10:14 PM

Post #6750835

I have those. The tag called them 'Butterfly Blue' delphiniums. Mine aren't blooming yet but they are growing so good. I see buds forming. Started out with 3 but have 5 now. So I'm thinking they multiplied somehow and I'm not complaining. the whole darn bed can turn in to them.
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2009
7:13 PM

Post #6754707

Here are some cosmos in front of my coreopsis 'Moonbeam', planted last fall; love the lacy foliage! And the perennial cornflowers just keep throwing out blooms.

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2009
7:14 PM

Post #6754715

The daylilies were here when we bought our house 5 years ago . . . I put in the coneflower 3 years ago and the bee balm last fall.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2009
8:28 PM

Post #6755028

dragons blood sedum

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2009
2:45 AM

Post #6756662

jcoakley - You know, I was never a fan of the big orange ditch lilies but the more I see them along the road the more I'm beginning to appreciate them. I think they're maligned by gardeners (especially those who love hybrid daylilies), but...I don't think they deserve it. In the right space, they really are pretty! Yours look nice with the coneflower and monarda.

I have ditch lilies growing amidst ferns and peonies here, and while they're big and take up a lot of space, I have to admit they're pretty in bloom right where they are. I'll probably let them be. :)

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 30, 2009
3:18 AM

Post #6756816

We had them along the north side of our house when I grew up. They were always there.
This house also has "corn" lilies on the north side. They were here when we came here, have lived through many things. Couple years ago, we had a late freeze that got most of them. They are filled back in now.

huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2009
11:20 AM

Post #6757674

Everyone beautiful pictures of everything !!! My gardens are so boring this year,lots of green ,I have soo much more shade every year,need to make changes ,Iam lacking in, summer bloomers.ooops I posted the wrong pic.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2009
11:24 AM

Post #6757679

phlox drummondii

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2009
11:34 AM

Post #6757707

Larkspur ,anyone is this a normal color ,I love it ,I only have 3 that color.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2009
11:45 AM

Post #6757730

spirea

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2009
12:07 PM

Post #6757791

oh I like that too. beautiful.

Butterfly weed is coloring up nicely

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2009
12:07 PM

Post #6757793

as is my bee balm

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2009
12:09 PM

Post #6757794

gaillardia and shastas

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2009
12:21 PM

Post #6757832

cece,I love the bee balm,and BW,I need more sun.!!

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2009
12:26 PM

Post #6757852

lilys

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2009
12:58 PM

Post #6757944

hugger, what are you talking about . . . boring??? I think not! All you ladies (and gents too!) give me inspiration and remind me of what I have to look forward to in a few years as my stuff fills in (and I plant more & more).
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2009
1:02 PM

Post #6757965

jcoakley,I think its like a drug,I need more color,more color,LOL.OK now here is some color !!!

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 30, 2009
1:21 PM

Post #6758038

Boring is what you see when driving around. A fancy-dancy house, a dozen or so pine type shrubs along the front, sitting in a pile off wood chips or crushed rock. Then in front of them is a row of some blooming thingy, all the same, that will be done in a short time. That way they can mow their carefully manicured grass the rest of the summer. Or at least until the dry weather hits. NOW THAT IS BORING!
Bernie

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2009
1:28 PM

Post #6758072

I agree Bernie I agree. I might have a mish-mash of things but there is always something blooming with lots and lots of colors. I'm working on getting rid of as much lawn as I can and adding lots and lots of color along the way. Hows the glads doing so far this season? Pic please.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2009
1:41 PM

Post #6758139

Bernie,point well taken,I do agree too !!!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2009
2:00 PM

Post #6758214

Brrrrrr its actually cool. Only 61 and very little sun. I have sweat pants and a sweatshirt jacket on and a afghan on my lap wrapped around my legs. I'm in the sun room...with windows shut. I thought I heard somewhere it was summer now. Guess they were wrong. All kidding aside it may have been hot and humid last week but I prefer that in the summer time as to this...
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2009
2:09 PM

Post #6758240

cece,64 here,got jeans ,longsleeves,socks too,sounds like thats what we will have for a few days,going to buy decking material today,good weather for that.I just hope I can sneak off to the garden section.LOL

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2009
2:47 PM

Post #6758406

who sneaks? I just tell hubby you'll know where I'll be when you're ready...and off I go.
kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
1:49 AM

Post #6761343

Ok, your all way ahead of me as I'm north of everyone :(
My Peony

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
1:50 AM

Post #6761355

My Pink Peony poppy

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
1:52 AM

Post #6761364

Another picture of my Pink Peony Poppy

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
1:55 AM

Post #6761383

My white bleeding hearts

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #6761400

My Irises

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
1:58 AM

Post #6761412

An Iris that I'm trying to get ID'ed

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
2:00 AM

Post #6761427

A small pink Lupine

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
2:06 AM

Post #6761465

columbine

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
2:11 AM

Post #6761496

sedum

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
2:15 AM

Post #6761515

Blue columbine

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
2:18 AM

Post #6761546

A lily

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
2:19 AM

Post #6761551

My sweet williams

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
2:22 AM

Post #6761565

Another sweet williams

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
2:24 AM

Post #6761580

Alaskan Daises getting ready to open

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2009
3:07 AM

Post #6761816

Some people (very few, I suppose) call the White Bleeding Heart - Naked Lady in a Boat. An 80 year old lady told me about this.

Pluck off an individual flower. Turn it upside down so it points up. Gently pull apart the two lobes, using the stem as the hinge. That forms the boat. The naked lady emerges, complete with legs, arms, head and boobs!

It does work with the pink and white form. Something about the boobs being deformed or on both the front and back of the lady. I don't remember which.
kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
3:14 AM

Post #6761854

I was told it was bleeding heart, and I was surprised when it blossomed white.
kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
3:17 AM

Post #6761870

My zing rose just starting to bloom

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2009
5:18 AM

Post #6762152

The peonies and lupines and such are all done flowering in zone 5 now. It's nice to see them again from a zone away. Thanks, kassy!
kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
5:55 AM

Post #6762221

My lupines are going to come to an end soon, and the peonys are just about done, but the peony poppy is going strong.
Some of my plants are north or me, at my boyfriends house...near the Wisconsin and UP Michigan boarder.
That's why I hardly have any lilies in bloom. And the alaskan daisies are just getting ready to open.
My balloon flowers and my anise hyssops don't even have buds yet.
This picture was taken a couple of years ago, of a pink peony poppy in front of an anise hyssop.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2009
12:35 PM

Post #6762763

kassy_51,you have lots of pretty flowers.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2009
12:35 PM

Post #6762764

I have both the pink and the white bleeding hearts plus the fringed leaf one Dicentra exima that one blooms all season on and off.
Like KaylyRed said our peonies, bleeding hearts, columbines are all done for the season. Yours are beautiful My anise hyssop hasn't buds on it yet either that I can see.


Can anyone give a suggestion as to what this is? I don't know what it is or where it came from. But its blooming in one of my front beds and I know I didn't put it there.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2009
12:38 PM

Post #6762769

leftwood,I wish I knew that about white bleeding heart,I have a huge one,I love that !!!
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2009
12:45 PM

Post #6762785

cece,I dont know what it is ,but its really pretty,love yellow.Here is what I bought yesterday !!! The blue one says it is a butterfly blue larkspur? The leaves are similar to my larkspur,but not as fine,or lacy,but not the same leaf as a delphinium,are they in the same family??

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2009
1:00 PM

Post #6762831

The blue one reminds me of my Butterfly blue delphinium...Its not in bloom just yet but when it does I have people stop while driving by asking what is that and where can I get one! Like the Foxgloves too.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2009
1:04 PM

Post #6762845

cece,cant wait for it to fully bloom,I love the electric blue,hoping 6 hrs of sun will make the foxglove happy.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2009
1:06 PM

Post #6762851

Your yellow flower is a weed. We've had them off & on.

The blue flower is Blue Butterfly Delphinium.
Nursery's are good at mis labeling.

Bernie
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2009
1:11 PM

Post #6762868

CountryGardens, But are delphinium and larkspur related ?? Thank you
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2009
1:26 PM

Post #6762916

Cece, is your yellow flower maybe some kind of oenothera, or evening primrose? It looks similar to some I have (planted on purpose) with variegated leaves and I like it. It could be that some people pull it as a weed if it spreads too much, but I transplanted some from my MIL's garden and I think it's cheerful. And with mine, the leaves are interesting even after the blooms are gone, and they turn a pretty red in the fall. I'm still at the point in gardening where I want things to spread because I have a lot of bare space. :)
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/71989/

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2009
1:35 PM

Post #6762943

cece ,I too thought it might be evening primrose,it can be invasive it spreads by risomes,or runners

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6762981

I have evening primrose way in the back of the property by lattice. This bed is out front by the sidewalk next the road. I don't think the rhizomes spread that far. I'm inclined to take Bernie's take that its a weed and just pull it. Thanks Bernie.
kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
11:59 PM

Post #6765434

Have to show you what showed up at my boyfriends front doorstep.
We have no idea where it came from and I had it ID'ed to find out what it was.
I am now collecting the seeds from it.
Blue Eyed Grass

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2009
11:59 PM

Post #6765436

another picture of it

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marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2009
2:01 PM

Post #6767683

Hey Bernie...a weed is just an unappreciated flower!

And it does resemble my evening primrose, which can easily take over it's assigned area in the garden.

I've got martagon lilies blossoming.

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marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2009
2:16 PM

Post #6767778

And some more...

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 2, 2009
2:23 PM

Post #6767809

marie_,those are beautiful .

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2009
4:04 PM

Post #6768238

Those are beautiful Marie. I've always wanted to get a couple Martagon's but heard they were extremely temperamental. With 4 adults living in this house I have all the temperaments I can handle at the moment. Are they hard? Do they play disappearing acts one year and come back the next like what did you forget me?
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2009
4:16 PM

Post #6768310

So far I have been lucky with the ones shown. They came back from the 1st year that I planted them and have continued to increase. However...in another location...I have given up any hope of every seeing them. They've been there for 4 years now (planted on the same day as all of the others) and I've never seen them. If they are sulking, they've really taken it too far. My guess is that they croaked or a varmint ate them. I just received some potted baby martagons from a friend this Spring, and all 5 looked great and I even thought that they might bloom this year, they shut down. I'm not sure how else to describe it. They were healthy little plants, some with blossoms and then they dropped their blossoms and most have whithered. I've checked the bulbs and they still appear healthy, so it must just be a martagon temper tantrum. We did also have some blistering hot weather, before it got cold again so that might be it too.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2009
5:07 PM

Post #6768498

The dark colored ones what is their cultivar? Where have you got them planted? Full partial sun? shade? A lot of moisture? I may get some and try them if I have a proper place for them, How about morning sun only?
treelover3
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2009
5:20 PM

Post #6768558

I would bet the dark martagon is 'Claude Shride'.
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2009
5:25 PM

Post #6768584

Yes, Claude Shride. They are planted with my hostas in almost complete shade. If they get any sun at all it would be early morning. Just average moisture.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2009
1:39 PM

Post #6772101

And the yellow, most likely Lilium hansonii. For more martagons see here:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/988990/

Really, martagons are only temperamental in that they might sulk for a season after transplanting. In this case, sulking means not even emerging above ground the entire year. There is the rare case when sulking can be taken to the extreme - two years. This is a characteristic of some other species too. But the bulb keeps growing nevertheless, and if it likes where it is planted, it will be larger the year after sulking, then if it had not sulked at all.

Martagons are from cold regions of Asia and Europe (hardy to zone 2). Of course they wouldn't like the heat. But I wouldn't call that temperamental; show me any plant that is native to a zone 2 region, and I will show you a plant that doesn't like heat.

With the exception of a few american species, lilies (including martagons) suffer from water logged soils. I suspect Marie's "shut down" was due to the heat, too much water, or both. It should be back next year.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2009
4:40 AM

Post #6775399

Those martagons are incredibly cool. I really do need to find some.
deann
Au Gres, MI
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2009
10:44 AM

Post #6783561

cececoogon

I agree with jcoakley and huggergal, that is evening primrose...took this picture this morning. A large mass of them are quite attractive.

Deann

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2009
12:28 PM

Post #6783794

Just a busy bee on a sweet bloom

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2009
12:33 PM

Post #6783813

day lily

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DianeEG
Galva, IL

July 6, 2009
4:25 PM

Post #6784851

With all the rain and a bunch of hot weather, my plants are doing great. Blooming full tilt are the daylilies, hydrangia bushes, coreopsis, bee balm, shasta daisies, false sunflowers, gooseneck loosestrife, mints, dill, rue, spiderwort, and yarrows. Just starting are coneflowers, hollyhock, hosta, phlox, liatris, and I have tennis ball sized green tomatoes. Life is good.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
12:49 AM

Post #6820263

grandaughter 8 took this one

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
12:51 AM

Post #6820270

Leo ,5 took this one

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6820295

mallory , took another

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
1:00 AM

Post #6820321

Leo~again

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
1:03 AM

Post #6820327

Mallory too

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
1:09 AM

Post #6820348

Meet Mallory,we watched 2 of the grand kids on friday ,I gave them my camera and they took 115 photos,and as you see here not too bad ,I set the camera on auto and turned them loose ,some pics are really funny,shes just home from a dive meet got 1st place medal

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
1:12 AM

Post #6820358

Meet Leo ,he is 5,and sweet

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
1:36 AM

Post #6820462

Cute grandkids, hugger! I am going to have a new niece in a few weeks and her name is going to be Mallory too. :)

I took some photos at the Chain 'o' Lakes State Park up near Antioch, IL this past week. It was so so so pretty (buggy, but pretty). I really wish I had a better camera (and was a better photographer) because these photos don't do it justice. Oh well!

This is some coneflower and maybe butterfly weed? Anyone know? There were a lot of butterflies, monarchs especially because of all the milkweed.

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
1:38 AM

Post #6820472

A vast field of queen anne's lace & coneflower . . .

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
1:39 AM

Post #6820483

More butterfly weed?

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #6820489

Looked kind of like black-eyed susan but the foliage is different from what I have in my garden. Anyone know?

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jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
1:45 AM

Post #6820515

And these little guys were really pretty . . . quite low-growing and very delicate. Don't know what they are either . . .

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2009
2:21 AM

Post #6820715

Jcoakley don't know about the yellow flowers the orange sure looks like butterflyweed to me. The yellow might be Brown eye susan like I got at Reutzer Nature Centre a couple years ago. Boy do they take over though.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 15, 2009
8:21 AM

Post #6821409

Definitely Butterflyweed (Asclepias tubersoa).

The yellow pea shaped flowers looked to be Birdsfoot Trefoil.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2009
10:37 AM

Post #6821529

I love my butterfly weed and have it paired with Shasta Daisy 'Alaska' and yellow Asiatic lilies.

If I picked the right picture but I love this color combination; so bold

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cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2009
10:38 AM

Post #6821532

Not the right one but close enough...what can I say? Haven't had my coffee yet
allnitro
Waterloo, IA
(Zone 4b)

July 15, 2009
10:45 AM

Post #6821545

I shot this lily pic at marie_'s last weekend.

Jeff

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2009
10:57 AM

Post #6821574

Beautiful! I love Lilies.

Here's one of my orienpet Tree Lilies. Just a bit over 5' tall and this is the second growing season...

Its the first to open; who knows when the rest will

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
11:02 AM

Post #6821581

jcoakley,Gosh I thought when you said chain o lakes state park , you are right out my back door,but we are in indiana !! Our chain o lakes st. park is about 10 miles from here !! Great photos.looks like you had a great day at the park!

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
11:05 AM

Post #6821583

cece,me too,but i cant stand the smell of them tooo sweet.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2009
11:25 AM

Post #6821622

These don't seem too bad, you know over powering but then again it maybe my sniffers broke:)
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2009
11:42 AM

Post #6821646

cece,I brought a bract in the house a few yrs ago ,they were actually dripping with nectar,had to put them on the porch,I was shocked at the amount of nectar,they were just star gazers,I learned leave them outside !!! the hummers loved them.
enya_34
Madison, WI

August 2, 2009
5:44 AM

Post #6896606

Leo definitely has a good eye for an interesting photo subject.

I love lilies and get outside after dusk to enjoy the smell but they can be
overpowering in side, true.

I do see humming birds flying past the house but have not seen them
on my flowers, wonder if they like some plants in particular.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2009
11:37 AM

Post #6896847

enya_34, mallory and leo took some really good photos,it suprized me,here are self portraits of them,Leo 1st

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2009
11:40 AM

Post #6896851

mallory self potrait

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2009
11:46 AM

Post #6896866

I swear I didnt give any direction to them

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enya_34
Madison, WI

August 4, 2009
3:24 AM

Post #6904624

from the self-portraits you can see that they don't know the camera but the choices of what's "cool" are very interesting

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