We need another picture thread. We've all been so busy enjoying our gardens, that there hasn't been a photo thread in a while. I hope you have been taking pictures! Here are a few photos I took the last few days of just a few of the things blooming in the garden. This cool weather summer has caused my yard to look spectacular in August! June and July blooming things are still blooming, alongside the hydrangeas and other August bloomers.
Pic is of some yarrow (Colorado mix) that I started from seed in the winter.
What's blooming in your garden???
The red snapdragons, that I started from seed way back in February, are finally blooming! Here they are, paired with Iceland poppies (amazing--the poppies are still blooming going on month 3 now! Thanks to not a single 90 degree day yet in 2011!). This snapdragon has a lot of orange tinting---the others (I put in around 40 of them) are cardinal red. I might try and save seeds from this one, the color is so striking. I have a long fenced bath (fenced both sides), which is planted with trellising pinot noir grapes, icelandic poppies, a yellow chinese meconopisis poppy, red climbing roses, and the red snapdragons. I'm enjoying it.
Bee balm along the driveway. I started the monarda (panorama mix from Johnny's) from seed in the winter of 2010.....I had to wait thru one season and half of this summer until it bloomed. It was worth the wait. I have seen a huge increase in butterflies and hummingbirds in my yard this year. My only complaint---the bee balm is taller than me, which I didn't expect, and completely blocks my bed of phlox from view! (But the phlox looks great from my neighbor's yard, lol).
Very nice, ladies. It's nice to see some color right now -- I'm struggling with the doldrums in my own landscape, feeling lost & uninspired.
I love the daylilies! I added several this year, which will hopefully bloom for me next year. I'm particularly fond of the blue/purple ones....