|John Cabot Roses: She blooms ALL summer long and will still be budding with the first snow fall.|
|Wild Coneflowers: from seeds collected on the South Dakota prairie.|
It's a shame, really, that we can't ever schedule a visit when the joint is alive with color.
The month of August is my time to shine ~ Perky little posies popping out all over the place. And, I find that I spend every waking moment out there, enjoying the view.
|Such uniform Daisies. Not sure how I managed that one.|
|Shell Pink Dianthus always makes me think of my friend, Bev.|
|Helianthus, perennial sunflower|
Peppermint Phlox is one of the cutest little August bloomers in the garden. See the copyright on this photo? I've taken to doing that when I post them on Pinterest. I bitched for a solid year about Pinterest because everyone was stealing my flower photography and posting them on Pinterest, claiming those pics were theirs.
An exasperated friend finally threw up his hands and said why don't you just put a circle c on those photographs and join in the fun? Well, that's an awfully well-balanced attitude. Why can't I just be pissy and complain?
This is the great big mystery bush, adorning the street garden. It's an absolute magnet for bees and butterflies. And, I haven't a clue what it is...
Phlox and Russian Sage peek out from beneath a Prairie Fire Crab Apple tree. Several master gardener friends gave me a hard time for planting 3 trees so close together but I think it's good to know your limitations.
Since I'm supremely talented at killing young trees I hedge my bets by planting 3 at time ~ in the high hopes one survives.
Tick... tock... Russian Sage has the unhappy job of being an alarm clock for the season.
I adore the fragrance and the soft, velvety feel of it's blossoms. But, once it begins to flower I know my gardening days are numbered. Autumn is on it's way.
Ornamental Sweet Pea vines have the run of the front porch.
Fuchsia Yarrow is a big, fat bully, bordering on weed status. I dig up half of it every year but no amount of murderous activity slows her down.
Save a dime by purchasing a bag of rock phosphate instead. It's organic (Miracle Grow is not) and your flowers will love you for it. Toss them a few banana peels, too.
Natural forms of phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) are fairly easy to come by ~ those are the goodies that boost your flower power.
If you made it to the bottom of this extra long post, I thank you kindly for stopping by.