Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What's Blooming in the Garden?

We've eased into July.  The lawn is beginning its "beige" period and the heat seems to come and go which means sporadic watering. There hasn't been much to do really - a little dead heading here and there.

Filipendula rubra (Queen of the Prairie) - Thanks Ricki!
I still haven't gotten around to topping my three laurels. I figure I better wrangle them in before they get too crazy tall.  I almost want to take them out, but I do appreciate them covering up my neighbor's windows.  But I could probably plant something nicer there instead?!? 

Nymphaea 'Perry's Almost Black'
Centaurium muehlenbergii - I have no idea where these came from?!? They are just growing here and there.
Gentiana tibetica (Tibetan Gentian 西藏秦艽)
Gladiolus 'Black Jack'

 'Magnus' Coneflower (right) with floppy Erigeron speciosus 'Blue Beauty' in the background

Gladiolus papilio aka 'Gladzilla' poised to open!
Clerodendron trichotomum (Harlequin Glorybower) - Masses of blooms this year
Echinacea purpurea 'Raspberry Truffle', Monarda didyma 'Marshall’s Delight' , Lobelia laxiflora
Go tupa! 

Pontederia dilatata (Royal Pickerel)
Coreopsis 'Limerock Ruby' is sure a beauty.
My Assistant Yvette - Apparently her bear was hot and needed to cool off? He looks like he is waving for help!


  1. As always, love the Echinacea and Lobelia tupa...but, once again, Yvette steals the show!

  2. Your assistant is adorable! And the blooms sensational. If you wake up one morning and your water lilies are gone, it wasn't me. I swear. ;-)

  3. Pretty yard and all your beds look perfectly edged - wow! The tupa is so pretty. Your yard looks big - is it bigger than the typical 5000sf here in Portland?

    1. Yes, my lot is larger than normal. I have a lot and a half (75x100).

  4. You are making me seriously question why I don't have any glads in my garden! And your tupa . . . Swoon!

    1. I like the Glads for their sword like foliage, cheap price, and they have such pretty blooms. And here in Portland, you don't have to lift them for winter. I have a few clumps that aren't blooming and I hear they need to be dug up and replanted with all the new little bulbs removed, but I haven't gotten to that yet.

  5. That's so sweet of Yvette to let her bear go for a swim! And I do love seeing pictures of your garden even more now that I've been there...

  6. You're welcome...and I'm sure Rubra is happy to be hanging out in such fine company.