I like to grow fun stuff sometimes. I saw these plants in New Orleans and Florida and fell in love with them. I purchased a bulb from Logee’s Greenhouse three years ago, and it has done very well. ( I put it in the basement during the winter). The buds are very cool at all stages of development. There are a lot of photos, but I just couldn’t resist. The scent is intoxicating as well – especially in the evening. Enjoy.
Starting to open
The blossom starts out yellow and changes to orange
This morning, picking up the sunlight
What glorious weather we’re having. It’s quite crisp so I have been able to do some much needed weeding and transplanting. The daylilies are almost done but the dahlias are going strong. Much of the garden slows down this time of year – those lazy days of summer linger a bit longer in the garden too.
Thalictrum rochebrunianum – this delicate plant adds a real fairy garden feel in the shade.. the flower scape is five feet high
Close-up of the blossoms
Queen Ann’s lace in the meadow
Grasses in the meadow – morning dew
Dew drops on a meadow grass
Knock-out rose bud
Asiatic lily and birches
The Carolina wrens getting breakfast
Wow. Usually August is dog days, hot hazy humid.. its not over yet but it sure has been gorgeous in my neck of the woods. The daylilies and dahlias continue and phlox are blooming.
Faith’s phlox – these are from friend Faith’s garden. They are extremely fragrant and don’t seem to get mildew.
My grandmother’s white phlox – these came from her garden
Care for something tropical? The elephant ears are getting pretty big and the succulents are thriving
These hardy hibiscus were here when we moved in
When the weather is this nice, dinner al fresco is in order
The veggie bounty is coming
Tomatoes, beans, peppers, eggplant, blueberries, squash, cukes, herbs…
And a platter of daylilies…
There have been quite a few visitors to the garden lately.. and not the two legged kind.
Can you find the hummingbird in this photo?
Bet you can’t see Esther hiding in the tall grass either
Dastardly rabbits – so cute but so destructive
A parade of wild turkey toddlers
Carolina wrens have nested in the plants by the front door
Mom and Dad have been very busy with 5 mouths to feed
I must admit that the daylilies really hog the limelight in July, and they are still going strong. However, there were lots of other beautiful blossoms these last few weeks and its time to take a look back
This plant is a Cimicifuga racemosa : also known as Actaea or Bugbane or Black snakeroot.. Mine came from friend Martha about 8 yrs ago and was just 10 inches tall. Now it grows over 8 feet.
the bees love it
Asiatic lily “Casa Blanca”
Bee balm, Phlox and Rudbeckia
Talinum calicynum – the blossoms open at noon and only stay open few hours
This honeysuckle was growing up the porch railings when we moved here. The hummingbirds love it
Lysimachia clethroides – Gooseneck lysimachia. Its a spreader and is taking over in the meadow, popular with bees and butterflies though
A sun-loving Astilbe
Rudbeckia and Shasta daisies
Blue/purple Platycodon from friend Joan C.
Pink Platycodon from friend Camilla
They are still going strong… there are a few late bloomers that popped while we were away last week. There’s is one that I moved last fall called “Greywoods Papa Joe” that didn’t bloom this year.. that happens sometimes.. its a beauty though .. maybe next year…
Whirl of Lace
I took a few “group shots” of the daylily area so you can see the full effect… glorious…..