Tuesday, August 16, 2011

An Overdue August Update

No - I did not go down to the sea, disappear, never to be seen again. Have been busy at work - with a new boss just arrived - always a scary thing! And of course busy with the garden - I always start too much from seed, buy too much from local sources and online, and then panic where to put everything. I never learn!


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A view of the back porch - blooms everywhere!

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A gift from a friend: an old aquarium which will become my winter project: a terrarium!

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Mr. Poole suspects a groundhog is living under the garden shed.
He was right!

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A couple of lilies that survived the annual onslaught of the dreaded red lily beetle.

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Dahlia: Hawaii

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I love love love Daylies: another addiction!

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I must have Elephant Ears every year - I love their tropical look.

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Another annual must have: Oxalis Iron Cross.
What started with 5 little bulbs many years ago, now multiplies happily every year, overwintering and resting in the basement of course.


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Collarette dahlia: Fantastico.
Fantastic indeed!

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Daylily grown from seed several years ago.

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Lots of these this year - and as much I hate the damage they do, I equally hate stepping on them - I feel sorry.

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The fabulous and fiery Frans Hals - which has grown into a fertile and floriferous clump.

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Seedlings trio, I have named Burgundy Peach.


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I even had a few Amaryllis bloom this summer.
This is Dancing Queen beginning to unfurl.

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The Rev is still snacking al fresco, whilst neighbor cat
Noomi hopes for leftovers.

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Million Bells (Callibrachoa) with Flowering Maple in the background. It was a bare twig to be thrown out in the spring which magically sprang to life in the summer sun and heat.


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Mouthwatering Daylily Strawberry Candy.

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Longfellow lounges.

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Cedar Cup - same family as Malva (Hollyhock and Flowering Maple)
Isn't that center penta-star lovely?

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Every year I grow Four O'Clocks from seed and then save the tubers much like dahlias.

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This variety is the vibrant Limelight. Regular FOC's have darker foliage and with this type, makes for a lovely combination.

More to come!

6 comments:

  1. I've been waiting for your garden photos...it was worth the wait! Buying/seeding too much is the sign of a true gardener and look at the harvest. Everything is beautiful. I especially like the dahlias (I'm too lazy to dig them up each fall) and the oxalis.
    Glad you're getting settled in with the new boss.

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  2. Beautiful blooms...love that Four O'Clock...I HAVE to keep an eye out for seed of that one next year!

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  3. Watch the kitties around lily plants. They are very toxic to them.

    Lovely plants and garden.

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  4. I commented last week through my mobile phone - but for some reason my profile wasn't recognised...and my comment disappeared into oblivion! ;-(

    I'm really soft with snails too - even though they try and eat everything I grow, I too hate treading on them...and tend to carry them over into the field behind instead!

    Some beautiful blooms - all looking stunning. I particularly love those daylillies.

    x

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  5. Your garden is so beautiful! I love daylilies, I have only one variety - but when I look at your plants - I want to buy some more varieties for my garden :)

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