Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - July 2009

This dry spell we had is making a lot of my flowers start to look ragged. The dribbles of rain keeps things hanging on. The butterfly weed doesn't seem to mind. This ragged Pearl Crescent is happy to find the butterfly weed. Another native, Joe Pye Weed, is getting a bee hug. I could just hug them too because they never complain about the weather.

A few Cranesbills are blooming.

I even have some bushes blooming. This is the delicate blooms of the Beauty Berry Bush. These tiny blooms each represent a purple berry that will be on the bush this fall. Yes, I am thinking about fall already.

Liatrus and the Susans are beginning to mingle.

A few daylilies and Jackamanii Clematis are still blooming.

A plant that has surprised me this summer is the Comfrey. It is still blooming. I moved this Comfrey from a position where it was hidden by asters for most of summer. It has taken to its new home and showed its appreciation by blooming all summer so far.

The annual I am most pleased with at this time is this Abutilon. It is performing so well being planted with some ferns and sitting in the shade. There are so many wonderful colors of this annual. I must remember this for next year. There are many more things blooming in the garden. I thought this was enough photos for this post. The tall garden phlox, roses, veronica, hostas, mint, perovskia, etcs and the bushes spirea, kerria, buddlia and wigelia are all keeping the bugs, bees and resident gardener happy.
I hope you are happy with your garden. Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. For more blooms go to Carol's May Dreams Garden.

27 comments:

Gail said...

Good morning~There you are way up there and we have so many blooms in common! What's with our Joe Pyes...ours are blooming and it's only mid July! Beautyberry flowers are so delicate, sometimes I miss them when I am out and about in the garden....The Susans and other big flowers get all the attention! Love your abutilon, I can see why you like it so much.
Have a good day! gail

mothernaturesgarden said...

The abutilon is really nice.

Jamie and Randy said...

Lisa,
I think purples and oranges go together so well. Everything looks beautiful!--Randy

Cicero Sings said...

What a lot of blooms! I was thinking I didn't have many blooms ... but more than I realize.

Love how the Joe Pye Weed was getting a hug.

garden girl said...

Beautiful blooms Lisa. I love comfrey, and may pick one up at the 2-for-one sale at the nursery. Beautyberries have been tempting me too.

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa....the bee photograph is a lovely capture....he looks so comfortable....

Liatris is a plant I love but they do not do well here....I have planted many times, only to lose them.....

I to am thinking of autumn......

Gabrielle said...

Ahhh, joe-pye-weed and butterfly weed are two of my eastern wildflower favorites. Beautiful photos! I am jealous of your garden.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Lisa, I'll send you some of our rain and you send me a couple butterflies. Love that first photo.

I've heard of comfrey but never seen any. Is it grown just for the flowers or do you use it as an herb? Very pretty flower.
Marnie

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... I love that abutilon, too! And anything that earns a "bee hug" gets my vote for being a worthwhile plant, too. :)

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Nice post Lisa good variety and unlike me you know what everything is :)

Phillip said...

I've never grown comfrey. Love abutilons but couldn't find any this year. I hope you get some rain soon. We got some last weekend and more is predicted tomorrow. I was thrilled of course.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Happy Bloom Day! I love your description of a "bee hug," and your photo of the bee is really cute. Thanks for showing the Beauty Berry blooms. I always see photos of only the berries. They remind me of pink shrubby Dogwood flowers.

Rose said...

Ooh, Lisa, I am so envious of that butterfly on your butterfly weed! I am still waiting here for some flutterbys to arrive. Lots of lovely blooms; I've never planted albutilon before, though I've seen it in the garden centers. Could you post more about it some time? I'd really like to know more about it. My coneflowers are getting all the bee hugs these days:)

Jean said...

Lovely critter pictures! Actually, they're all lovely. I like that comfrey. I've never tried it, probably because I wouldn't know what to do with it. But I forget about how nice of a plant it is.

eachlittleworld said...

We have just been getting dribs and drabs of rain, too. But your flowers are looking good — especially that Abutilon. What a sumptuous color!

Shady Gardener said...

I was going to say! You've raised the bar on Bloom Day if the critters have to be color-coordinated with the blossom on which they sit! ;-) Love all your flower photos, but I really enjoyed your first two! Have a great day!

Frances said...

Hi Lisa, your photos are wonderful! Like Gail, I am pleasantly surprised to see how similar your bloomers are to mine. Your garden has certainly caught up to ours, and is surpassing us. Your bee hugger is adorable. :-)
Frances

SandyCarlson said...

Your garden is looking well despite the dryness. I'm telling you, we have water to spare. I should just run a hose across country for you.

healingmagichands said...

I appreciate your self-censorship -- sometimes there are so many blooms pictured that by the time I get to the end of the blog I have forgotten what caught my eye at the beginning.

I really love the bee hug to the joe pye weed. That is a great shot!

shirl said...

Happy GBBD Lisa, brilliant blooms and photos from your garden... so hard to pic a fav this month. I guess if you twisted my arm it would be the Beauty Berry Bush! I wouldn't complain about more photos though :-D

beckie said...

Lisa, I love the look of the orange daylily and the purple clematis together. All of your blooms look great. Hope you get some of thos cool weather for the weekend so you can be out and enjoying. :)

Nan said...

The butterfly weed and the butterfly look like they are all of a piece. Amazing nature shot, Lisa. I love it.

Judy Butler said...

Oh, Lisa. These last two posts are just wonderful. Butterflies, native plants, birds. Wonderful photos. Judy

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

My beauty berry is behind this year, but I LOVE those purple berries later in the season. the most vibrant purple, which I want to hug! :)

studio lolo said...

I'm envious of your garden and your green thumb! Wonderful pics, and I love that you referred to it as a "bee hug" in that photo :)

Lisa, I was blown away by your thoughtful, beautiful gift as well as my "J" atc. I've been without internet since Thursday morning (right after my post.) It was like losing a lifeline!

Everything you did, right down to the card was perfect! I'll write a proper thank you when I find my supplies. Getting that gift really made my day! I'm having a bit of a hard time adjusting, wondering what happened to my life. I do know it will be great though!

Today I get to meet KJ. That will be a trip!

Thanks too, for posting your "Indigo Iris." I hope my scanner will work when I hook it up so I can get my "K" done. "J" had been sent early.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Thanks again!!

Laurel

yoon see said...

Hi Lisa, I really love all these blooms and I can't decide which one to choose. I am greedy, I want all....He..He..
Thanks for your comments.
Happy gardening!

Garden Lily said...

I love the "bee hug" photo.