Friday, July 1, 2011
Some Summer Blooms
I thought I'd share with you all a few blooms going on in the garden at Tiger Gardens. Above we have a coneflower (probably 'Magnus') and a cotton candy bloom of Queen of the Prairie (Filapendula rubra).
Daylilies rule the summer and this year they look good (as they did last year).
I transplanted most of my mophead hydrangeas this spring, but this one escaped the big move and has rewarded me with lots of blooms. I love hydrangeas! The little coneflower next to it is also a favorite plant. It is 'Harvest Moon' coneflower and looks great near the blue hydrangea. 'Highland Lord' daylily, veronica, impatiens, and a variegated miscanthus round out this picture of part of the Sunny Perennial Border in front of the vegetable garden.
More veronica and a dwarf white phlox 'Flame White'. Some of the phlox is suffering from powdery mildew this year. Not complaining though-bring on the rains.
'Moonbeam' coreopsis is one of my longest blooming perennials. It and veronica hold the borders all season long and make a great match.
A long shot toward the greenhouse looking across the Sunny Perennial border, the Rear Center Garden and past our new patio area. More on that later as today I'm showing just a sneak peek since the patio is not quite done. Mr. Fix-it is working on it though.
Crinums are scattered all over the gardens. I really must consolidate them because planting them the way I have does not do them justice at all. My issue is the bulbs are SO big and there is such little room in the soil for big bulbs without disturbing established perennials that I get lazy and tuck the crinums wherever there seems to be an empty spot.
Looking toward the back of the yard along the Rear Center Garden-sunny side. Groups of daylilies along with alliums and other perennials comingle in this garden happily. I worked hard last summer to design the clumps of flowers for long term interest. This garden is tough because it is under the trees and suffers several blank spots in July and August during our droughty periods.
Looking back toward the house at the same side of the Rear Center Garden. Here you can see the daylily groups. Sedum, asters, gloriosa daisies, peonies, irises, mums, and shrubs round out this side of the garden.
I love my orange and pink combinations. This grouping is in the Greenhouse Garden. The astilbes are one of my favorite perennials. Once the flowers pass by they will remain looking good for a very long period of time. All they need is a moist area in shade or part sun.
Here we are sitting on our new patio-which is not finished yet. This patio is built in a natural amphitheater like area in the middle of our backyard. We are looking out from under the mature oaks toward the Sunny Perennial and Vegetable Garden. The vegetable garden is doing fine. I should do a post on it but I have no camera with which to take pictures:(. I've harvested cucumbers, potatoes, and peas. The red cabbages are ready to eat and so are the blueberries. Unfortunately the only ones eating the blueberries are the robins. They are bold little boogers who love eating the blueberries and when I try to chase them off they simply fly about two feet away and sit there scolding me. I don't mind sharing but I would like to eat at least ONE blueberry from my garden this year.
It is not too late to sow another succession of cucumbers, squash, and corn if you are of the mind I've already sown mine. I am so excited I got it all done too because I am usually very bad about successive sowings. I expect I'll still be enjoying fresh cucumbers and squash all the way to frost. I do not grow corn in my garden. I also sowed some pumpkins, carrots, and kuri squash. We'll see how they do.
Okay, here is a sneak peek at the new patio area. Right now it is simply a gravel patio until we decide on a patio stone and have the time to finish it all. The firepit is the center of the patio and Mr. Fix-it out did himself when he built this firepit. I'll post more on it later. It is not finished because we still have to cover the cinder blocks with faux stone. This patio is about 20 feet in diameter, maybe larger. We spread eight TONS of gravel on it in order to level it. Mr. Fix-it had to build a wall around it on the low side first. While this patio is not finished it is still a wonderful spot to sit in the shade and enjoy looking out....
into the garden.....
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