As I've been looking around the yard lately I'm really happy with how much is still blooming or just started to bloom. I can't remember having such a full yard this time of year before. I think part of it is that I've been planning my planting to have flowers blooming throughout as much of the year as possible. I also think that the long, warm and dry summer we had played a big part in it too. I've been taking lots of pictures so that this winter when I'm feeling like winter won't ever end, I can look back at all the flowers that will be coming. A few days ago when the weather was cool I started thinking about fall, but yesterday as I looked around I started thinking, "Why am I rushing fall?"
The garden is still going strong, so I will enjoy it as long as it lasts.
Sunflower 'Mammoth' reaching for the sky.
Cleome 'Rose Queen' has never done better. I've planted it other years and it didn't do much, this year it's gotten tall and bloomed for a long time. I know not everyone cares for the smell, but I almost like it now. Verbena bonariensis and Dahlias are blooming in the background.
A hardy fuchsia in the entry garden. I just planted this one last year.
Ornamental Strawberry (fragaria ananassa)'Lipstick' (light pink) and 'Pink Panda' (dark pink) are reblooming and there are lots of juicy (edible) red strawberries. They are by the driveway, which is a place that gets especially hot, and the smell of the berries just carries all through the area. I have it growing under a pink rose.
Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) has been blooming for many months.
Rudbeckia 'Rustic Colors' is a new favorite.
Dahlia 'Onesta' has such pretty coloring, this was in the shade when I took the picture. The colors really stand out here.
Calibrachoa that got plopped in this blue pot ended up doing great. The Littlest Gardener added a pink bubble wand for a little art.
Caryopteris 'Worcester Gold' up close. I bought this many years ago with no clue about what I was buying. This is a deciduous shrub which blooms later in the summer.
Here's the whole shrub. The honeybees are covering it, so if they are missing from your garden it's because they are here, on this plant.
Thanks to Tootsie at Tootsie Time who hosts Fertilizer Friday every week. Visit her to see more gardeners and their beautiful gardens.