Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer Blooms

It is hard to believe we are almost to mid-August.
It has been a while since I shared photos of my garden
so I thought it was time
to give you a glimpse of what is currently blooming.

Let's begin by walking down the path to our front door.


One of my favorite perennials planted in this area
is named Sentimental Blue Platycodon.  


Another view of this plant shows some of the flowers
just before they open.
At this stage, the buds look like balloons.


This season I planted quite of bit of the deep rose Verbena
 that you can see in many of these photos. 
While the flowers are charming when in bloom,
I have yet to see everything blooming at once.
Unfortunately, the bunny population
finds these flowers make a delicious supper.  


The flowers in front of the garden statue
is Opal Innocence Nemesia.
This is an annual in our area with a long bloom cycle,
from planting until we have a hard frost.
This truly was a carefree annual.


Rose Satin Althea Rose of Sharon will greet you
as you enter our back yard.  
This shrub was just planted last Fall
and it was slow to leaf out this Spring
so I wasn't certain it survived.
I was happy to finally see green leaves sprouting
and delighted to see it flowering now.  


Fragrant bottlebrush-shaped flowers
adorn the Ruby Spice Summersweet bush.
I have to be watchful of the bees who frequently visit.


Let's Dance Starlight Hydrangea has showy bright pink flowers.


The Endless Summer Hydrangea appears to have multiple color blooms on the same plant.
The bloom begins as a creamy white, 
turning to pale lavender and then a brighter purple-rose color.
The close-up photos that follow
better represent the color variation.





I enjoyed showing you around the summer garden.
Please stop by again.


Until next time, live and love well.


Joining 
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E

16 comments:

Aledia said...

What a very pretty garden....my favorite is the Sentimental Blue Platycodon. How lovely....

Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful night, Thank You also for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment!
(hugs)
Aledia

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Your August gardens still look very lush and healthy!

Judy Bigg said...

Wow your August garden looks beautiful. The hot dry summer doesn't seem to affect them at all.

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Debra! Thanks for the lovely tour of your summer garden. Your hydrangeas look so healthy, mine are fried! Hope you'll come visit my garden post. Have a great week! Gina

Celestial Charms said...

Such a beautiful garden. Lovely variety of colors and blooms. It must be so delightful to take a stroll there.
Maureen

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Just gorgeous. I think I could almost smell your garden! Mine is not doing too well with in all this heat.

allisamazing said...

Your flowers are beautiful. Mine are suffering heat stroke right now.

The French Hutch said...

Your garden is beautiful. I love all your flowers, the hydrangea and verbena are my favorites.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Chenille Cottage said...

Such delicate blooms...Each one unique and beautiful!
Thank you for sharing your garden with all of it's lovely color and detail.
Blessings and thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comment.
Carolynn

Linda said...

Such beautiful flowers. Your photos are outstanding. I am really enjoying their beauty.

Andy David said...

Hello.
My first time here. Visiting from Kathe's blog hop.

You have a beautiful garden. Love your flowers...some of my favorite colors too. I can imagine myself lounging there getting lots of poetic inspiration from all the beautiful blooms (smile). Nice photos. Thanks for sharing.

E is for: The Eyes Of Life

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Debra, your garden is lovely - the color choices are quite enchanting. I am so glad you visited that I might return the call to be your newest follower,
Kathy

Andy David said...

Dear Debra,
I am stopping to say that I am sorry for I accidentally deleted your beautiful comment when you stopped by my blog. I requesting that you stop by again so I can have the same smile after you first left. Thanking you in advance.

Andy David said...

Dear Debra,
Thank you for returning with such beautiful words. I look forward to also enjoying many more of your priceless work (smile).

Jann Olson said...

Your summer blooms are gorgeous. I always love the uniqueness of the balloon flower. I have a purple Rose of Sharon and love how they bloom all summer long. Your garden statues amongst all of your beautiful blooms are so fun. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
Hugs,
Jann

Sue said...

Hydrangea anything melts my heart. We have a rose of sharon tree that is blooming well. The flowers are all beautiful and I love the statue.

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