Garden inspiration! July 2103 version….

As you know, I find so much inspiration in my garden.  You can find it any time of the year, but right now the flowers are the real show.

This year, because of all of the rain we got (!), my flowers have gone nuts.  Of course, so have the weeds – but that is another story!  Since my garden is now 16 years in the making it is mature enough to show subtle and interesting changes each year.  The plants move around, seed themselves beside new friends or make mass plantings of their own design!  The colors are fantastic, as are the shapes.

Take a look:

I only have annuals in containers.  This year, Scott decided he wanted to design some pots - he picked snapdragons!  I particularly love the rich velvety color of these ones.
I only have annuals in containers. This year, Scott decided he wanted to design some pots – he picked snapdragons! I particularly love the rich velvety color of these ones.
I just love these Pincushion flowers!  The color is fantastic, the shape of the flowers is great and I really like their jaunty heads on top of such thin stalks.
I just love these Pincushion flowers! The color is fantastic, the shape of the flowers is great and I really like their jaunty heads on top of such thin stalks.
I've probably shown you this daylily before.  It's one of my favorites.  It really is mango colored; and it is scented - too bad this isn't smell-o-vision!
I’ve probably shown you this daylily before. It’s one of my favorites. It really is mango colored; and it is scented – too bad this isn’t smell-o-vision!
Another pretty daylily, although unscented.  This one is part of a border I made 2 years ago by dividing up my huge mass of daylilies.
Another pretty daylily, although unscented. This one is part of a border I made 2 years ago by dividing up my huge mass of daylilies.
I just love this plant - everything about it is great, from the long strap like leaves, to the arching sprays of cardinal red flowers.  We planted 5 new plants this Sunday - and a hummingbird came a few hours later to check them out!!!  (These are Crocomisia "Lucifer.)
I just love this plant – everything about it is great, from the long strap like leaves, to the arching sprays of cardinal red flowers. We planted 5 new plants this Sunday – and a hummingbird came a few hours later to check them out!!! (These are Crocomisia “Lucifer.)
For a change of pace - subtly different greens and different shaped leaves.  Russian sage, Liatris, with a little hint of Echinacea leaves.
For a change of pace – subtly different greens and different shaped leaves. Russian sage, Liatris, with a little hint of Echinacea leaves.
Another favorite daylily - Catherine Woodward.  Fantastic color, and look at that green throat - plus it is scented!
Another favorite daylily – Catherine Woodward. Fantastic color, and look at that green throat – plus it is scented!
The Echinacea is so happy in my garden - it self seeds like crazy!  The bees like it too.  However, I have seen very few bees this year, which is a bad sign.  My garden is usually FULL of bees.
The Echinacea is so happy in my garden – it self seeds like crazy! The bees like it too. However, I have seen very few bees this year, which is a bad sign. My garden is usually FULL of bees.
I just love this plant - False Sunflower.  It is finally giving me a bigger show this year.  It has fantastic blooms that seem to last a really long time.
I just love this plant – False Sunflower. It is finally giving me a bigger show this year. It has fantastic blooms that seem to last a really long time.

It’s much too hot here to turn on the kiln – so I’ll stick to the garden for my color fix!

How are your flowers doing?

Valerie

 

 

 

 

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