Sunday, July 27, 2008

What is blooming... this week?

Daylilies

When you plan a garden you have to take into account the ebb and flow of what is happening in each part of the flowering season. It seems a bit like composing to me. All that rearranging I did last week will help fine tune the flow from one bloom cycle to another. I like to plan for as many cycles of bloom as possible. I love my spring flowers, my early summer crescendo, the steadier pace of summer, then a little rest, and we have the final display of fall glory. It seems like every flower gives its last and best effort just before the show ends, especially the roses. Their colors go deeper and richer...just a bit of heaven. Of course some plants only bloom in the fall. I do like waiting for those vibrant colors of fall mums, and asters too.

One of the things I pay particular attention to in my garden is what is blooming in August. Since it is a generally a slower month. There are some flowers that do well here in our hot desert days, and cool desert nights. Going to the nursery during the different bloom cycles also help me to see what could be going on in my garden at any particular season. I have been surprised this time around at how many new and improved plants that have hit the market.


Agastaches (lemon scented)
These last two plants are some of my favorite late summer bloomers for this region.

This Russian Sage, is just starting it's show and will give me color all the way through fall.

...and this white phlox is one of my "I would not be with out" plants. I use to cut the blooms off when they first faded, and then one lazy summer I found that they kept putting bloom out. All I had to do was pluck off the faded flowers and more were coming right behind the first flush. This plant also blooms all the way to fall for me. For some reason I did not bring many starts of this plant with me, and it has taken me a bit to build up supply. This is one of the first starts I planted. Both this one and the Russian Sage work very well with the roses. Of course the roses reign supreme in my garden, all else is there as filler or background support : ]

If you have some garden show stoppers blooming right now in your garden, please do share with all of us? What is blooming in Your Garden right now?

15 comments:

Dee Dee said...

Oh my, I do love Daylilies and yours are just beautiful. They bloom in the spring, or early summer here. Tropical gardens are so completely different. Sandy soil is so unkind to different types of flowers. As a rule, we set out bedding plants in early spring and they continue to grown and bloom all summer long. In the winter, we pull up the withered plants and set out petunias, pansies, snapdragons, marigolds etc......these bloom and thrive all winter long. I will redo my large pots at the end of the summer. I do miss planting bulbs and watching them come up at certain times. Nature is such fun to watch no matter where we live. BTW...I have some Mexican Sage that is doing quite well and is very similiar to your Russian Sage...how fun to share our gardens...I'll try to post garden photos soon...Good Blessings today..

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Beautiful day lilies! Mine are nearly spent, which reminds me...I'm supposed to be making a rice salad for supper garnished with a day lily. Gotta run!

Barbara said...

I can't believe just how much you have to show in your garden after such a short time. Beautiful.

The Texican said...

Reminds me of my childhood when I was told by a matronly landlady to "Stay out of my Day Lilies." You have a real flair with the flowers. Pappy

Charm and Grace said...

Beautiful daylilies and that white phlox is amazing. I will definitely have to check into getting some. Loved your "Leaning..." post yesterday, too. Relaxing in the Everlasting Arms is the best place to be. Thank you so much for your sweet prayer today. It really meant so much after being out all day, to come home, check my e-mail, and see your prayer. Thanks for taking the time to do that. I pray you will have a blessed week.

Christi

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Knitting Mania said...

Great show sis!!! Your garden is a work of art...can't wait to see it in a few weeks!

Hugs!

nanatrish said...

What stunning photographs of your flowers! They are such gorgeous vivid colors and when you said the one was lemon scented that jumped out to me. Isn't God good to give us these beautiful creatures to stir so many of our senses? He knows just what makes us happy.

Sara said...

Your garden is always such a joy to see. I can understand how you "paint" its colors throughout the year. What a pleasure it must be to you; I can understand the creative urge to reveal beauty, though where gardening is concerned I certainly don't have the knack myself.

Lemon scented lilies - heavenly!

Barbara said...

Cindy I have an award for you.

Judy said...

Beautiful daylilies...I have a whole bed of the purply ones with the yellow throat (they are called little grapette). Phlox are wonderful...my mom had huge beds of them on shades of pink, mauve and white. The Russian sage looks interesting...I'm not familiar with that plant.

Thanks for sharing your amazing blooms with us.

Nadine said...

Your garden is beautiful. I need lots of help - what's blooming is weeds...lots and lots of weeds. LOL.

I love your magic touch.

CIELO said...

Your garden is looking great! Aren't daylilies the best! they make such a great addition to the garden!

Have a lovely day, sweet gardener...

cielo

Jenna said...

Of course i love the lilies!!!!!! =] missing lovely smells like lilies and fress air!! Seriously what a blessing to have fresh air!

nanatrish said...

Thanks for visiting me. I can't wait for Sunday to see your work. You have been tagged. Drop over and check it out.

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