Friday, August 20, 2010

What's blooming now

It's Fertilizer Friday again!  Click on the icon to see what everyone has blooming in their gardens this week!

'Virgin' echinacea
'Twilight' Echinacea
Unsure of variety of hydrangea, but love the aging color!
Still learning how to use the extension tubes for super-duper Joel captured some butterflies in action.
They don't like to sit still for very long, do they?

Bee and Zahara Zinnia

This one was shy about showing his colors...........
Butterfly wing
Look how fuzzy he is!
More annuals on Pachyberm
Sweet potato vine, Carex 'Ice Fountains', seed heads of Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' and 'Victoria' Salvia with rocks

Pinus strobus 'Blue Shag' dwarf conifer
Late afternoon near Formal Garden
Quarry pond, looking west
View from East berm
Waterlilies put on new leaves and blooms
Second sweet potato and Miscanthus 'Morning Light'----this is the first time I was able to overwinter this grass, don't know what I'm doing wrong, but at least this one survived last winter.
Looking back through the gate--there's that stone house foundation......another job we have to finish!
Pachyberm from east side
What the garden looks like to me without my glasses----hey, I don't see ANY weeds!!!

What the garden looks like from the Chicken Cam---------no, my hens don't wear a camera, but  this is what they'd see if they did.
If my chickens could fly, this is what they'd see....oh, dear, the Riverbed kind of looks like a large bug..........HMMMMMMM..........kinda creepy.
Joel climbed up on the garage roof for this picture...we're gonna try this again on a brighter day.
Ok, enough already........I have to get some sleep tonight.  Somehow or other it seems I have contracted either poison ivy or some other itchy, annoying rash or bug bite on the tops of my feet and ankles.  I am so sick of scratching this summer, but the mosquitoes are non-stop.  Oh, well, could always be worse! 

We did another round of demolition in the garden tonight, I will post about it next time.  We really do not like to saw down trees, but sometimes we have to.

More on that to come.

Now head on over to Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday and see some gorgeous gardens!



Ellada said...

I love the bed flowers with the rocks, it's fantastic.

FlowerLady said...

Another gorgeous tour. What a nice thing to see this morning. Everything is so lush looking.


Granny Lyn's Garden said...

Touring your gardens is such a treat for the eyes. You should be soooooo proud!

Beth said...

I really like Pachyberm - now that is a beautiful place! Pretty zinnias and echinacea too, and those little cherubs in the first photo are adorable. Karen your gardens are absolutely fabulous! I can't wait to see the video from public tv!
Blessings and hugs, Beth

Catharine said...

I dont normally say oooooh and aaaaaaah but for these I will! Almost a surfeit of images.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Karen, your garden looks wonderful, love those echinaceas! Fantastic butterfly photos and that great overhead picture.


Sue said...

MY COMMENT--WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

noel said...


i'm enjoying your garden views this morning...what an impressive tour, i love all the areas with your amazing rocks...its such wonderful hardscaping, it really makes your flowers stand out.

thanks for sharing that with us today

Alison said...

You have such a beautiful garden! I just love looking at your photos. What are the two plants with the big leaves behind the "bug's" eyes, in that picture taken from the garage roof?

Karen said...

Thank you all for such wonderful comments! As I write this at 7PM Friday night, we are being just pounded by one severe thunderstorm after another, so I guess it's a good thing I took the pictures when I did. I think the garden is just about done for the year now.

So far, we have received 3" of rain in the last two hours and it is showing no sign of letting up. Emergency crews are blocking roads near here due to flooding and there has been much wind damage, too.

I haven't had a chance to survey how much damage we have had yet, because it's raining too hard.

Oh, before I forget, the two big plants are castor beans--I wish I knew what variety, but they were given to me by a friend who said they were called 'blue' castor beans. I should post a picture of the stems, they really do look rather blue and so do the leaves in the right light. I was hoping the seed pods would mature so I could collect some for next year; we'll see if this next storm leaves anything standing. :-(

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful garden. It looks like you put a lot of love into it.

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK Real Estate Info for the Sandwich Generation said...

What lovely pictures of flowers and butterflies! I especially loved the 'Virgin' echinacea. And your flower bed does, indeed, look like a lovely river flowing through your back yard. :)

Zoey said...

I love to look at your garden, Karen. Simply gorgeous! It was nice to see the rooftop shots--looking forward to more of them.

Tootsie said...

my word!!!! what a beautiful place!!! it is like heaven on earth in your paradise!!! I am glad you linked in...and am also going to say ...I read a newer post or tow...and I am so glad you got to sit by the pond and enjoy the view...what a beautiful view it is!