An Interesting Zinnia

The other day I was taking the camera out for a walk.  We do that often around here.  Just my camera and me wandering through the garden.  Gazing at flowers, bugs, butterflies, and anything else of interest.  I think you know this already - but I take a lot of pictures!  I stopped by to examine a zinnia intending to take a picture of it to highlight the flower parts for a possible post on hybridization.  I never did any actual hybridization on the zinnia but I did notice something I though was very interesting on this zinnia.  If you take a look in the picture below, pay close attention to the petals. As you get closer to the center of the flower the petals turn a purple color making the zinnia have bi-colored petals! The coloring is very faint but it gives the zinnia an effervescent look in the sunlight.  Looking for…

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In and Around the Garden

The end of August is nearly here and the garden is shaping up for its conclusion.  Hopefully it will be a spectacular finish where the flowers bloom out and blend with the foliage as it turns into flaming reds, oranges, and yellows.  That may be the proverbial pipe dream as the weather has been strange this year and we don't know how well the trees will retain their foliage and what colors they might display.  Cherry tree leaves We're already losing the leaves off of the cherry trees.  They tend to be the first to drop leaves in the fall.  The sassafras trees are beginning to change their coloring as well.  Next week I'll make an announcement about the Fall Color Project that I host each year here at Growing The Home Garden. You'll be able to see autumn foliage from around the country and even in other countries!  For…

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Feels Like a Fall Morning

This morning's cool temperatures made it feel like my favorite season is well on its way.  Of course autumn is coming but the extra cool August temperatures we're having have me hoping for an extended fall season.  Here's a look at a few things from around the garden this morning! 'Arizona Sun' Gaillardia - Blanket Flower is a good native plant to have around.  It works well as a border plant at the front of gardens that tend to be relatively dry.  I've grown 'Oranges and Lemons' before but lost the last one to aster yellows disease.  I've removed every plant I've seen that shows the aster yellows signs so hopefully we're in the clear. 'Primal Scream' daylily - I was surprised a couple weeks ago when I saw another scape growing from this daylily!  I don't think 'Primal Scream' is normally a rebloomer, but maybe I hit the jackpot. …

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August in Bloom in My Tennessee Garden

With summers in Tennessee you never know exactly what your going to get.  Usually you expect dry and hot.  That's a pretty safe bet.  But lately the temperatures have reminded me of fall.  The scents are on the wind.  Fall blooming plants like goldenrod and ironweed are beginning to flower.  The smell of fall is in the air - but summer isn't over yet.  When you add to the more pleasant weather with the rains that have been coming down on a somewhat regular basis you end up with a pretty nice climate for gardening!  Since things have been shaping up in the garden let's take a look around at what is in bloom. Garden Blogger's Bloom Day August 2012 Let's start with the rose pictures!  This rose is a double knockout that really needs a better spot in the sun.  It does seem pretty happy here with morning sun…

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Growing and Blooming Around the Garden

It's time to show you a few pictures of the plants around my garden!  The gardens themselves are in need of weeding, mulch, and assorted other chores I haven't had time to get to yet but that doesn't stop the plants from looking impressive.  Our weather lately has been wetter than normal for August and July.  That's a blessing since June brought us record heat and no rain to speak of.  For many of these plants it's like getting a second spring. I even noticed a new flower scape appearing on my Primal Scream daylily.  I don't have new flowers to show you yet but I think I will soon.  Apparently I have a reblooming one?  I didn't realize it did that! Let's take a quick look around! We'll start with the coleus I grew from seed.  You can really get some impressive looking plants in a short time when…

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Yet Another Arbor!

You can never have enough arbors can you?  Arbors are the perfect portals for gardens.  They define the entrance, create a vertical element of interest, and just look pretty neat!  Today I put together a very simple gateway arbor as an entrance to the shade garden I've built for Lowe's Creative Ideas.  My last arbor used gutters to create planters but this arbor's purpose is to define the entrance to the shade garden.  It will also serve as a way to string a coated wire line around the perimeter of the garden to prevent deer from eating my hostas! The arbor is very simply constructed and from start to finish could easily be done in a single day of work.  In fact you probably could build several of these in that same day. I dug the post holes yesterday.  They weren't too hard to dig back in the shady and…

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Three Favorite July Flowers

It's always nice to have a few flowers that are so extremely reliable that you can count on them even during the most awkward periods of weather.  Recently it's been raining which has been helping us recover from our drought but these flowers were doing great in the drought conditions.  Let's take a look! Orange cosmos is always a standout.  I haven't planted it in a while.  Cosmos is a prolific self sower, but not to the extreme that the beautiful orange flower can't be controlled.  It's a great flower for attracting beneficial insects!   'Black and Blue' salvia gets fairly large and spreads by its roots but will always have a place in my garden.  I've always been a big fan of salvia in general (see my posts Salvias of Fall or How Much Salvia is Enough?) but Black and Blue stands out to me with its dark stems…

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The June Garden: Flower Pictures!

Gladiola Flowers The beginning of June is quite capable of leaving us mesmerized by all the flowers that appear. There's no shortage of blooms for pollinators or for the gardener to gawk at!  So today I'm going to share with you a bunch of blooms.  And I mean a bunch!  I probably took too many photos for this post but there were too many cool flowers to photograph not to share them with you.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do in our garden. I've identified them in captions below the pictures.  (If you use Pintrest you are welcome to pin these photos and this post so you can one day add them to your garden!) 'Paris' Heuchera with a fern Hosta Flower beginning to bud Hummingbird moth on Butterfly Bush Roses with a side order of Japanese Beetles! Lilac verbena Monarda Oak Leaf Hydrangea Purple coneflower…

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8 Things I Learned Over The Weekend

Coral Honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens I had one of those extremely busy weekends.  The kind where you have so much to do you don't know exactly where to start.  When you finally do start you discover that to do one task you have to do another task first. Then when you finally get going you move from one job, to another, to another, and there is no end in sight!  I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about.  But there are a few things I learned over this weekend that I thought I would share with you. Unseasonably warm weather may seem to be a blessing at times but it also brings a bunch of problems.  Foremost is the presence of weeds.  The chickweed has exploded into prolific proportions while other weeds are coming up at least a month early.  Ragweed which usually does begin to grow for a…

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A Few February Photos

The garden is coming alive now that February is in full swing.  The extra warm winter is supposed to become much more normal over the next week but that won't stop our spring growth.  Yesterday I saw the 'Okame' cherries beginning to bloom.  Unfortunately I don't have any here in our garden to show you but it won't be long before I have the 'Yoshino's in bloom.  'Okame's are the first cherry trees to bloom in our area.  The trees I witnessed flowering are located on an island between two sections of asphalt and receive a considerable heat benefit from the blacktop but it won't be long before the trees in our garden begin to bloom.    Here's what's going on in our garden so far! The daffodils are out in force now.  The early flowers are blooming all over the place but many others are only now emerging.  It's…

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