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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Sunny Flowers from Sunny Summer Days

The rainy weather and "normal" temperatures seem to be headed back our way, so why not take a look back at some sunny blooms from summer's past? These flowers all came from the July of 2009 version of my garden, some are annuals and others are perennials and some are somewhere in between!  The in between flowers are generally perennials but tend to be short lived or just marginally hardy.  This rudbeckia (I believe) is called 'Cappuccino'.  Perfect for starting off a post on a rainy morning! I planted it from seed.  Sunflowers are always an easy way to brighten up the garden. They add a height element that can attract the eyes as well as the bees! Zinnias are simply an awesome summer flower.  Easy to grow!  So what if zinnias get powdery mildew, just space them out well and enjoy the beauty they add to the garden.  Zinnias…

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Randomness Around the Garden

This was one of those weekends where my garden time was fairly limited. I still managed to get outdoors some and accomplish a few little things. The biggest task was putting together the garden cart for my mower. It took almost two hours. That's probably where most of my outdoor time went but when it comes to paying the store $20 or doing the job myself I'd rather keep the money in my pocket! I did take a few minutes to photograph some of what's going on in the garden. The self-sowing celosia is looking great! This particular flower is almost in the shape of a crown. I planted celosia two years ago here and it has taken off.  Be warned because it could become invasive if you allowed it to run amok. Of course it's easy enough to control with just a little bit of manual labor. The crape…

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July and Some Summer Blooms

To say that this month has been difficult is an understatement. My time in the garden has been minimal and its current state is more akin to a wild meadow (and that's being kind) than a well tended garden at the moment. Fortunately we still have some very reliable blooming flowers to show for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. I've included some links to my previous posts about these flowers that you are more than welcome to visit. If not just enjoy the blooms! Pink Gladiolas Celosia Russian Sage (Propagate Russian Sage, More on Russian Sage) Blue Morning Glory Pinkish-Purplish Crape Myrtle (Propagate Crape Myrtle) Purple Homestead Verbena (More on Purple Homestead Verbena, How to Propagate Purple Homestead Verbena) Lots of Zinnias! Red Zinnia Pink Zinnia Yellow Zinnia Sunflower! Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

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‘Primal Scream’ Daylily AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

The other day I mentioned I had another daylily that was about to bloom called 'Primal Scream', well that daylily is screaming now! 'Primal Scream' has large orange blooms that have faint hints of reddish coloring in the outer edges of the petals and a more true orange color the further toward the center. I planted my 'Primal Scream' daylily in the birdbath garden which unfortunately no longer has a birdbath. The soldering fell apart around the bracket that held the copper birdbath onto the post. One of these days I'll get around to repairing the old copper birdbath or maybe I'll find a new one. A Master Gardener who lives nearby recently invited our garden club to visit his garden that houses over 600 daylily varieties. I've been very curious about his garden for a while now and hope to make a stop up there while the daylilies are…

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California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica)

Last year I bought a packet of California poppy seeds. I planted the poppy seeds in the fall just like I do my red corn poppies and here they are now. The blooms are bright and nothing short of spectacular. The foliage isn't too shabby either. It reminds me very much of the foliage of my 'Powis castle' artemisia, silvery in hue with feather like leaves. Most of the California poppies I planted are in a front garden area I started also in the fall. The poppies provide some late spring and early summer color in this garden. I planted a few 'Caradonna' salvias from cuttings nearby which actually became enveloped by the poppies. Behind them both is a 'Golden Jubilee' Agastache and the blade like leaves of several irises. Next year this whole garden should look like river of flowers going from daffodils in early spring to irises in…

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A Few Nifty June Flower Photos

The month of June brings many new blooms to the garden. Summer blooming perennials are filling the garden with color. Everywhere you look plants are flowering. Here are a few perennial photos of what is blooming in the garden right now! Beautyberry BushThe beautyberry bush is well known for it's berries but those berries have to start somewhere. This beautyberry bush is covered with small white flowers waiting to be pollinated to produce loads of purple clustered berries in the fall. A must have in my garden! By the way now is a good time to start propagating beautyberry from cuttings. Butterfly BushWhat's easy to grow, deer resistant, a butterfly magnet, and puts our beautiful flowers all summer long? It must be a butterfly bush! DaylilyThe classic daylily! Daylilies look great, flower profusely, and divide easily for more plants later. There's a lot to like about daylilies! St. John's WortThis…

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How a Crape Myrtle Should Be Pruned

You hear about it all the time crape myrtles being unceremoniously chopped off before they can become what they should be. This pruning method is best known as crape murder. The result of crape murder is a plant that ends up with lollipop like flowering tops with branches that flop all around in the slightest breeze. Can you tell I'm not a fan? But I am a fan when the pruning is done right. That means allowing 1, 3, or 5 stems to grow into a multibranched tree. It's a fantastic sight, when done right: Here's an example of crape myrtle pruning gone right! This crape myrtle at my parent's house has been a allowed to grow into a full size tree. The suckers get cleaned up regularly and dead branches get pruned every now and then. This particular tree lost it's other main branch because of the freeze of…

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