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Perennials and their interesting leaves


1a lt phlox

light pink Phlox

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2a dk phlox

dark pink Phlox

2b dk phlox3a oriental poppy

Oriental Poppy

3b oriental poppy4a dk astrantia

dark burgundy Astrantia

4b dk astrantia5a white astrantia

white Astrantia

5b white astrantia6a pink coneflower

pink Coneflower – hummingbirds and insects like these flowers

6b pink coneflower7a lupine

Lupine – these plants produce tall spikes of flowers in many pastel shades, plus dark purple and combinations of colors – this one will have red spikes

7b lupine8a veronica

Veronica – these come in many shades of pinks, blues, purples, and white

9a hosta

Hosta – this plant will produce thin purple flower spikes

9b hosta10a delphinium

Delphinium – the flowers on these plants come in blues, pinks and whites – the flower spikes are quite tall and the hummingbirds love them- this plant will have blue flowers

10b delphinium11a columbine

Columbine – these plants come in a wide variety of pastel colors- they have small flowers on this stems – this one is white – the flowers will be opening up in a few more days

11b columbine12a clematis

Clematis – wonderful climbing vine – these come in a wide variety of colors and can be double or single blooms – this one is a bright pink

12b clematis


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June 24: blue, pink and more

Blue Delphinium.  I call this my blue forest.  These plants have been planted here for over 3 years.  I started them from seed.  They are very well adapted to the soil and have been getting pretty tall every year- the tallest spikes are about 6 feet.  There are enough plants together that even when the wind blows they are not getting toppled over.  I’m really enjoying all the shades of blue.  It is interesting that the darkest blue flowers have a very dark center and the lighter blue ones have a white center.  Lots of insects like these flowers and so do the Hummingbirds.

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Yellow Coneflower and Dahlia bud.  The yellow coneflower is a new plant this year.  I put it in next to the yellow Coreopsis and Black-Eyed Susan, which is also yellow.  I like that this plant has a lighter and creamy yellow color.  I’m paying special attention to it because the leaves are curved in like it doesn’t quite like where it is.

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Two Dahlia buds.  Each of these plants has been in the ground for 2 winters, their third summer in this spot.  Keeping them in the ground gives them a head start in the growing season.  Many dahlias that have just been planted in May won’t be blooming until late July.  The garden bed where these plants are is raised a bit and on a small slope so they have wintered over well in place.  My goal is to keep as many dahlias in ground over winter as possible.  Digging them up and storing them is not a guarantee that they will survive any better, and its a lot of work.

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Two Dahlias about to bloom.

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Four different Dianthus.  Common names for Dianthus are: Carnation and Pinks.  They are in the same family as Sweet William.  These Dianthus are perennial, meaning they come back from the roots each year.    I have had each of these plants is 3-4 years.  They are doing well and expanding quite a bit, so in the fall I will be moving a few of them to avoid the over-crowding.  They smell very fragrant!  The leaves/plant is a sort of gray color.  These varieties are compact and bushy and not great for cutting.  The primary maintenance is just to trim all the flowers off after they are done and dried- with sharp shears it only take a minute per plant.  If you are looking for a hardy ground cover or rockery plant, I recommend giving this plant a try.

Happy summer!!

June 23, Summer is finally here

We are now officially in summer!  The dahlias are growing steadily and putting on their buds.  Two of my plants that I left in ground over winter are already blooming, and more buds will be opening every day now.  Once the dahlias get into full bloom the variety of color in the garden will get even more amazing.

Here are a few photos of what is blooming and about to bloom.

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Red Raspberry.  This one will be ready in a few days.

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Red Raspberry.  This one is ripe with the perfect color and ready to eat.  In fact, I did eat it!  Yummy.  It was the first red raspberry to ripen this year, most of the other berries have not even started to turn red yet.

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Close-up of same red Dahlia.

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Astrantia (pink) and Veronica (blue)

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White Oriental Poppy.

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Pink Coneflower.

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Queen of the Prairie.

below: Hydrangea

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Delphinium and Coreopsis.

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after getting caught nibbling on the apple tree … getting out of town quickly