Archive for July, 2009

Flower-strewn path (or is it Flower-grown path?)

July 26, 2009
Verbena completely covers the path

Verbena completely covers the path

This is actually a picture of the path.  These verbena have been blooming all spring and summer.  I try very hard to get plants that are perennial or self-seeding in order to minimimze the work required to maintain the garden.  These perennials were an excellent choice that seem to work well.

Rudbeckia Cheer has been Delivered!

July 25, 2009
Tiger Eye Rudbeckia

Tiger Eye Rudbeckia

This Tiger Eye Rudbeckia arrived on my doorstep today from one of my favorite friends, Lori, to provide some perkiness during a “challenging” week.  They are still rooted in soil, so I can transplant them to the garden!  Rudbeckia are famous for loving heat (which we have a lot of now).  I am auditioning various sunny spots around the Labyrinth Garden before choosing the best location.

Welcome to the Jungle

July 24, 2009
When summer heat becomes oppressive, the labyrinth goes untrimmed

When summer heat becomes oppressive, the labyrinth goes untrimmed

Where’s the Labyrinth?  It’s under all that growth.  As the summer heat rises, I do less and less trimming.  About this time of year, the paths become so overgrown I can’t walk the Labyrinth.  But I do enjoy the blooms.  If I do get the urge to walk the Labyrinth, I take a pair of scissors and prune as I go.  Afterward all my friends get bouquets in old jelly jars.  What fun!

Wasn’t there a flower here just one minute ago?

July 23, 2009
Turk's Cap blooms peek out from under bright green leaves.

Turk's Cap blooms peek out from under bright green leaves.

I love this plant!  A neighbor gave this to me last year for taking care of her garden while she was on vacation.  The mixing of the shades of orange-red blooms and green leaves is perfect.  And the blooms have a way of hiding under the leaves.  Like peek-a-boo, first you see them, then you don’t.  I love these flowers.  I’m not sure how they propagate, but I want more of them.

Butterfly Friends

July 22, 2009
A beautiful visitor to the Labyrinth Garden.

A beautiful visitor to the Labyrinth Garden.

Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, cardinals, blujays, and sparrows frequently visit the Labyrinth Garden.  I love it when they come and stay for awhile.  A pair of predominantly orange butterflies have been visiting for about a week now.  I hadn’t been able to catch them on camera, so I finally just took the camera outside, turned it on, and said “Would you please come over here and be still so I can take your picture?”  One of them did.