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Friday, July 15, 2011

Within My Garden Today

There is just too much happening within my garden today for me to go beyond the gate. 
This is a Oriental lily is a true lily (Lillium) as compared to the Day lilies (Hemerocallis) I showed you Tuesday.
My mother gave me this plant several years ago after being so thrilled by one given to her by her son-in-law, John.
The bloom is long-lasting and smells ever so sweet in the evening just before the dew begins to fall.
A new Daylily bloomed yesterday. I think this was a natural cross from some of my others. It appeared as a small sprout that I couldn't bear to throw out during a bout with thinning. I planted it in a new bed beside an azalea that eventually died. 
After finally reaching maturity, the understated blooms, though unexciting are a nice accent mark in a bed filled with Black-eyed susans and Coneflowers.
Other blooms I discovered this morning as wet grass began to hide my shoes were Bronze fennel . . .
. . . though I think this one is a cross of Fennel and Dill. I read that they shouldn't be grown too close together because you may end up with a plant that is a little of both but actually neither.  I still use it in cooking when the recipe doesn't need to be too specific.
Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) is making its second appearance in a weedy bed that was partially mowed in Spring.
Though it looks much like the invasive Dames rocket (Hesperis matronalis) this one came from a seed packet. I planted the seeds myself.
Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
and what is probably a Gloriosa Daisy ( Thanks fairegarden  for the ID. - anyone, always feel free to help.)
are helping Coneflowers (Echinacea) to boldly call in butterflies.
This delicate Coreopsis relative does its part to brighten up a corner. Seeds from an ancestor were filched from a restaurant's flowerbed years ago.
It has been good summer for color. 
One last look before we go . . .








Thanks for joining me. See you in the ether on Monday!
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16 comments:

Karen said...

Oh, there sure is a lot going on in your gardens today. So much beauty. I love the pink oriental lily and all the rudbeckias and just the entire colorful stand of flowers you shared. This is the best time of year in the garden, wish it lasted much longer!

texwisgirl said...

beautiful and lush! SO pretty! love the stargazer lily. just beautiful.

Ashley Sisk said...

I love Lillies - they're my favorite. So beautiful.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Just beautiful. This is my type of garden. :)

Kathy said...

Your flowers are beautiful, especially those gorgeous lilies.

Fairegarden said...

I love those long views, what a gorgeous garden you have! The swaths of daylilies is divine. The unidentified flower looks to be a gloriosa daisy, a type of Rudbeckia hirta. The anise looks a lot like bronze fennel? Again, all are superb and the shots are beautiful.
Frances

Beyond My Garden said...

Oh, fairiegarden, you are right. Bronze fennel. I got mexed up.

Dean said...

Beautiful set of images, Nellie. Only wish my garden was as colourful.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what a beautiful garden with so many gorgeous flowers!

beautiful flower photography!!

have agreat weekend!

betty

RedPat said...

Another lovely tour! I adore the lilies.

Yes our subway platforms are pretty clean although we are all always complaining about some of the grime in the stations!

Out on the prairie said...

Your unknown is a rudebeckia. Dames rocket has 4 petals where phlox has 5.It still catches my eye along the road, but i have helped pull lots.I put in a bunch of the pink orientals this year also. Your cranes make me think about 10 sandhills I saw who live on a marsh over by Tama.I wanted to go back over, but they got bad weather and the closest park was closed and motels full.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Very cheerful series !
Thanks a great weekend to you ...

Cheryl said...

Your gardens are full of colour....I should imagine they are like a piece of artwork :)

Oriental lillies are delightful. I just love them on warm evenings, when their scent seems to follow you around the garden. I grow them, but they are often attacked by the lily beetle. This year has been a good year and there is no damage....hooooooray.


Raining here.....enjoy your sunny weather.

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Les said...

I love those first lilies, they look like Stargazers, which we used a lot of in our wedding. The smell alone makes them worth planting.

Rose said...

You have some great shots from your garden....