Sunday, July 27, 2014

Daylily Junction

Daylilies are one of my favorite flowers, and Garden Room "Daylily Junction" is where many hemerocallis reside and thrive. It's at its' very best right now. Take a look; let's go for a little walk in the Junction.

Numerous daylilies, liatris, a spruce, our potting shed and the neighbor's barn-shaped garden shed

Such color! The mulch is pine straw, which I rake up in various locations in the fall.

Looking pretty: 'Janice Brown'

Elegant 'Catherine Woodbury'

Name not known

'Perfect Pink Princess'

'Strawberry Candy'

'Todd Monroe'

'Blueberry Candy'

Name not known

Wilson seedling


'Planet Max'

'Julie Fasset'

'Frans Hals'

Just south of Daylily Junction, hydrangea 'Incrediball' combines with butterfly weed and parsley

Cleome self-sows in my summer garden.

Glad you stopped by today. My flowers were glad to see you!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The garden is peaking!

My garden is at its best in July. Lots of echinacea, hemerocallis, monarda, larkspur, zinnias, balsam, phlox,'s all here. I love this time of year at Sunsplash Gardens.

 View from above - evening

 Image from the border gardens

 Also in the border gardens - just to the north of the previous photo. Notice the two types of coreopsis? On the left is 'Zagrebe' and on the right 'Moonbeam.'

 A little bouquet for my potting bench

 I am always pleased when I see honeybees in the gardens. I don't see many.  :(
We do have lots of other bees though.

 Presenting 'White Temptation' in the moon garden
Moon gardens are all white and they seem to glow as the light of day dims.

 'Perfect Pink Princess'

This is not an ordinary 'Startle;' note there are two blooms fused together here.

 'Jungle Beauty'

 'Gentle Shepherd'

 'Red Plum Stripe'

 Wilson seedling - unnamed - if I were to name it, it'd be 'Neon' something.

 Ron's favorite daylily - these blossoms are HUGE. Name not known

 'Inner Destiny'

"When I grow up, I'm gonna be a monarch butterfly!"

It's July in the gardens!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Repetition in the Garden

Repetition is a design element that can be appreciated at Sunsplash Gardens.

For instance, purple coneflowers (Echinacea) repeat throughout the cottage garden.

Now that's a lotta coneflowers, eh? And this is just the cottage garden. I also have them in the border gardens. And color? Well, I only have pink ("purple") and white. I've had an orange and a yellow coneflower in the past but both succumbed to the dreaded aster yellows disease. I have lost many of the purple coneflowers to aster yellows as well, but I have so many, and they self-seed prolifically.

In the photos above, you may have noticed another repeater in my garden: monarda or beebalm. I have it growing in four spots in the cottage garden. I love how its bright color sets off the other flowers.

I also repeat larkspur. It is so pretty and self-sows very well. See it in the photo immediately above in the lower area (purple, pink, and white).

 Phlox repeat in my garden as well...if you have any, they are probably repeating for you as well. They just keep moving along! Above, 'Eva Cullem.'

 Daylilies have their own dedicated garden room that I call Daylily Junction. There are also many scattered throughout the gardens. I have close to 100 daylilies! Love them!

Do you use repetition in your garden? And if so, what plants?

AND, do you have any of these little sweethearts in your yard?
This baby robin left the nest today. There are two still in the nest and I'm sure they will be moving along soon.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Storms bring pretty sunsets

The midwest has been having a number of thunderstorms, including tornadoes, damaging hail, and flooding. We personally have been spared, for which I am thankful.

Last evening there were a reported 11 tornadoes in the state, the closest to us being about 30 miles away. While we didn't get a storm here, we got the clouds! Take a look:

 Weeks ago, a robin built a nest on top of our light fixture. She and her mate raised four babies there. Now, there are more (at least three).

Sweet little birdies!


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