Sunday, August 15, 2010

August: Bloom Day!

I am just now realizing, I have an awful lot of yellow flowers. Oh well!

North edge garden

Rudbeckia triloba, brown-eyed Susans

Rudbeckia subtomentosa, sweet black-eyed Susans, and Agastache scrophulariaefolia, giant purple hyssop

Garage garden

The 11-foot volunteer sunflower continues to amaze us, and hosts SO many bees, flower flies, and butterflies, the rest of the neighborhood must feel left out.

Eurybia macrophylla, big-leaf aster. Remember the good old days when asters were just Asters?

Well, this is a terrible picture, but it's my prairie dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum, with flowering stalks reaching high above my head.

Foley and Lucy, my favorite two flowers of all!

Thanks as always to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

August: At least the leaves are pretty

Hello, and welcome back to the GROW project! The foliage on the Spitfire nasturtiums has recovered from its crispy sunburned state of a month ago, possibly due to more watering or less intense heat and sun. My plants are still sparse on flowers, but I love the nifty peltate leaves of nasturtium and would almost be willing to grow them for that reason alone.

I moved the potted plant to a shadier spot, and it looks a little more alive now.

The plant vining up the alley fence looks good. It gets sun in the afternoon but the roots are shaded.

The plants I meant to go up the railing are also turning into a very pretty, yet flowerless, groundcover.

Part of that same plant, going where I meant for it to go:

And so you don't think I have zero flowers, here's one! (it's not quite that red in real life)

From the side... note cool nectar spur:
So how do your Spitfires grow?

I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project. Thanks to Renee's Garden for the seeds.