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Friday, August 21, 2009

Wanna Come See my Flowers?



Tootsie Time


It’s Flaunt Your Flowers Friday sponsored by our friend way up North, Tootsie at Tootsie Time!!  If you haven’t been over today to see her flowers, get ready to be totally inspired with all her colorful, totally fertilized all summer, simply gorgeous flowers!  She is the Queen of Flowers in Canada, I feel quite confident!



OK, now on to flowers in my backyard.  The calendar still says August, but we have had such a cool summer that my geraniums still look impressive.  It is up there with one of my favorite flowers.

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Notice my Boxwood Basil?  I did a post on this little cutie in the early summer.  I had never seen it before.  It IS cute and smells great, but I’m not sure I’ll plant it again.  The leaves are so tiny to actually use.





Because of this ~~~~~

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And these ~~~~~                                                             

                                                                       We have a yard FULL of goldfinches.  They actually strip the cosmos and hang upside down from the sunflowers.  I don’t think the sunflowers have really had time to mature, but the birds don’t seem to mind.  I hear them all the time and there colors just look so tropical being about the same color as these cosmos.  Do you know their song sounds like “po ta to chip”.  Listen for it sometime.

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Have I told you I’m done with wave petunias?  I have them in another pot, but prefer these old fashioned, full bodied beauties.

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These are another favorite.  Looks like I love yellow flowers. 

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Last year my mother gave me a start of her Moon Flower but it didn’t take.  This year I planted a packet of seeds and they are gorgeous and FULL.  I didn’t take this picture when they were in full bloom.  I’ll have to do that next week.  They are fragrant and so impressive with their size.  I read where you should really plant these close to a sidewalk so evening walkers can enjoy or near your patio so they can be noticed at dusk when they are opened and full of their beauty.  There’s nothing like a white flower when it’s dark and the moon is out.  Oh, how I love summer and pretty flowers.

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I had no clue the plant would get so big.  Here they are fighting for space with my zinnias.


I LOVE zinnias for their cutting flower ability.

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Yah!  It’s back!  Remember my cardinal climber on a trellis from a few years back that blew down?  Well Mr. Brown Socks put up a new one for me and FINALLY I have flowers on this plant.  They are a very slow grower and don’t really start to flower until late July.  They will be gorgeous til frost. 

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I love their wispy vines…reaching out for something to grab hold of.  They look pretty just blowing in the summertime breeze too.

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Our yard is full of hummingbirds too.  I can look out most any time and see one or more hanging around this tubular flower.




Let’s go back to Tootsie’s and see what others have shared today! Thanks for stopping by!

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Millie said...

How nice that the birds are enjoying your garden too. It's lovely!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Your garden is amazing! :) The zinnias, petunias, and moon flowers are my faves. :)

Nancy Rosalina said...

Donna, Your flowers are gorgeous!! Not only do you have a silk thumb..but you have a green thumb too!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Nancy

Tootsie said...

your garden is gorgeous! I love the climber....I am glad you got a new trellis!!! thanks for flaunting with me!!!

Becca's Dirt said...

You have a lot of beautiful colors going on in your beds. Love em. Have a nice weekend.

Unknown said...

Your flowers are beautiful and I have to agree with you on the Petunias. I bought 2 waves for a container in an old chair and figured they would reach out to cover the arms - NOT!!! My old fashioned ones were much bigger and longer too! Although I did buy 2 Tidal Waves for the first time and they are huge.
Love your Moonflower and the foliage is so striking!
Your trellis is just loaded and looks fantastic!!!

Lona said...

Your geranium is so pretty. I am a great fan of them and at this time of year I will love anything that blooms in my yard ;-)
Your Moon Flower is so gorgeous with the zinnias. I just cannot grow the Moon Flowers. I have tried so many times. They hate my clay soil I believe. Maybe I should try them in a pot???

Connie said...

Hi Donna,
What a beautiful garden. I wish I could hire you for a week or so ! I just never remember the names of the flowers.
Can I blame it on the soil ?? No, I really don't think so.
You have many green thumbs!
Have good weekend.

Connie said...

Hi Donna,
What a beautiful garden. I wish I could hire you for a week or so ! I just never remember the names of the flowers.
Can I blame it on the soil ?? No, I really don't think so.
You have many green thumbs!
Have good weekend.

Jacki said...

Oh, I've heard good things about moonflowers and yours are so pretty. I really must try them next year. Your arch looks gorgeous. Happy gardening!

Domestic Designer said...

Your flowers are just beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

imjacobsmom said...

Good evening, I have to agree with you that Geraniums are one of my all time favorites, too. I so love your Cardinal vine, I'm going to have to give that one a try next year. ~ Robyn

Paula@SweetPea said...

Everything looks so lush and full for August. This year has been such a treat because things actually are thriving and aren't starved for water. Your cardinal vine on the arbor is stunning. The birds must go crazy over that. I didn't plant any zinnia this year and sure do miss them. The deer eat them here and I just didn't try. I love that moonflower and will have to remember it for next year.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Donna! Your garden is sooo lush and beautiful! Mine is still hanging in there also since we've been having rain! I love goldfinches, too. I will notice their call! Happy weekend...Debbie

Bernideen said...

Very lovely garden!

Anonymous said...

So Donna does have real flowers!!!lol Very pretty, and that little grandson below is adorable!!! Oh, and I loved the "faux" flowers on the toilet; (that doesn't sound right does it!lol) I wish my tank cover was flat and not curved so I could actually put something without it being crooked!!! Have a great week - Sincerely, Jeannette

stitching under oaks said...

thanks for the tour...I like that little basil. I'll have to keep my eyes open for that next year. Your arbor and cardinal flowers are beautiful and I agree...zinnas are a great cutting flower.

Anonymous said...

Somehow I did not see this post on blogger updates. What a beautiful assortment of blooms. My mama loved the old fashioned petunias best. I love the fragrance of both petunias and moon flowers. Hope the week ahead is great for you.

Jacki said...

Thanks for coming by my blog :-) The scarlet runner beans took almost exactly 2 months from the time I stuck the seeds in the ground to taking the picture on Friday. They seemed to have stalled out for a bit - it's been cool here this summer, so it's possible they may go a little more quickly in warmer climates (I'm Zone 2). This is my first year growing them, but my aunt says they should bloom continuously for 3-4 weeks. I do very much like the colours, and I like that it grows so quickly. As for birds - I don't think so BUT I have a lot of berry bushes in my yard and the birds feast on those. If I didn't have the berry bushes, would they come for the scarlet runner beans or skip me altogether? I have no idea. An added bonus is that the beans the vines produce are edible.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a pretty garden. So many lovely flowers, and with the addition of the birds, it must be so relaxing. laurie