Come along with me and we will visit my flowers.
With summer winding down,
I would like to take you to meet
them before they are gone.
I just planted this rose, 'Joseph's Coat'
this spring. A friend has it growing in
her garden and I was smitten with the variegated
colors of each bloom.
I had to have one of my own.
Each bloom a work of art.
It was slow to establish and for a while I was worried....
But she has pleasantly surprised me with this
late flush of blooms.
'Nearly Wild' blooms at her feet.
Nearby a hardy fuchsia dances in the breeze.
This fuchsia is over 20 years old!
Next to the fuchsia, I have a new hydrangea
grown from a cutting.
The original plant started to decline, so I took several cuttings.
I have 3 more in pots, waiting to plant.
We are painting this side of the house right now,
so they will have to wait a little longer.
Only one bloom this year....
This is Nikko Blue - my favorite hydrangea.
They bloom on two year old wood.
Next year I hope to have more blooms.
They are so easy to propagate -
Simply take some 12 in. cuttings in late spring,
trim back the leaves to just two on top,
and bury the stem a few inches in well-draining potting soil.
(make sure there is at least one set of leaf nodes buried,
as that is where the roots will sprout)
Keep well watered in a shady spot.
Plant out in fall or early next spring in partial shade.
Soon the petunias will be done blooming
and I will replace them with pansies,
and chrysanthemums for fall.
It is getting cooler at night, but still warm enough
during the day to keep them blooming.
Their fragrance is intoxicating,
especially in the early morning and evening.
I keep them right outside the kitchen door.
I have red ones, too, which the hummingbirds love,
but it is the purple petunia's that have the sweetest fragrance.
I have many varieties of fuchsia,
as I have more than my fair share of shade.
They are hummingbird magnets.
Each blossom like a tiny dancer...
In ruffled skirts.
Or like tiny flying fairies.
Pots of bright red geraniums....
keep company with coral begonia.
Begonia is a favorite of mine - another shade lover,
with their blossoms that rival the rose.
And who cannot help but smile when seeing the vibrantly
But it is the sweet, sweet rose that I shall miss the most
when summer days are gone.
So 'Gather ye rosebuds while ye may'.
Robert Herrick 1591-1674
Thank you, Dear Friends for visiting me
and my flowers.
Soon the flowers will fade away,
but your friendship will remain.
Together we will brave the wind and cold
of another winter
to share the beauty of spring once more.