Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Flower Images On Bloom Day

World headquarters for Garden Blogger Bloom Day must be getting swamped these days with the ever increasing number of gardeners online. Carol is this still a one women operation or have you had to hire an intern?

Here at OutsideClyde the ever increasing number of things blooming is well beyond my ability to catalog all of them for a Bloom Day post. Besides, I have chores to do, cabins to build and competition for computer time here can be fierce in my off hours. Monsoons are also problematic for satellite internet service.

Today the flowers have aligned and I may manage to get a bloom day post done before the day is over.

I've got Daisies.

And living bouquets.

Nine dollar Knockouts

On a hillside of saprolite soil looking quite fine.

Purple Echinacea populated with scarier scenes than combos of red and yellow.

Look closer, purple and yellow and a skeletal white spider still very much alive.

Two late blooming Exbury Azalea 'Lemon Drop' followed me home from a nursery one day,

To be planted near the Liatris that fell out of the ground at Client # 1's and needed a new home.

Blue Veronica spicata adds to a growing collection of spiky blue and purple flowers I seem to gravitate towards.

Queen Ann's Lace

Daucus carota

A magnificent non-native invasive weed that is here to stay.

Uncle Ernie celebrates Bloom Day with a new bauble.

Ox-Eyes beneath the red leaves of Evening Primrose.

The lone Rudbeckia maxima

Oh and I have Daisies.

Ox-Eye Daisies, Shasta Daisies and Daisy look alikes.


Frances, said...

Hi Christopher, I had to really look to find Uncle Ernie's dangling earrings. He is so edgey. A late blooming exbury??? How is that possible? I have some natives that just finished blooming, R. prunifolium, Summer Lyric and and unknown. Oranges and pinks with much smaller flowers than your new one. Not nearly as showy and the early ones though. I will save you the eryngium seeds but think shipping the babies when it cools off would be your best bet. You'll get both.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Wonderful natural bouquets Clyde. The Queen Anne has been invited into my garden several times but has declined the invite. An Azalea that blooms so late. I have never heard of such a plant, very intersting.

chuck b. said...

Spider skeletons! How awful! Ugh!

Aside from that, your garden is full of classics. That Veronica spicata looked great next to my Echium wildpretii for awhile last year. Then I redesigned and lost it.

What will happen with the $9 knockouts? Will they sprawl and spread, or stay compact and shrubby? Are they thorny?

Unknown said...

Funny how things seem to fall out of the ground sometimes, isn't it? I am glad that you were around to give that liatris a ride home to the mountain, Christopher. :)

And I love your echinaceas, especially with the cool, skeletal while spiders.

Carol Michel said...

Bloom day is indeed still a one woman enterprise, well, except for all the people who post for it.

I love the intricate nature of the Queen Anne's lace, I see them along the side of the road with chicory, and like that combo as a living bouquet, too.

The mountain blooms and it was great of you to share some of it with us. Thank those who gave you the computer time.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Christopher C. NC said...

Frances and Lisa the 'Lemon Drop' is reported to be a July bloomer which means it will bloom with the native Rhododendron maximum that are blooming in the woods now.

Plants can be funny Lisa, an invasive road side weed that won't grow for you. I collected Chicory seed another invasive roadside weed to try and grow. I'll see how it goes.

Chuck the $9 Knockouts should stay as small 3x3 carefree shrubs. They don't seem to have the reach out and grab you kind thorns, but they got em.

Kim, me being nearby when things fall out of the ground is one of the advatages of being a gardener.

Hi Carol. Commenting on every bloom day post must take you all day. I am trying to germinate Chicory seed now. I want to mix it with Miscanthus.