Saturday, May 28, 2011

Garden Starlets

Hello friends...Today I want to showcase a few of my garden stars of late May. My Stella daylilies have woke up from a long winter nap. The yellow is so pretty against the fence and between the Origami Columbines and Star Jasmine.

The Hibiscus that is growing about 2" every day!

This is Veronica Speedwell. The dark pink spikes are looking pretty healthy beside the periwinkle vines. They seem miniature compared to the Salvia.

This shows part of my white garden. More Salvia, Shasta Daisies, white coneflowers (almost blooming) and hostas.

I took this geranium inside last fall and it survived! Now its blooming.

I love this lemon yellow flower. My landlord gave it to me last year and I can't remember what it is. Anybody know its name?

The bee sure likes it! It is full of buds.

One of my hydrangeas is starting to bloom! I have two more that are close by but are not showing off yet...

More of my white garden. My favorite...twirling butterfly gaura. The pics do NOT show the true beauty of this flower. It blooms from spring to fall. We've had so much rain that it is a little too tall but seems to be holding up pretty good. I love these babies. From a distance they do look like little butterflies whirling around.

My knockouts are busy working on their second flush of pretties.

This is my first coneflower volunteer (I think). It is very tall! Like I said, we have had a very rainy spring.

The coneflowers are getting ready to bloom.

My second pet flower is the Russian Sage. The lavender spikes are forming now. The foilage is chest high now so I don't know if they will be able to hold 2-3 feet flowering spikes.

The reflection in the mirror shows the gaura whirling around in the distance. Star Jasmine is in front of the mirror.

I made this path to the back yard about three years ago. I love the river pebbles beside the flowers. The columbine seeds like to jump over too.

The blanket flowers are a bright spot of color and seem to be holding up the yard bed while the rest of the neighbors are getting their show together.

More of the Russian Sage. Did I say that I LOVE these? When they are in full bloom, the lavender color is so pretty beside the red knockouts.

This is one of my mums that I planted last fall. All eight are about to bloom. I have read that they should be pinched back so you will have a full bloom in the fall. I believe that if a flower wants to bloom then it should be allowed to bloom! My plan is that after it blooms I will cut it back by late June and I will get another bloom for fall. Does anyone know if this will work?

I love the color of this varigated liriope. It is very cheerful and will bloom very nice lavender spikes next month. 

Another picture of the white garden and the whirling butterflies...I told you I love these. The liriope was here when I moved in. It makes a great border for the garden. They are well established and the blooms are lavender.

This shows a corner of the back yard. I haven't done much work back here yet. I've been told that the very tall thing is poke salad. A lot of people here in the south cook it and eat it like greens. It is about 10 feet tall!

 The nandina is so pretty. I love the flower clusters. You can see it still has red berries from winter too.

 Lavender garden phlox is almost blooming. I have several of these spread around here and there.

 Maybe the shastas will be open by next week.

See the gaura whirling around behind the shastas?

Just because I love the gaura!

Just because I love the Russian Sage.

Don't think that he doesn't have a plan. This is the view from my desk. See why I don't like to go to work? If only I could sit here and look out all day!

Pretty determined little guy! Gonna get himself some meal worms.

My Easter gift hydrangea is STILL looking great on the porch along with my Mother's Day gift New Guinea Impatiens.

Thats all I have for this week. Go on over to Tootsies for Fertilizer Friday. You won't be sorry. Have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend.


  1. Your daylilies look great. Mine are in too much shade and need to be moved. I agree gauras area beautiful, but hard to photograph! I think mums get leggy if they are left to bloom, but I let them do it anyway!

  2. Your gardens are lovely. I love the mirror on the fence. What a great idea.

    To answer your question about the mums, I trim mine back after they have bloomed and they always put out more blooms. I plan to trim some of mine back next weekend because they are almost finished blooming now.

  3. Your garden is lovely, the yellow flower looks like Evening Primrose to me. Thanks for stopping by I think that little tip did the trick, I'm up and running now :) x

  4. I love gaura too! It's such a tough looky plant then it sends out those delicate blooms. Russian sage is gorgeous when it blooms...those flowers look so velvety and that pretty shade of purple blue!
    I think they say to trim mums back around the 4th of july for rebloom in the fall.
    Have a great weekend!

  5. New public follower here from Tootsie Time’s Flower Flaunting Gardens Blog Hop. Nice blog. I love the mirror on the fence. Great idea. I would appreciate you following back I would also appreciate if you would like me in facebook and in twitter @DeniseLillaRose. I always follow back. Just leave me a note so I know you stopped by.

  6. You have some beautiful flowers along your path! We have some of those crazy acrobatic squirrels here in Florida, too! Fun to watch! ♥

  7. You have some beautiful flowers and gardens. I sure wish I had a green thumb. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  8. Wow, what a lovely garden. I am following now.

  9. are so lucky to have these will be like heaven on earth this summer when they all are in full bloom
    I want to see more soon!

  10. You have a lovely garden. I don't blame you for not wanting to go to work. I would want to just spend time in that gorgeous spot of earth. . You blog is beautiful. I am so glad I found you. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Hope to see you again. Hugs to you, Karie

  11. You have such a beautiful garden. Love the variety of flowers you have.

  12. Mums- I've had success over many years allowing my mums to bloom until July 4th then cutting down to 6"-8" so they will bush out and re-bloom in the fall. Thanks for sharing photos of your flowers.

  13. Hi KK, wow your garden is gorgeous! Thank you for visiting my blog Playful Decor. I love those yellow flowers too - whatever they are called! I'm so impressed with your knowledge of all the other floower names. Years ago my mother had geraniums and she would take them inside during the winter year after year, well they grew to look like trees! Have a great week!


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