What’s Blooming Today!

Garden Time!  Woo Hoo!  I am completely wiped out from this week.  I am not used to 10 and 12 hour days and am taking a break from taking photos of food.  Not that what I am eating is very exciting in the last couple of days.  Thankfully John is home now and life can get back to what passes as normal for us. So, let’s just behold the garden today.

White snapdragons.  These are super dwarf LOL!  Some of the snapdragons seeded taller, but this one is uber short.

The globe thistle in full bloom.  They actually do not have a good smell, but the bees love them.

It goes really well with cone flowers:

The razzmatazz gets fuller and fuller. I loved the ruffed coneflowers, don’t you? They remind me of a poodle.

I also note that I have some Japanese beetles right now.  I am hoping the toad I saw the other day will eat them.

Butterfly weed going strong.

This is  Armeria from a seed packet my sister gave me.  I wasn’t really sure how it would look and it was one of the very few plants from seed that worked for me this year.

This Snowberry Clear Wing Sphinx moth visited yesterday.  I get these every year.  They act just like hummingbirds, but have antennae.

The moth is on my butterfly bush.  This is the anchor bush in the main bed.  It is over 5 feet tall.

The flower stalks are called pannicles and can be 10 inches.

This bush will bloom until the fall, and it smells really nice.  It also droops over the surrounding plants and looks pretty:

I also have some black-eyed Susans.  I pulled most up these up, but I do have a few.  Hopefully they won’t get out of control like they did last year!

Hopefully we can get a nice ride in this weekend.  John is coming down with a cold, so that may change plans.  Have a great weekend!

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18 thoughts on “What’s Blooming Today!

    1. Lori Post author

      Allium are light and airy. The globe thistles have really firm tops. The nice thing is that they bloom much later than alliums, too.

  1. Kimberley

    I just love snapdragons. I may be repeating myself, but when my son was little I loved teaching him how they snapped!

    Gorgeous flowers…very nice.

    Hope John feels better and that you are both able to get out and ride.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
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  2. Amy

    Hope John feels better and you can enjoy the weekend. Lovely flowers – we have a butterfly bush too – they pop up all over the place here, without being invited!
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    1. Lori Post author

      In some areas the butterfly bushes are considered nuisance plants, but with our winters, it kills all the tops to the ground so they don’t spread.

  3. Fran

    Love seeing your flowers every week, gives me ideas for my own garden. After working in my garden yesterday I told R. we need more Summer flowers next year. Most of the blooming we have is in Spring. He agreed and we will add some new plants next year.

    Hope John is feeling better soon and is back home safe.
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  4. deb

    WEll you know the story my garden is a disaster. So looking at yours makes me wonder what flower beds i will have in California, what my zone will be , what i will be able to grow…..Sad at the state of my garden but excited about whats to come! Your garden is really maturing nicely. Love the butterfly bush. Its so on my list of must haves. Maybe i can get clematis to grow in Ca . It pretty much burns up here. Thanks for stopping by! deb

  5. kalli

    your garden is beautiful! i am wiped out too….maybe just a short ride instead of what i had planned……. enjoy lori!

  6. Shelley B

    Love your garden pictures, and I admire anyone who likes to get in the dirt, what with the bugs and all. You can probably guess which side of the fence I’m on, lol.
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  7. Dawn

    Loved seeing all your flowers Lori 🙂 I especially liked the ruffled coneflowers, I’ve never seen them before. I might try to look for them and plant some myself 🙂

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