What’s Blooming!

Happy  July everyone!

You know, I still haven’t figured out why my pictures don’t show up in feedly. Nobody seems to have an answer for me, either.  If there is ever a problem that is rare or strange, I always seem to be the one who has it. Sorry if you can’t see these pictures in your reader.

Flower time! Fair Bianca is on the tail end of blooms for the first flush of the year. It sent out this spectacular cane:


This is sticking way out from the top, so I will prune that cane back after these are done. I am loving this rose!


The Supreme Cantaloupe coneflower:


Sorry about that sun shot. Normally I don’t take flower pictures in full sun, but I happened to be out there with my phone.  This is a big boy. I am going to have to move it probably next year because the calycanthus bush is getting big behind it.


Such a pretty color.  I guess I say that about all the flowers 😀

The balloon flowers are just starting to peep out:

Bud one night:


Popped open the next day:


These are such a cool flower.  And I spy John’s legs in the background!

Check out this blue:


There aren’t a lot of truly blue flowers out there, but this is one of them.

In the back shade bed, I have one astilbe blooming:


No signs of blooms on the white ones yet. It is possible they may not bloom this year since they got eaten to the ground last year and might not have recovered enough to bloom. Maybe later.

Day lilies:


Those are my neighbors hostas there. This is right were the fence used to be, so we have 2 gardens back to back. Hers are much more mature than mine!

Potted million bells:


These bloom all summer and are self-cleaning, like impatiens.

I have a couple fauna pictures as well.  This toad hopped all the way across the patio like he was on a mission and stopped right in front of John’s foot. Not sure really what he was doing, but then I think he realized we were out there and got very still.


I love having a toad, although I wish he would either eat more mosquitoes or invite some friends over.

Then there is Mr. Chippie. This is the guy that put a hole in our newly paved driveway last year. He has several channels around the house and one is out back. I was sitting on the patio and he came running by and scooted into this little hole; then turned around and peeked out at me.


So cute, but so destructive, the little booger.

We *finally* are getting in a cupcake ride on Saturday! Yippee!  The weather is going to be perfect and both of us are home.

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10 thoughts on “What’s Blooming!

  1. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    My astilbe haven’t quite bloomed yet … soon. I love yours.

    Lori, do you have kamikaze chipmunks on your rides? I swear they wait on the side of the bike path until I am almost there and THEN they run out in front of me. There have been some close calls.

    1. Lori Post author

      Yes!! Kamikaze chipmunks! Or flying chipmunks of death. I swear they do wait until that exact minute. I have had a heart attack many a time from them on the bike path.

  2. Debby

    I have the balloon flowers, and they come back every year, but not too many blooms. Must be in the wrong place.

    Love all the blooms, but I especially love the toad and the chipmunk! We have lots of squirrels here, but no chipmunks.
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  3. Fran

    Lovely photos Lori.

    I have frogs in the pond and I will be happy to ship them to you 🙂 I don’t like them, especially now one of them comes out of the pond and sits in the garden or on the street, they freak me out every time.

    Btw: your photos did show up today in my Feedly.
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