Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bloom Day--one day early

Tomorrow is Bloom Day hosted by Carol at
May Dream Gardens. I am a day early--hope that is ok Carol.

My garden definitely looks like a very late summer garden.

The cypress vine in with morning glories has been a delight for me. I know these are annuals and will not last (although I hear cypress vine re-seeds well) , but I think they will enjoy the cooler weather and be around for a while.

Obedient Plant--no worries, it's not going anywhere it shouldn't. It's in a container!

The Liriope is in full bloom right now. We have several around the yaupon hollies

Coneflower White Swan just doesn't stop blooming. One of my favorites!

Look what I found--several volunteer begonias...

...and little purple flowers on the Mexican Petunia.

I moved the Geraniums to the back as they were getting hot and tired on the front porch. And looked what happened--one started immediately blooming.

Remember me complaining about my Black-foot Daisies? Well...look at these. They came back and are one of the best plants in my garden! And oh the wonderful fragrance!

Turks cap was not very happy with all the rain from Ike.

The yellow and orange cosmos are still going strong.

The zinnias got really pounded from Ike's visit, but I still have quite a few blooms.

And just a few rudbeckia's remain.

Other things blooming:
Profusion zinnias
Coreopsis (cream brulee)
Snapdragon (can you believe it has a few blooms!)
Butterfly Weed
Purple coneflower
Gerber Daisy
Lantana (Hardy)
Lavender (Pinata--just starting to bloom again)
Salvia Greggi (red)
I hope you have something wonderful and pretty blooming in your yard today!


tina said...

Very nice! So that is the secret for Obedient plant? Plant it in a pot? No self seeding? I sure think it is pretty but worry about self seeding.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Hi Tina--oh dear, I never thought about that! I bought this one at a neighborhood plant sale and found out how they take over after I bought it! Thanks for the warning-I'll let you know how it goes!

Anonymous said...

I have mine planted in a pot too Tina. I've never had a trouble with it reseeding. It spreads rampantly through underground runners.

I love all your wonderful blooms Linda. Next year I plan on growing that Cypress Vine. Yours looks lovely and I bet the hummingbirds will love it too.

ICQB said...

It's nice to see that Ike didn't swamp you. We got some of it way up here in Ohio yesterday. Winds mostly. It took out most of my sunflowers - most of them were heavy and going to seed and the stalks snapped in the winds.

I used to live in Texas. Where I was it was a challenge to make sure everything had enough water. You could have a wonderful, lush garden, but it required lots of artfully placed soaker hoses!

Thanks for sharing!

Brenda Kula said...

I need that coneflower then, if it doesn't stop blooming. My geraniums tend to like a little shade from the extreme hot Texas heat. Pretty blooms to enjoy here at the end of the season.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

What a great idea to grow Phystostegia in a container! I've always liked the look of it but have been afraid to try it. Now I can grow it. Those Blackfoot Daisies are so cute!

Meadowview Thymes said...

pgl--I love the cypress vine. I think the hummers like it-I see them around the yard going from one thing to another. I also have a feeder out so they stop by it as well. Guess we only have a few more weeks to enjoy them.

icqb--Ike didn't give us anything but nice rain and gusty winds. I feel so bad for Galveston and Houston.
Yes, it's a challenge here in Texas. I think the trick is to realize there are lots of things you would like to grow, but just can't because of our hot dry weather.

Brenda--that is the only "special" coneflower that does well. I have blooms on the others, but not continually. It's still not as showy as the original purple though.

Mr Mcgregor's Daughter-aren't the blackfoots the cutest. And, did you know that have a wonderful fragrance. Kind of like honey. When the sun hits them, the entire little backyard smells good!

Eve said...

Wonderful. I don't have any obedient plants. They pretty well do what they want. : )
You have so much in bloom. Everything is beautiful.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thank you Eve. I don't have lots of fall flowers or shrubs so it's not easy to find something that looks very good right now!

JenningsJunk said...

I love all your flowers, but I have to admit in this blog I'm partial to the Black-foot Daisies. And, to hear they smell wonderful to - oh my. I'm glad to see that your backyard faired well after Saturday's weather.

marmee said...

what a nice amount of blooms you still have. that is a great way to finish out the summer.

Meadowview Thymes said...

jj--you need to come see and smell the cute litte blackfoot daisies. And to think how I complained about them! :)

marmee-well put! It is a nice way to finish out the summer. I never thought about it like that. Guess this time next month we really be into fall!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I need one of those blackfoot daisies. Your flowers look lovely.

Cindy, MCOK said...

Linda, my zinnias were beaten down to the ground and they're STILL blooming! The butterflies are most happy about that.

I'm glad Ike didn't treat y'all as badly as he did the Houston area. I'm one of the lucky ones: our power came back after only 18 hours. The entire block of homes across the street from us is still without.

Susie said...

Meadowview-I'm behind in my blog reading so I'm sorry to hear about your sisters problems with Ike. I hope they are okay.

Your blooms are looking great! Aren't you smart to plant Obedient plant in a container. I have had that take over a bed. It does have beautiful blooms though!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Debbi! You know, I think I see where the blackfoots are already re-seeding. If you are ever in my area, let me know. I would love to share some with you!

Cindy-I am so glad it wasn't too bad for you. We are sick about Galveston. Bolivar's Crystal Beach is where we spent many summer vacations. Lots of memories there!
You just can't take a good zinnia down! Glad your garden didn't suffer too much.

Hi Susie! It's so funny, my son moved into this cute rent house--and in the back are tons of plants (the things I could do with that yard!). I didn't realize it at first--but it's all obedient plants! I laughed and laughed--although son did not understand the joke. They are EVERYWHERE! lol!

misterreereeder said...

Great pictures - as always. I only see the memorex but you get to see them live. That has to be great.