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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Vignette

It's Echinacea season in my garden. No coneflower does better in my garden than the straight species wildflower, Echinacea purpurea, which I sowed in place about 3 years ago when we redid the front garden, right onto bare soil under a plastic cloche. The seeds sprouted wonderfully, and the plants that resulted continue to drop seeds and reproduce modestly. I've tried many named varieties over the years, and none have been as sturdy or robust. Plant breeders keep trying to capture my fancy with their crazy petals and poofy double flowers and crazy colors. I should have learned my lesson by now. None of them thrive like this. They're all wimps.

The pollinators prefer it too.

Anna at Flutter and Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. Check out her post here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday Vignette

For today's Wednesday Vignette, I'm sharing an image that struck me recently when I was in my front garden weeding. I happened to glance up into the branches of a dark-leaved ninebark and noticed the distinctly bell-shaped flowers of a dainty Clematis that I had planted at its base a couple of years ago. It's in an out-of-the-way spot, facing my neighbor's driveway, and I seldom venture there, maybe once or  twice a year, mostly just to weed (since I have to stand IN my neighbor's driveway to do so, and that makes me feel conspicuous, as if I'm trespassing.) I had long ago assumed the Clematis had died.

I guess it was just biding its time.

It was a delightful little surprise.

Anna at Flutter and Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. You can check out her current post here, and don't forget to also visit all the posts of the bloggers who comment and leave links to their own Wednesday Vignettes.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- July 2016

There are still plenty of flowers blooming in my garden right now, although things have slowed down from the spring frenzy. But the blooms making the biggest, boldest impression at the moment are the lilies, both the true lilies and the daylilies. So that's what I'm showcasing today.

This large clump is perfuming the entire front garden

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of every month. Check out her post here.