Monday, June 29, 2015

Almost July

Well, the garden survived the (second) heat wave of the summer and it's not even July yet. I'm sure glad for the shade my maturing trees are providing. And I'm thankful for good ole water. 

Filipendula rubra blossom--such frothy goodness.

Actually I have to bend the stem down to look at it because
it towers over the garden. 

This Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite')
is blooming already--way early!

Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising' is looking fab!

The hardy fuchsias are starting to bloom.
This one is called 'Flash'. I love the vibrant reds.

This is that little Evening Primrose (Oenothera kunthiana 'Glowing Magenta')
Several times I've grown it in a pot but it never wintered-over,
This year, I decided to put it in the ground, hoping it will winter-over.

I'm really impressed with this Cuphea. I think it's Cuphea llavea 'Flamenco Cha Cha'

Mondarda didyma 'Raspberry Wine' with Impatiens glandulifera

The beginnings of the hollyhock fest.

Pretty milkweed -- Asclepias speciosa

Galega officinalis 'Lady Wilson' and Geranium 'Patricia'

Not the most complementary photo, this is Stipa barbata being all regal.

Here are a few wide shots of the garden:

Almost daily we're seeing butterflies in the garden.
I'm still hoping for a monarch.
I hope you all are enjoying your gardens. 


  1. Your garden is looking lovely and very color-coordinated, Grace. I'm noticing mostly red, pink, magenta and purple, I like those colors too though the Alstroemeria does add a touch of yellow. I'm also wishing to see a Monarch but even more to be growing enough Milkweed to have some caterpillars grow up in my garden, I would think that was really neat. I'm thinking of getting some big plants at a native nursery after so many years of trying to grow them from seed and not really succeeding. Your milkweed is pretty, I love the 5-part blooms. It's great that the predicted over 100 temperatures are not materializing, but I'm wondering about the rest of the summer.

  2. We had some really hot days in May, but June was not to bad. July is usually the killer here. The last two weeks are usually hot and humid.
    What a pretty garden you have! I like the overall feeling you get. I love the alstroemeria flowers. What a great shot with the Swallowtail butterfly.

  3. Evening primrose is not meant to be a container plant. It will seed and spread, and grow year after year. You'll love it!

  4. All your garden looks very healthy, but especially the Alstroemerias! Wow, what a beautiful shade. I can see why the Tiger Swallowtail wants to hang out there. :)

  5. Another beautiful collection of flowers! I notice more red in this post as befits the week leading up to the 4th of July holiday. I'm sorry to hear that the PNW has been getting a blast of heat. I hope you cool down soon - and that you get your visit from a Monarch.

  6. I really enjoyed the wide shots of your garden, Grace. No heat here yet (but I'm not complaining)! Just rain, rain, and MORE rain.

  7. I saw my first monarch the other day...started milkweed two years ago and it continues to spread. Keep an eye's bound to happen. As noted above, what butterfly could resist hanging out in your garden?
    No Fillipendula rubra for me: the deer nipped off every bud. The Joe Pye is already beyond their reach, thanks be.

  8. Your garden is looking lovely! It has so much energy and is so cheerful. I smile every time you post. Have a great July!

  9. Just absolutely fabulous as usual Grace! I love that first big pink frothy flower and fuchsias are one of my favorites. The red one is lovely. Your garden must be a butterfly paradise.

    I do hope you don't get too much heat. We had a few days respite from the rain but got another two and a half inches in just a couple hours this afternoon. It has cooled off rather well.

    Have a great 4th of July!

  10. Thanks for ID-ing my Agastache... What a lovely and loving garden you have! Julee T

  11. j'adore les filipendulas, ils sont superbes au jardin
    Ici il fait très chaud (environ 38° today)
    à bientôt

  12. Gracie girl your garden is looking gorgeous ! I love the filipendula and hope the new one I planted this Spring will get that nice and tall too.
    I have a veronicastrum "Lavender Towers" that is mighty tall right now : )
    BUT ? .... we have had no butterflies that I can speak of .. I have everything they could possibly want but no .. not a one .. unless they sneak in at midnight ?? LOL
    So whisper my garden address to some ? and maybe they may hitch hike over here?
    Joy : )
    PS .. is the astilbe you were asking me about "Ostrich Plume" .. that is droopy and one of my most favorite ones .. beautiful pink too !

  13. Your garden looks wonderful, Grace. I do hope you see your first Monarch soon, and that more follow. Love the Swallow tail. I saw some two years ago, but haven't seen one since. Mind you, I'm not home enough to hang out in the garden a lot during the day - I hope they are still there, even if I don't see them. :)

  14. So many pretties! I'm growing that Cuphea for the first time this year and I absolutely love it.


  15. lovely plants and inspirational to see how care and attention can be
    rewarded in nature, the monarch butterflies will find your place indeed


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