Those of you who are familiar with plant-speak know that a "sport" is the part of a plant that does something different from the rest of the plant. Sports aren't all that common but do occur randomly when a plant feels like being weird. Thus is the case with my 'Sayonara' Dahlia. Check it out.
|The flower on the left is a sport.|
I've had this particular Dahlia for two summers now. All of the buds have opened to the velvety, crimson-red flower on the right above. And then...
One of these days I'm going to research why the rulers of the Dahlia kingdom chose to call this hunky gorgeous flower 'Junkyard Dog'.
The plant is probably six feet tall and loaded all summer with bee-filled, six-inch blossoms. I don't understand why it's so happy when all my other Dahlias are mediocre at best.
The Dahlia below waited over a year before deciding to bloom. Of course I can't remember its name. I did a quick Google search and it might be 'Rothsay Reveller'.
|Dahlia 'Rothsay Reveller' maybe...|
I just bought the Dahlia below at the Big Box. Of course the tag was useless. So, another NOID. But it's a pretty NOID and I'm hoping it's hardy.
|NOID ~~ No ID Dahlia|
Another (impulsive) purchase is this lovely pink Dahlia (below) with another useless tag. I don't have either of these Dahlias planted yet but they'll get placed in the perennial border for a bit of contrast from all the other stuff.
|Dahlia 'Mz Bee Haven'|
In other news, I'm really loving my paniculata Hydrangeas right now. The first one below is 'Limelight.' I used to have one years ago but because I was so terrible with my watering, it bit the dust. I'm better about it now and it shows. I purchased it last fall and although it's only about four feet tall, its flowers are so cool.
|Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'|
And here is H. p. 'Pinky Winky' still all white which is fine with me.
|H. p. 'Pinky Winky'|
I cut this plant all the way to the ground in late winter and it shot up to five feet with these amazing flower panicles.
|A wide shot of the area|
Another late-summer bloomer are the herbaceous Hibiscus!
|Hibiscus moscheutos 'Torchy'|
This spring, I purchased this Chilopsis linearis 'Lucretia Hamilton' from High Country Gardens. It was a tiny thing and I had my doubts about its survival. But with ample TLC it has doubled in size and is now actually putting out a few blooms! Aren't they pretty? Of course now to get it through the winter...
|Chilopsis linearis 'Lucretia Hamilton'|
Finally, my 'Avant Garde' Clematis is blooming. It was worth the wait!
|Clematis 'Avant Garde'|
And the below Clematis from Deborah Hardwick (a master Clemat-ician) is blooming. What an honor it is to have two of her beautiful creations.
|Clematis 'Burford Bell' x crispa|
A second blooming on...
A second blooming on this milkweed...
I posted in spring about this seedling Love-Lies-Bleeding. It is over five feet tall now!
My Hesperaloe decided to bloom finally...
|Red-flowered Four O'Clocks|
|Ninebark and Variegated Porcelain Vine|
|Farfugium japonicum 'Crispatum'|
|Falopia japonica variegata|
And finally, we have a few adorable critters running around. Here's the daddy or the mama--I'm not sure which--filling its cheeks with cracked corn we left out for it.
|Look at those fat cheeks!|