Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Eye-Minded Me in my July Garden

An interesting coincidence today is the daily word of the day.

Eyeminded: adj. disposed to perceive one's environment in visual terms and to recall sights more vividly than sounds, smells etc.

As an eyeminded person, the July garden is rife with eye-candy for this eyeminded person, exactly the way I want it. But, lest you think I'm not appreciative of the other senses, there are buzzers everywhere and the air is fragrant with floral sweetness. And the berries are ripe so I'm popping a few of them in my mouth as I putter.

Here are a few of my happy clematis:

Clematis viticella 'Ville de Lyon'

Clematis viticella 'Madame Julia Correvon' and 'Alba Luxurians'

Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' and 'Palette'

Clematis crispa hybrid

Another Clematis crispa hybrid

Clematis 'Haizawa'

Clematis viticella 'Rosalyn'

Clematis viticella 'Minuet'

Clematis florida 'Alba Plena'

Clematis integrifolia 'Alionushka'

Clematis viticella 'Venosa Violacea'

Clematis 'Venosa Violacea' with Star Jasmine

Clematis viticella 'Kermesia'

Clematis viticella 'Confetti'

Clematis viticella 'Pagoda'

Believe it or not Clematis is not the only thing I grow.

Sidalcea 'Party Girl'

Leucanthemum x superbum 'Ice Star

And may I present the mopheads:

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Ayesha' still at its lightest color

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Buttons & Bows'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Peppermint Swirl'

Dianthus x isensis 'Dancing Geisha' (Sorry for the crappy photo)

Dianthus x isensis 'Dancing Geisha' (Another out of focus photo)

Penstemon 'Garnet'

The second flower on Gardenia 'Frostproof' with Nandina foliage behind it.

Finally I wanted to share photos of my twenty year old Pineapple Guava. (Feijoa sellowana) Specifically, its very first flowers. You read that right. My twenty year old plant has finally decided to grow two little flowers. I photographed the progression.

My first glimpse at the semi-hidden buds, centered inside the shrub.

Next year I hope to have a bush loaded with flowers. I'll keep you posted. 

Finally a few critters:

A sweet baby bunny and so far, no noticeable damage to my plants.

One of several hummers, taking a break from dive-bombing

A teensy frog, no bigger than my pinkie fingernail.
 I hope your garden is making you happy.Thank you for visiting.


  1. It's great to see the flowers from your pineapple guava, but I'm also curious to know how big your plant is now after 15 years in the ground. Mine has been in the ground for two years and is growing very slowly. I don't even know for sure if it's gotten any bigger.

  2. Everything looks so beautiful. I love clematis too. I wish I had more of them.

  3. "Eyeminded" - interesting term and the first time I've ever heard it. Your clematis collection is utterly fabulous.

  4. WOW!!! Be still my fluttering heart over these beautiful blooms. As always I love and enjoy seeing your wonderful garden spaces filled with so much beauty. Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  5. Grace girl .. we both have a thing for clematis (even though I sort of .. hum .. curse them for being "viny" and a pain to tie up/support?) .. I love the flowers.
    You are so patient with that plant but WOW .. FINALLY !! congratulations ;-)
    I love your little creatures and you know how much I envy you those little frogs .. my absolute favorite.
    Hey .. I keep meaning to do an email to ask you how you like the OLD Phyllis back on Y&R ... BIG YUCK !!! LOL

  6. Love the clematis and jasmine together... and such a cute lil' frog.

  7. Loving all those clematis! It's surprising you didn't overlook the flower buds on the guava. I wonder what took it so long to bloom?


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