Oh it feels so good to be back with my very first regular post again. I love to sit and write on my computer in the morning with my java and my new kitty Jackson at my side; except Jackson is full of beans this morning making typing quite the challenge. He keeps attacking my fingers as I type, so if you notice any grammatical errors...you can blame Jackson!
Well since it's Sunday, it's time for a garden post! It's been awhile since I've shown you what's blooming in my own garden, so I thought you'd enjoy seeing what's blooming in my midsummer garden.
Catmint blooms in the spring, but you also get a second, less full bloom in midsummer. I love this plant, though many gardeners consider it invasive. I don't find it near as invasive as other plants even though it reseeds regularly. It makes a great border plant as the leaves are just as pretty as the flowers, and the bees and butterflies love it. I think it looks especially lovely up against this hosta plant.
The hydrangeas are really stealing the show in my garden right now. This pretty pink one is in full bloom right in front of my garden shed.
Hydrangeas are the perfect shrub for gardens. They provide three season interest and I love how their flowers dry right on the bushes!
I also have the traditional white hydrangea bush...every year this bush gets bigger and bigger. It's one of my favorites for sure!
My baby's breath has been in bloom for over a month. It's another plant that just dries on the stem, so it is in bloom for a long time. It is a very difficult plant to get a nice photo of. It really doesn't make a good garden plant because it flops and falls everywhere, but it's nice to have around to cut for arrangements.
I used to have a lot of bee balm in the garden, but it was taken over by weeds. I just redid one garden this spring and I am starting on garden number two! This is what is left of the bee balm in the garden I just redid.
Bee Balm is great for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. I see them near this plant every day!
I have a few yellow asiatic lilies mixed in with the orange as well.
The day lilies are all in bloom. I have many different varieties. This cream colored day lily with the burgundy and yellow center is one of my favorites.
It is planted right in front of my garden pond so I get to see it's cheery blooms from my kitchen window.
I also love this vibrant red day lily. It is such a hardy, vigorous plant. I've divided it and multiplied it over a dozen times and now have it growing all over my yard.
This purple pink salvia looks great growing next to the red day lily.
I used to have a lot of purple liatris, but the weeds killed most of it off. Here are a few stragglers who managed to survive.
The tall phlox is just starting to bloom. I've actually been working really hard ripping this plant out of my yard, although I am a letting a few plants remain. It just reseeds everywhere in my yard, plus I have so much shade that the leaves get powdery mildew and it looks awful. I have even purchased the phlox plants that are suppose to be resistant to mildew, and they still get it. So I've just decided that this high maintenance plant is just not worth it.
I saw Mother Nature used my wind chime as a clematis support. Nope, I didn't plan it this way, but I love how it looks!
And finally, here is a close up of one of my hanging baskets. I mixed some yellow and purple flowers in my basket too, but my favorite is the hot pink petunia.
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