Our mid-summer garden tour is full of perennials, like our many varieties of day lilies, that keep blooming like crazy – heat or no heat!  The roses are stressed right now, and after much needed deadheading are taking a rest and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a late summer second burst. To make up for the rose lull and pretty-up the place for entertaining, I have bought pots and pots of huge, overgrown white petunias (a [email protected] 6 bucks each) that just needed a little TLC (the “little” ended up taking 3 days of deadheading and pruning with the help from family and friends, thank-you guys!), and grouped together in over scaled pots and baskets, tucked here and there – really do the trick in the interim. The secret to keeping them in full bloom – pulling off the faded flowers on a daily basis (there’s always a price to pay for beauty). In the partly shaded areas are a small but mighty showing of astilbe and foxglove. And above all, in the midst of a hot summer, thank goodness for the refreshing power of green – ferns, English ivy, boxwood…

Ahh…the beauty of hardy perennials, the gorgeous shades and textures of green foliage, with just a touch of flouncy annuals...enjoy the tour.

  • mary fellows says:
    July 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm Reply

    “Just Lovely”………

  • As usually happens, I can’t pick which picture is my favorite. So real I can smell the earth.

  • Though not a perennial, I planted for the first time, Nasturtium – an edible flower. They look similar to a poppy and they are delicious as well as beautiful to observe.. They add great color and spice to a salad and are a beautiful garnish. They taste like a cross between a radish, arugula and watercress. Peppery and spicy and easy to grow. As soon as they blossom, pick them so the plant keeps producing. But pick them right before service. What I also love about them, is the plant has multiple colored flowers – red, orange and various yellows, so they add a beautiful splash of color, especially to a salad. I recommend you grace the salad with their beauty AFTER you toss the salad with dressing so as not to bruise and wilt the flowers. The plants love sun. Enjoy, they will blow your guests away!

  • Beautiful pictures as always. Love the flowers. I’ve never seen such robust astible . Nice job. I’m amazed the deer didn’t eat your beautiful lilies.

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