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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Today's Flowers - Blooms everywhere I look

I thought I'd start with my Rose of Sharon which has just started blooming recently. I have several different varieties and they come up throughout my garden. Since left to their own devises they become small trees, I have to think about it when I let new volunteers grow.
Rose of Sharon are members of the hibiscus family but their blooms are smaller than the tropical hibiscus. Below is a shot of my Rose of Sharon reaching up through the trees.
Another star in my garden at the moment are my hydrangea bushes. The blooms are at different stages on a single bush which I enjoy.The early blooms are white and blue and then they start to go solid blue.Later they turn almost purple. What surprises me is at the moment I have individual blossoms on a single shrub that are representing the various stages so it's a lovely mishmash.
There is so much in bloom at the moment, it's hard to know where to stop. Below is a wildflower which is very tall with small blooms. Below is a closeup of the flowers.To give you an idea of the size of the bloom, below is a wider shot and these are the flowers near the top of the photograph.
I have always loved meadows and I'm discovering that all it takes to achieve a meadow after years of gardening is to stop weeding. Some might see a section of weeds, I see a meadow.
My mini meadow is filled with purple cone flower (above), coriopsis (below) and blackeyed susan (last shot), amongst other flowers and grasses.
The butterflies, bees, birds, dragonflies, rabbits, and other animals love to hang out in my wild garden. The mosquitoes do too but hopefully they will be eaten by some of my more desirable visitors. I guess that's a little harsh but I don't like getting bit. I don't mind bees because they are more interested in the flowers than they are in me.For other participants, please go to the home of Today's flowers.

22 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Happy Father's Day dear friend Carver! All love and happy in your life always!!!!(In Brazil we celebrate Father's Day in August)

Fantastic series of flowers and I know that everybody love it!
Thanks a lot!
purrs and love
Léia and little Luna(from Brazil)

Daryl said...

How lovely your garden grows ... I learned recently that hydrangea turn different colors depending on the amount of something in the soil, of course now I cant remember what but I am sure someone will comment on it.

ellen b. said...

Beautiful Rose of Sharon and the color of your hydrangeas are wonderful! Have a good week!

molly said...

Beautiful pictures!

Bim said...

What a splendid garden you have - the flowers are all gorgeous :)

VALKYRIEN said...

What a gorgeous collection of flowers for Today's Flowers! You have a lovely garden for sure!

Have a great Sunday!
Valkyrien

Leora said...

I love the chameleon like nature of the hydrangea. Sadly, my cone flowers have all gotten chomped up; perhaps by deer? Your Rose of Sharon bloom so much earlier than mine. A wonderful garden: thank you for sharing!

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful flowers such a wonderful mix for the first day of summer.
Happy Fathers Day.

SQ

Carver said...

Thanks so much to everyone for visiting. I appreciate the father's day wishes and wish the same for all of you who are fathers. I am actually a mother myself, ha. My name is confusing and since I've gotten several father's day wishes I thought I'd mention that I'm a Mom. My parents named me (their third daughter) after my grandfather so a lot of people who only know me as a name on a blog don't know until I mention it so I'm mentioning it. Cheers, Carver

Island Rambles Blog said...

very nice series of wonderful flower shots....you must have a good camera as it is so clear...I will come back as you have such a lovely site...cheers.

Randi said...

Your garden must be a very special place. The Rose of Sharon is really a beauty! Have never heard about it. I love the hydrangea, but I have never seen different colours on the one bush. I grow mine in containers to keep different PH to obtain different colours.

Tammie Lee said...

each photo is so very lovely~

Sandy Kessler said...

what glorious colors Sandy

storyteller said...

What a LOVELY array of colorful blooms you've captured and shared today. I didn't know Rose of Sharon was related to hibiscus, but I see the resemblance. Happy Father's Day!
Hugs and blessings,

Dee said...

That Rose of Sharon is beautiful! I've never heard of it.

EastCoastLife said...

Ohhh... the beautiful blooms in your garden! How lovely! It must look quite a sight!

Heart of Rachel said...

Those are pretty flowers. I can just imagine how wonderful it is to go around that colorful world.

Mar said...

Your garden is a fascinating place and a permanent source of delight. Beautiful!!
Mar

Regina said...

What a beautiful garden you got!
Nice blooms and shots.

Mimi Lenox said...

Lovely!
I've never been able to keep hydrangea alive for some reason. These are just beautiful. I like the pre-blue stage. So innocent and real....

Ayie said...

Belated father's day greetings!

beautidful flowers, i love the hots!

napaboaniya said...

Really lovely!!!
Sorry I'm late, I was on vacation (my post were auto-published).
I'll catch up with ya soon!