Sunday, July 3, 2011

Around the Yard This Week

 Rose 'Gold Medal' at sunset - such a wonderful, glowing color.

Things are blooming in earnest now, and the flower beds have filled in nicely for the most part.  Here are some photos from around the yard this week:

'Russian Yellow' hollyhocks, winter sown in 2010 and finally blooming now.  
They're paler than I expected, but still quite lovely.  
I hope they set lots of seed so I can 
keep it going and have some to share.

An unnamed Oriental lily, beautiful after a summer shower.

Shasta daisy 'Becky,' in low-angle light at sunset.

 Daylily 'Dear Ruth,' a charming mini-flowered plant.

One of my own seedlings, 'Prince of Sharon' x 'Clarification,' sown in 2007.  
This one made the move with us and bloomed for the first time last year.
It's a BIG flower (over 6 1/2").  I'm trying to think of a good name for it.

A fluffy white goatsbeard plume, back-lit by the evening sun.
Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) is a gorgeous, tough native Eastern U.S. plant.
 It looks like a giant astilbe; it's leaves have a wonderful corduroy texture.

A dark orange-red zinnia.  I love zinnias, they're so bold and cheerful.

 Hydrangea 'Quick Fire,' which is supposed to have its flowers
change color from white to dark salmon-red by fall.

 A cascade of blanket flowers (gaillardia).  Nothing subtle about them!

 Daylily 'Ida Miles,' a wonderful, fragrant oldie.

Daylily 'Galaxy Explosion,' a smaller spider-form lily with a bold eye.

 Daylily 'Dallas Star,' an oldie but goody.  It's another big flower, over 7".

White nasturtiums - an unusually pure white for a nasturtium.
Lovely!