Pink Now Blue

The hydrangea featured in these photos is a color change expert.  Last year it was pink, this year it is blue.  Of course, the blue this year might be from the Miracle Grow plant food I fed it earlier in the season.  Last year I did not feed it at all with a pink result.  The photo below is to show the many blooms on this plant.  Last Fall I pruned it quite hard and thought that I would not get many blooms this year, but in fact the pruning has produced many more blooms.

 

Rudbeckia Irish Eyes

More from my new perennial garden, Rudbeckia Irish Eyes is blooming now.  Large, brilliant yellow, they are beautiful!  Catmint herb was in the background when I took this photo a couple of days ago but I have dug up the Catmint and moved it into a pot because it was rapidly spreading and this is just the first year.

Champagne Bubbles Icelandic Poppy

This little poppy, called Champagne Bubbles, is peeking out from behind annual Cosmos.  This poppy has been quite a challenge for me to grow.  It was purchased as one of many perennials for a new garden, and was first planted this year in a different location. I was excited when it formed many flower buds but then they began to drop off, 5 in all. I wondered if they were being chewed off.   At the same time I had a new day lily which looked like it was not going to bloom so I dug up the poppy and the lily and exchanged places.  And wouldn’t you know that the poppy is now blooming and growing new buds, and the day lily is forming a flower stalk.

Providing Food for Bees

We have White Dutch Clover in our lawn.. why do I not want to remove it?  Because it provides food for bees.  This photo, taken late yesterday afternoon, is reason enough for me to keep the clover.

I wrote a longer post regarding reasons to have clover on my other blog called Directing My Steps.  Here is the link:

https://directingmysteps.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/in-praise-of-clover/

 

Wild Flowers on Canada Day

For Canada Day my husband and myself went for a bicycle ride on the Somenos Dike Trail in the Cowichan Valley.  The wildflowers are in abundance now and it was lovely.  Above is blue Flax.  Just beautiful waving in the wind.

I think the pink flower below might be a wild Mallow, that is what the bud looks like.  Not nearly as large a flower as cultivated Mallow but the abundance made up for it.

Below is Queen Anne’s Lace.  I think that it is beautiful.

I am not sure what the dark pink flower below is.  I thought it might be wild Phlox but wild Phlox is blue not pink.

It is a blessing that on the Somenos Dike Trail the Municipality of North Cowichan does not mow the sides of the dike, thus providing a home for the wildflowers and whatever insect benefits by them.

From My Garden..

Just a few photos of my garden.  Above is Japanese Blood Grass and that deep rich red does look like the color of blood.  I thought that this plant had died from the cold winter we had but thankfully it was merely dormant.

Below is Astrantia Major, common name is Masterwort.  This flower was in the bouquet I posted about earlier (go here).  It was a flower we had in the garden of our previous home so hearing that a local nursery was carrying it, I had to go and buy one for myself.  It was already blooming, an added bonus.  I think that it is lovely.

Below is Day Lily Stella D’Oro.  It’s bright yellow color is not dimmed in shade.  I moved it from another spot in the garden this Spring so it is not blooming as much as it can.

Lastly, below is Jacob’s Ladder, so-called because of the shape of the leaves which does resemble the rungs of a ladder.   The clusters of light blue flowers are lovely atop a rather tall plant.

A Lovely Bouquet

This lovely bouquet was purchased last Saturday from a local farm market.  The lady had picked the flowers from her garden the night before. The large flower on the right is similar to Queen Anne’s Lace but it is cultivated and not considered a  weed.  The Anemones are lovely and delicate.  There is also Masterwort (Astrantia major) and Hosta leaves for greenery.

Below is a closer look at the Anemones.  I have some growing in my garden and can only hope that they will be as lovely as these.