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Friday, July 24, 2009

Blooming Friday~Native Friendly Exotics

Surprise Lily

Welcome to Blooming Friday a meme regularly hosted by Katarina at Roses and Stuff. You'll love her daylilies and you can follow the links to other participants blogs!
Balloon Flower

Now, a few of the native friendly exotics in my garden.

Rosa Fairy Queen

Zinnia elegans in a lovely shade of deep salmon pink
Unnamed daylily sporting pink melon coloring
Blackberry Lily a native friendly iris

Daylily July Gold

Thank you for stopping by~I hope your weekend is filled with good times in the garden and with folks you love.

gail

39 comments:

  1. Beautiful colors, Gail! Every garden needs a few exotics that play well with the natives:) Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Hi Gail, love the color on that daylily. I wish my zinnia looked like yours. Zinnias don't do well for me except in hot summers which this isn't.

    Have a nice weekend.
    Marnie

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  3. What happy colors, Gail! Have a good weekend!--Randy

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  4. Don't you love the Blackberry Lily? Fun and hardy.
    I need to post a lily from our ballet studio -- not sure if it is a 'Naked Lily' or 'Rain Lily' or what. Looks similar to your surprise lily.

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  5. Gail, don't you love it when the surprise lilies pop up? They are such an incredible bluey-pink color. Looks like you have a lot of pretty pinks (and other colors) in your garden. Thanks for sharing. ~~Rhonda

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  6. Beautiful! I love the pinks, oranges, and yellows, they look great together! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Yay for the Balloon flowers, Gail - they're still alive and blooming here, too, playing nice with some coneflowers.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  8. Very nice blooms Gail! My wife saw some balloon flowers the other day somewhere so I think we'll be adding them to the garden soon.

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  9. Nice blooms Gail, enjoy your weekend!

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  10. What a great pattern in the Blackberry Lily! And your zinnia looks too perfect to be real!

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  11. Lovely flowers Gail. I really must try Balloon Flower again. My grandfather grew Magic Lilies in his Indiana garden and I always loved them when we drove up there in August.

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  12. Baloon flower – never heard of, but i absolutely love it from your picture. What a true blue!

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  13. Lovely colours Gail - have a great weekend.
    K

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  14. Looking mighty lovely Gail. I have tried and tried to grow that blackberry lily to no avail. Wonder what I am doing wrong? It's so pretty! Have a great weekend too!

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  15. Hi Gail. Lovely colours so many diffrent daylilys, You have. Suprise Lily it's so beautiful. Thanks for all exotics flowers from Your area. Have a good weekend. /Amanda

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  16. Our Naked Ladies started surpising us this week too Gail. Your blooms shown here are so pretty. Yep, I am enjoying the weekend no doubt. I hope you are too.

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  17. Lovely flowers Gail have agood weekend

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  18. Beautiful flowers Gail. I must try the Balloon Flower. I really like that blue.
    Have a great weekend.

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  19. Dear friends, So glad you stopped by...I am thrilled with the balloon flowers this year...They have really been blooming their heads off; dead heading really helps. Cool weather and rain have helped extend bloom....

    TINA, I don't know why the candylily does well in some spots but not others...but it's true here, too. Keep trying. I will save seed for you!

    MARNIE, the zinnies I sowed never did anything! These were bought full grown and transplanted into the beds! They are a nice pink!

    Gail

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  20. Hi Gail....blackberry lily is lovely.........

    I plan to spend the whole weekend in the garden....with parents coming for a visit tomorrow evening......the forecast is good, mainly sunny......

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  21. That was a bunch of beautiful flowers. Thank you for showing!

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  22. Your blooms look lovely today!(-:

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  23. That blackberry lily is really something special :) but I enjoyed them all :)

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  24. I love all the blooms, but I;m not quite sure what you mean by native-friendly exotics--that they go well with natives and look natural?! It would be cool if we could meet up in St. Louis! :)

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  25. I love all of your photos, Gail! They look beautiful! The various lilies are all so colorful. I have balloon flower too, and I forgot to post it! It's 'hiding' amongst my other blooms and isn't very tall, so it's not standing out much. I suppose it's not getting enough sun. Your blackberry lily is amazing. I've never seen one before and how pretty it is!
    I also skimmed through some of your other posts that I haven't seen and thought the candycane lily is interesting...and the sphinx moth...and your trip to Rhode Island to see Layanee, and your visit to see your son, and and and...wow, I really have missed a lot. I'm in MA right now, on the way to Maine! Happy gardening, and keep taking those fantastic photos!

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  26. So pretty! The blackberry lilies are new to me this year, I'm going to see if they will grow here.

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  27. Monica, Native friendly exotics are plants that haven't taken over the garden or have a tendency to spread into the wilderness. I have a few native plants that might not fit that criteria! gail

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  28. It's all beautiful, I love that color zinnia!!

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  29. Hi Gail, your flowers today are all very lovely. I especially like the sporting daylily - and the blackberry lily! The spots make it very interesting!

    Enjoy the weekend!
    Katarina

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  30. Very pretty colors! Have a great weekend (we're glued to the TV watching Le Tour de France climb Mount Ventoux)

    Cameron

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  31. Looking good! I really like your Zinnia. No sign yet of my Surprise Lilies, but my Balloon Flower has just opened.

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  32. Gail, I just can't get enough of those lilies. :) One of the few disappointments this year was blackberry lily not sprouting. Someone-maybe you-sent seeds, but they wouldn't grow for me. Well try again next year as they are so lovely. All of your flowers are.

    Hope your weekend is a great one too!

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  33. I think your exotics are just beautiful Gail and I'm glad you welcome a few into your garden. It would be hard for me to resist at least some of them! (even tho your assemblage of natives is quite lovely on its own). Hope you're having a wonderful, relaxing weekend??

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  34. Gorgeous! I love the melon day lily! -Jackie

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  35. Hi Gail - hope you're having a good weekend amongst all your exotics!

    It's really wierd seeing you talking about coneflowers as wildflowers. I love having them in my garden - a good import from across the pond as the bees and butterflies love 'em!

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  36. Gosh, they're all so lovely Gail. I hope you had a great weekend too!

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  37. Fantastic choices, Gail. That blackberry lily makes me want it but it's a bit marginal for my garden, alas.

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  39. Hi Gail! I knew I was behind in blog reading, but didn't realize how far behind I was with yours. It's been fun reading from the most recent to here. I planted 2 surprise lilies in the fall, and the leaf part grew this spring, but the flowers never came up.

    I love all your blooms!

    Seeing your September charm anemone blooming caused me to ponder something. The plant I bought last year is just forming buds, so we're behind you, like we should be. The asters aren't near ready to bloom, and I think of them as fall bloomers. Do yours continue to bloom until the first frost like ours do?

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