Welcome to Clay and Limestone Garden. This garden has many native(N) wildflowers and perennials indigenous to the Central Basin (Middle Tennessee), the Southeastern USA and some well mannered exotics from all over the place!...I hope you have a wonderful visit. If this is your first time here, please come by again. The conversations are lively and open to all.
Also, stop by Carol's (May Dreams Gardens) to say hello and find out which other Gardenbloggers are celebrating Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Thank you Carol, I know that GBBD keeps getting bigger and I appreciate all you do! You're the best! gail
...and now for your enjoyment, my blooming plants! All photos enlarge with a click!
Oregano has plans to take over my world....definitely a mint family member! He's a wonderful groundcover....well, maybe not all of them are well behaved!
Stargazer Lily an oriental lily with star power, has brightened up the screened porch wildflower garden. If you have the orientals you know...
they are even lovelier in closeup. Stargazer's perfume is sweet and draws Luna moths each night....the porch is a good place to watch and then breath deeply. I love working in this bed when they are blooming! These guys came from Costco...you don't have to spend a lot of money to get this kind of return.
Rudbeckia hirta reseeds and I let it! Without this plant by the end of July this garden would be desolate! (N)
Blackberry Lily/Belamcanda chinensis...I like the old bloom's twists on the tip of the developing seed pod.
Cosmos sulphureus. I have read that butterflies like this flower, but they seem to prefer the monarda, liatris and coneflower. It's pretty though. Do you have it in your garden?
Growing with the Hemerocallis fulva more golden and not nearly as orange. This is probably a version of fulva. I wonder how much the fulvas cross with other daylilies? Daylilies were my first love, wildflowers are my soul mates! Here are a few that are still in bloom.
The problem is that most of my Daylilies have misplaced their name tags in a big relocation move! So I am still trying to identify them! Even without a name they are lovely...don't you think?
Could this be Puddin or ubiquitous Stella?
Hyperion, a bit rain soaked but one of my favorite Daylilies...Hyperion is fragrant!
H fulva "Kwanzo" a delightful double ditch daylily!
Daylilies come in adorable and small flowered.
This lady has quite the smudged eye liner!
Blazing Star/Liatris spicata~~ A butterfly and bee magnet with his pal the the purple coneflower. (N)
This time attracting my camera strap! Did you know that Liatris is a member of the Aster family?
Spiderwort rebloomed after an early summer shearing. It's the only way to make him look tidy during the summer....keeps down the volunteers, too. How do you like it with the Amsonia hubrectii?....now that's a plant I highly recommend. (N)
Thin Leaf Coneflower or Rudbeckia triloba pops up here and there....it can get tall and the flowers are much smaller than other Rudbeckias, but in a native woodland it's perfect. (N)
Peachie's Pick/Stokesia laevis and a friend. Peachie has bloomed for several weeks and I am faithfully deadheading to see if she will rebloom. (N)
Summer phlox...it's back! After a two year absence from the garden! (N)
The last of the PPPP...Phlox Pilosa, the Practically Perfect Pink Phlox...I took this photo July 14, 2008 at 4:30 PM. So when I say it is long blooming I am not pulling your leg! (N) Here I am on Bloom Day adding this link to Mr McGregor's Daughter...who loves this plant as much as me!
Tennessee Coneflower, such a sweet flower, notice it's leaning toward the sun! We haven't it situated in the best spot! (N)
Purple Coneflower...there's something eating him! (N) A little black beetle that I can't identify!
Monardas on Parade: all natives (N)
Monarda didyma sps... a lovely scarlet colored beebalm who resides in the woodland garden.
Marshall's Delight in my garden and/or Blue Stocking in Iowa Victory Gardener's (Urban Oasis)
Monarda didyma v Pink Supreme with a lovely visitor.
Monarda didyma 'Grand Marshall' is smaller and redder than Marshall's Delight....also not as popular a hang out as either Marshall or Pink S. HMMM!
Homestead Purple Verbena..This guy will get a big shearing and start blooming again in a few weeks. He will bloom until a frost knocks him out!
Joe Pye Weed
Hydrangea arborescens spp.
H arborescens 'Annabelle' is what the label said!
You've reached the end of the grand tour. I hope you had fun...you've been ever so patient. Please do come back for a chat and another visit!
“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” --Iris Murdoch