It's summer time and The Susan's are beginning to bloom...
Just a few at a time, but soon the tiny prairie will be a sea of yellow
That spreads from the sunniest borders to the shadiest nooks throughout the garden (last summer).
It's a welcome color and much needed in a Middle South summer. Once July arrives with intense heat, humidity and weeks without rain~ the garden becomes a reflection of the nearby woodlands ~green with a hint and a promise of fall color.
But, don't despair for me or the garden. Amidst the greenery are enough (can there ever really be enough) colorful natives and native friendly exotics to make any gardener's heart smile. They may not be as big or as bold as their friends in the sunnier spots, but, they make a large and sometimes dramatic statement.
Phlox paniculata began blooming earlier this month. Like it's distant relative Phlox pilosa, it's been allowed to seed here and there and everywhere~I deadhead some with hope that it will re-bloom. It doesn't really~what I do get is generations of lovely sweet flowers that always attract butterflies and bees.This small stand is a descendant of the original phlox~That would make it the great x 25 grand plant or something like that~That's a lot of pollination going on~
You cannot go far with out seeing the pink and lilac flowers nodding a sweet scented hello.
And, now for a few of the supporting players of July~native and exotic:
Zinnia "Zowie" Isn't it spectacular!
I love the pineapple look it gets just before it goes to seed!
Container planted Stargazer Lilies purchased from a big box store greet guests at the door.
Gaura, one of several cultivars whose name tags have long ago disintegrated.
A sweet hollyhock of the palest pink
Unnamed morning glory in the same container as the lilies.
Kopper King Hibiscus flower.
There's plenty more, but I'll save them for another day~
Thank you for joining me here at Clay and Limestone for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day where the Living Is Especially Easy after a wonderful trip to Buffalo. GBBD is an event that knows no geographical boundaries and is celebrated hither and yon in this great big wonderful world we inhabit on the fifteenth of each and every month. Please visit Carol, May Dreams Gardens for a link to all the gardenbloggers who are celebrating the day!
Summertime You can catch Janis singing this classic or you can search the net for Ella's version! Either way you win~