Mosaic Monday

September 15, 2014

I'm doing my first 'Mosaic Monday' post, joining Judith at her lovely Ontario garden blog,
Lavender Cottage.  

My mosaic is photos of different colours of my cherished Perennial Phlox.   The reasons I love growing them is that my dear friend, Rita, gave me most of them, they are very long blooming and bloom late in the season.

AND they provide the big drifts of colour that I so dearly love.

Have a great week everyone and happy gardening.

Late Season - Full Glory

August 29, 2014

Usually the 'full glory' time would be a little earlier than now, but maybe only a week or two.   The most colourful time in my garden has always been the late summer.  That's when the perennial phlox come out, the rudbeckia and coneflowers are still out and a few daylilies are hanging on.

Here are some pictures taken over the last few days.  

taken from the border around the 'future firepit' with the back border in the background
part of the back border - perennial phlox, white coneflower, rudbeckia, 
perennial lobelia with pink phlox in the background
purple coneflower 'Ruby Star'  
perennial phlox 'Bright Eyes'
rudbeckia 'Goldstrum' 
back of the hacienda
Have a wonderful long weekend, everyone!

Mid-August at the Cottage Garden

August 13, 2014

The grand entrances by my beloved perennials continue to be about two weeks behind schedule.  Usually by this time of year the back border is a riot of colourful perennial phlox.    This only means that we still have many things to look forward to here in Zone 4 of  Ontario.

We've had two days of a really good rain here and so the photos in today's post are a bit drippy.   I also can't guarantee that were are no water spots from the lens.

Lots of rudbeckia, which I love.  Even though I've tried to read about them, I still don't know the difference between the ones with the smooth leaves and the ones with the hairy leaves.   I know the ones with the smooth leaves are called 'Goldsturm' though.  If anyone can enlighten me, I'd appreciate it!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful middle-of-August week!

Echinacea Purple Coneflower 'Ruby Star' and Rudbeckia (with hairy leaves) 
Rudbeckia ''Goldsturm' in the foreground with some Hydrangea 'Annabelle' behind them

a closer look at 'Goldsturm' 
a closer look at the 'hairy leaf' kind 
happy mish-mash of colour in the side border

pretty two-toned perrenial phlox, also in the side border

Daylily Daze

July 31, 2014

I love this time of year, when all the dayliles are in bloom.   I look forward to the early mornings, when I can tour my flower beds and snip off the spent flowers from the day before.   It's so lovely knowing more will be blooming as soon as the sun is on them for a bit. 

I have two new varieties this year, which I've been looking forward to posting shots of. 

Both came to my garden from dear friends.  The first is one that I bought at a garden centre a few years ago and gave to my mentor, Rita.   Last fall, she gave me a division of it for my own garden.   It's my only double daylily and it's a lovely peach colour.

Rita's double peach daylily, with coral bells, Heuchera 'Bressingham Hybrids' behind

The second new one is a two toned orange and yellow one, given to me by my great friend, Paula.  This is a really different one, because there are actually two different colours, but every second petal is actually the different colour!
beautiful bi-coloured daylily, from Paula's Garden
The rest of the daylilies are also all blooming now, with the exception of 'Stella d'oro' which is my early bloomer and is finished now.   (Hopefully some more blooms will appear later in the season though.)

'Missouri Beauty'

good old-fashioned orange daylily, with delphiuniums behind
(this one is actually growing in a pot)

ivory daylily, from my aunt's garden

'Pandora's Box'

'Catherine Woodbury'

lovely red colour, with 'Annabelle' hydrangia behind

Hope everyone is enjoying their gardens.   We're having a little bit of cool weather here.   Hopefully that will mean that the flowers will last a little longer!