FF Last Week of August

August 26, 2011

We are officially in the last week of August.  Where did the summer go?  The nights are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter.  The garden still looks nice, although a recent all-night rain has the phlox looking a little ragged.  

The rudbekia below is in it's prime this week.  I'm not sure of the name of this one, as I got it from my friend, Rita.  It's such a happy little plant and I love the way the buds look when they unfurl.  
Rudbekia coneflower,
but I call them Brown-Eyed  Susans

I wasn't sure what this one was called.  It was given to me by a friend.  Thanks to Alison at Bonney Lassie, it has now been identified to me as Malva sylvestris or Mallow! 
Malva sylvestris
Below is a lovely 'Perennial Lobelia'.  Rita gave me two, this white one, and a pretty blue one (not shown).  I was surprized and delighted to see that the white one has all kinds of little seedling plants growing up beside it.  At first I thought they might be weeds, so I'm really glad that my inner voice told me to let them be.  I have enough to give a few to my garden club's plant sale next spring.

Perennial Lobelia with pink phlox


The 'Stargazer' lily.  No explanation of this plant required.  It's just plain beautiful and smells wonderful.  My husband says to leave them on the outside of the house though.  ;)

Lilium 'Stargazer'
Check out some really great garden blogs at Fertilizer Friday.   I'll leave you with a look at my backyard border.  This picture was taken last week, before the rain hit.  It's the same garden shown in my last post 'Wordless Wednesday', but taken from the opposite end. 



Happy Fertilizer Friday and Happy Gardening!

26 comments:

  1. Your garden looks so lovely. I am finally seeing a lot of stress in mine. We did finally get hammered with rain last night, the first in about 6 weeks, but it also knocked my power out for 4 hours. It was worth it for the rain.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Your flowers look great this week! Your unknown plant is Malva sylvestris. It might be the species, or it might be one of several different named varieties -- 'Zebrina', 'Mystic Merlin', 'Braveheart', 'Windsor Castle.' Those are the most common ones that I've run into. But there are lots of others.

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  3. Beautiful photos...your garden looks great! I was just admiring the Rudbeckia in my garden this morning...it's certainly spectacular once it gets going, isn't it!

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  4. Beautiful flowers, wonderful photo captures! Love all the sunflowers an brown eyed susans this time of year.

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  5. Great photos. Everything looks so lush. I appreciate the tour.

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  6. Very lovely pictures as always! Your gardens look great! Yes, the summer has flown by! Happy Gardening! Mindy

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  7. Beautiful garden. Love the brown eyed Susans! Mine is drowning in all the Dutch rain. xo Jenny

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  8. Your garden bed is lovely and you've shown some beautiful flowers today.

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  9. Nice to see you have so much still in flower, your garden is looking as good as ever.

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  10. Wonderful flowers...and I know what your husband means about leaving the Stargazer outside...I once used it in a table center for a bridal shower I hosted, and had to remove it...too conflicting around food!

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  11. Hi Diane, Your phlox dosen't look ragged in the overall shot at all. They look wonderful. That perennial lobelia looks interesting. I may have to keep that in mind for next summer. I recently saw a whole border of Malva sylvestris in someone else's garden. It was very pretty! Have a great weekend Diane.

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  12. You have such a beautiful garden, love the curving beds. Stargazer is one of my favorites too, and even though its fragrance isn't every one's cup of tea, I brought the blooms indoors anyway.

    And the rudbeckias, well, they are such a joy, aren't they?

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  13. What a lovely garden, Diane! Yours looks so lush and healthy, hard to do, in the last week of August. I love that lobelia!

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  14. That flower bed is to die for...we can't get that look in the tropics. Beautiful photo.
    Rosie

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  15. Very pretty and yes the days are getting shorter here too and the nights cooler (days too) and wetter.

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  16. Hi Diane
    I'm late in visiting some of the gardens as I didn't take my lap top when I went to babysit grands on the weekend.
    You still have lots of colourful flowers blooming and I too love rudbeckia. Malva I started to pull our since it seeded everywhere and now there are none.
    The white lobelia does look stunning with the pink phlox.
    Have a good week.
    Judith

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  17. Delightful scenes Diane! I’m particularly fond of Malva sylvestris. Also excellent work on leaving those seedlings be!

    Bertie

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  18. Dear Diane, Your border is stunning! Love the lobelia and phlox picture. P. x

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  19. Diane, I'm so impressed by how beautiful your garden is looking this late in the season. I especially love the malva; it's a plant I've always wanted to grow, but I could just never get it established in my garden. -Jean

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  20. Beautiful blooms! And so nice to have a flower friend. :)

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  21. Your garden is looking so fresh and lush, doesn't look the least bit stressed, mine certainly does by comparison. Rudbeckias are certainly the stars of the moment as summer winds down ready for autumn.

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  22. What a magical garden you have. LOVE it!

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  23. So lovely Diane! I wondered why you were just not getting lilies to bloom, but I see you are far north of me. I have that same Malva, very floriferous, but boy do they spread!

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  24. Your flowers look great this week! Your unknown plant is Malva sylvestris. It might be the species, or it might be one of several different named varieties, 'Zebrina', 'Mystic Merlin', 'Braveheart', 'Windsor Castle.' Those are the most common ones that I've run into. But there are lots of others.

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  25. Hi Diane! Love everything and especially the pic of your entire garden. Beautiful with all of the phlox blooming. I also love the Lobelia and Star Gazer lilies. Can Rita be my friend too? :) Take care!

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  26. Don't you love pass along plants from friends. You think of them often especially when they are flowering. I wish we could all do more of it. Love your blog. I'll be back.

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