Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ed Brown and "company" Green Thumb Sunday

I know this is Sunday, July 26.
And this is a Green Thumb Sunday post.
Feel free to click on the photos - most of them enlarge nicely.

However, I'm going to begin with a photo of 'Ed Brown.' He was the new daylily about to bloom in my last post, and he was opening as I left the driveway early Saturday, July 18.

Meet Ed.
(Doesn't he look as though his name should be Edwina?)
I let him bloom once. Now we'll wait until next year.
(Isn't he GREAT?)

The following photos show of some of what's blooming around here today. I have to admit that my Shady Yard has a lot of sun these days. At least in the front yard. I'm enjoying it, but at least you'll still see plenty of shade everywhere else!

This is 'Spiritual Corridor'

When I drove in the driveway after Church today, I had to grab my camera
and head back down the driveway.

Our trip to Atlanta was absolutely wonderful. I'll be posting on "Making Memories" soon. But I must admit that it's always great to return home. :-)

I have this tiny patch of Japanese Blood Root.
This is usually an aggressive grass, but it doesn't have room to spread.
Just Perfect! :-)

Out in the raised bed gardens, the phlox are going crazy!

However, if you look very closely - directly in the center, just over the top of the phlox -
you'll spot Joe Pye Weed. This is the first time he's threatened to bloom in the 6 years since he was planted.
It's just Way Too Shady for him here!
I planted 'Little Joe' in the Sunny Corner Bed last year. He's really growing! But this Joe is the same height as 'Little Joe.' If this Joe were in the sunlight, I wonder how tall he'd Really Be?

'Sum and Substance' has outdone itself this year!

'Starfighter' Oriental Lily

'Palace Purple' Heuchera

Blue Mouse Ears is diminutive. The impatien is a small seedling.

'Pamela' is a dwarf astilbe.

This is a close-up of her distinctive flowers.

This is an unnamed hosta with a guest.

Blackberry Lily - note how the petals curl when the flower is finished blooming.

You might want to watch for Green Thumb Sunday posts. Visit As the Garden Grows to join this meme. In the meantime, head outdoors and look around. You'll probably find something out there that you hadn't noticed blooming lately! Happy Sunday! :-)


Rosey Pollen said...

Oh la la! The blackberry lily is too pretty! Love your front yard, I can tell you have worked a lot of this!

Carolyn gail said...

Yes, indeed,it's always good to be back home again. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip to the deep south.

Your garden is looking better than your neighbor's :-) Great photos.

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I love astible and that drawf one is so lovely. -Jackie

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Isn't it wonderful to come home and see your garden with fresh eyes.! What a riot of color to greet you.

Gail said...

Welcome back! Can't wait to her about Atlanta! Wow, Shady, it is sunnier in your front bed...and the prairie plants seem happy with the look! I like it, too! Joe Pye does ok in my garden in less then full sun. I wonder what it would look like in all day sun, deep soil with plenty of moisture! My next garden! gail

Rosemary said...

Lovely daylily I agree definately an Edwina, love blackberry lilies and oh your shady garden so beautiful I so want to take a stroll.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Rosey, I think Blackberry lilies can grow about anywhere. Mine grow tall and "spindly" in their shady spot. I planted some in the Sunny Corner this Spring. They will show their stuff next year. I'm sure they'll be sturdier. ;-) Once you plant most perennials, they pretty well become established while you add other things. It all comes together eventually! Thanks for your visit!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Did you go to the Atlanta bot gardens?! Guess I'll just have to wait for your post. It is good to be back to one's garden, isn't it?! Love the blackberry lily!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Carolyn, Thanks! :-) We were able to visit a couple of important sites: Olympic Park downtown and Martin Luther King Memorial. I'm so glad we could visit both. We stayed in a Church across from Grant Park.

Shady Gardener said...

Jackie, Astilbe are a unique creation! Pamila is the only one I've seen that is so low to the ground with fuzzy flowers like this.

Lisa, Absolutely! I stand amazed at the variety of plant life alone in this world! :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Gail, I'm so tempted to plant a thornless honey locust in the front for future light shade. It's such a pretty tree, especially in the Spring... What do you think?

Shady Gardener said...

Rosemary, hop on over. ;-)

Monica, No... we had very little time for sight-seeing. We visited the Olympic park downtown one evening and the Martin Luther King Memorial another evening. It was a wonderful trip, though!

Kathleen said...

Welcome back from me too Shady Gardener. It IS always good to come home plus it gives you a chance to check on your beautiful garden and make sure everything is doing well. It looks like its doing wonderfully to me despite your trips away. I love the long shots. They're gorgeous! Glad you'll get to see a Joe Pye bloom. My one plant is in full sun and has expanded over the years to where it now covers approx a 4'X3' area in the center of my front garden bed! It gets between 5 & 6 foot tall each year. My parents plant is even taller. It really steals the garden thunder in August for sure.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You came home to lots of flowers. I love the Blackberry lilies that I've been seeing. Your gardens are so pretty and the shot of the garden with the trees in the background is just beautiful. It looks so shady and cool.

Sue said...

I always enjoy seeing both close ups and wider views. Your place is looking awesome! I did mentally bring some of your beds out into the sunny area.

To answer your question on my blog, I may move some of the plants over to the other side where I don't have to dig after all, and put the rest either in pots or another spot across the street.

I forgot to ask which end of the street they were going to start, but I think he was looking in the direction where it would be only a block from here. I hope that's the case, because they say it could take several weeks to get finished. I think I'll go ahead and take the plants out tomorrow. I asked if it's OK to take some dirt out of there, too, and was told it is. My 2 Prairie Smoke geums are probably going to need to be moved. I'm not sure how well they will do being moved.

lynn'sgarden said...

I have Spiritual Corridor too, in bloom! I bought it for the name and description but actually do LOVE the bloom! I love that blood grass, too!

troutbirder said...

What a beautifully landscaped yard. The flower collection is wonderful Shady!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Welcome home! Yes, Ed is such a girly man, a lovely, frilly thing, definitely worth the wait. Your borders look outstanding now

joey said...

There's no place like home, Shady, and especially lovely to be greeted by delightful garden surprises.(Perhaps 'Ed Brown' is a cross-dresser :) Love the Atlanta area ~ sister once lived in Dunwoody ... one niece & 2 nephews still living there.

Anonymous said...

Quite the collection you have going. The astible has unique flowers, very pretty.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kathleen, Today I sat in the backyard and talked to one of my favorite relatives for about an hour, I think! At least we had a nice long conversation. :-) And I just looked into the trees and appreciated being able to just sit around!! Joe Pie is amazing... Little Joe is just starting to bloom. I'll have to take some pix tomorrow! Thanks for visiting. :-)

Hi Catherine, I think we also have a lot in common. Sun, shade, etc. Don't you love visiting your favorite garden blogs (I know there are many I haven't yet visited) to see what's happening? :-)

Hi Sue! Thanks for the compliment. This is a wonderful gardening year (again)! I can hardly take credit. Good luck on moving your PS Geum. I think most things would do well in pots until they're re-planted later. I'll keep watch on your posts.

Hi Lynn, Spiritual Corridor is blooming again today. I just planted it this Spring. Have you had yours long? Mine put up one flower scape, so it will be finished blooming after tomorrow, I think. I also love my new "Startle!" It's been amazing, too!

Troutbirder, Thank you for the compliment. I can't take a lot of credit, as the rain as been plentiful and the weather nice and cool. :-) (No brown grass yet!) lol

Hi MMD! :-) Are you getting somewhat dry these days? I watered all my new plants this morning and the ground soaked the water as soon as I poured it! (No run-off!)

Joey, You're right. I feel a little like Dorothy... "there's no place like home, there's no place like home..." ;-) lol. Your
Funny comment!

Chad and Brandy, You'd really like to see these flowers in person. I know YOU would take great photos! :-)