I am having fun trying out all kinds of fonts on this blog. Haven’t decided which I will keep. There are so many free ones out there in cyberspace.
We have had a week of rain and no sunshine. I get kinda crazy with out sunshine. I need it to bring out my sunny side. There are plants that just bloom away despite the weather and I want to show you the ones that stood out this week.
The Aster Laevis or Smooth Blue Aster is a native to North America. In the sandbox it is probably 6ft tall with many stems of blue daisy like flowers. When I was taking this photo the bumblebees were all over it.
I have shown this one before but the plant is just loaded with bloom. It is the Red Aster (sorry do not know the cultivar). The bumblebees were liking this plant too.
The Euphorbia myrsinities or Donkey-tail spurge is not in bloom at this time. It has yellow flowers on it in the spring. But the plant really stands out in the border because of the blue-grey leaves in a spiralling column. This plant does really well in the sandbox because it likes a hot and dry site. Even in the winter under the snow this plant is looking good. It does self seed and produces many more plants than you need. Just pot them up and give them away.
Chrysanthemum ‘Clara Curtis’ is blooming is several spots. I love the delicate pink flowers. This plant can be aggressive in some gardens but I have never found it so in mine. It is recommended that you snip the tips off in early July to keep the stems from becoming too leggy.
Over the weekend I was in one of my favourite plant nurseries. They had a big sale on of plants so I came home with a few. The fall is a great time to divide or plant perennials as the soil is still warm and the roots get a good start. In the spring they are ready to grow and bloom.
Chelone Lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ has a beautiful pink flower that blooms in the late summer or early fall. I will have to find it a location in part sun. It like a moist location so it may go to the bog garden. We will see how it makes out.
I love coneflowers so I just had to have this one. It is Echinacea ‘Green Eyes’. I did buy a couple of others but I did not want to write a book here. Time enough next year to show them off if they do well.
I hope that you have a great weekend. It is already October. Next weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada so will be getting ready to have the family come to dinner. Join Tootsie at TootsieTime for Fertilizer Friday. Stay positive. Valerie