Late Summer Flowers
Come and stroll our grounds and let the colors and shapes dazzle you.
What is the fragrance coming through my open window. It rained during the night, so the plants have had their showers. The morning after the rain definitely stirs the birds and the scent of blossoms.
Mhhh what is that smell? As I followed the scent, I walked towards the fence. What fence? The fence (not visible) serves as a trellis for a beautiful vine loaded with green leaves and blossoms. The leaves appear oval which are green and greenish blue. Ah, It’s the honeysuckle bush hanging on to the fence shouting out fragrances and showcasing its beauty. Did you know the honeysuckle bush can grow 6 to 15 ft, depending upon the location and soil mixtures.
It is loaded with blossoms. I have bushes that are white and peachy/pink/crimson color. Did you know there are over 180 species of honeysuckle. The aroma from the blossoms come from a sweet nectar. When I was young, I recall eating the honey and staying away from the berries which I was told were poisonous.
The blossoms last from spring into summer. Providing a wonderful pit stop for the birds and bees. Plus, the beauty that it brings to the landscape. The blossoms are tubular and airy. I guess, I need to pick one and pinch off the end to taste the honey out of the blossom. Ooh the taste of summer!!
Have an amazing day!
Source: New England Historical Society
You May want to plant your own Lupines, after reading this story.
There was a real Miss Rumphius who lived in Christmas Cove and secretly planted lupine seeds to adorn Maine’s roadsides and meadows.
The fake Miss Rumphius was the subject of a 1982 children’s book written by Barbara Cooney.
The real Miss Rumphius is at least partly responsible for the gorgeous show of lupines throughout Maine’s countryside in early summer. The wildflowers thrive in Maine, but they aren’t native to the state. How they got there and spread in such profusion is a mystery explained only by – well, an old lady who was the real Miss Rumphius. Read More
If you are looking for a garden plant that provides high density leaf foliage, blossoms towards the summer stage of their plant cycle then hostas plants may be perfect plant.
In addition, hostas compliment neighboring plants. Everyone is talking about sustainability – hosta plant offers sustainability when planted in gardens or containers.
As the pics show, there are many leaf varieties including wavy edged, green/white, blue/gray, and emerald edged.
-Hostas plants multiple every year;
-Perennial plant (grows back stronger each year);
-Easy to divide in spring/fall and share;
-Over 700 varieties;
-Blossoms appear in a beautiful lavender, white or light pink color;
-Semi-shade and shade lovers;
-Absolutely radiant to view several varieties in a garden or container;
-Slugs may visit; and
-Plant and grow maintenance. If you plant in a container, the hosta will come back each year so just add a few annuals or perennials. If planted in ground can appear in circles, rows, squares and great border plants. Great for the budget!
Come and find the hostas that inspire your gardening needs!