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August 31, 2018

August Garden Party

Hello everyone!  
Looking forward to seeing more of your garden posts!


It’s been a good summer up here and I’m still enjoying my gardens.
I've been very pleased with this dahlia's performance.  The superbena in the lower half has also been a good performer.  

Time for a bouquet don't you agree!

When I  planted the flowering cabbage and kale plants in the flower pots they were so cute and small.... well they sure didn't stay that way!

This is a newer flower pot I grabbed to go along with the other planters I picked up earlier this year.  I love the colorful designs on them!  The garden center I was at had a fresh group of Cocks Comb (celosia- in Greek it means "to burn") that I "had" to have.   

I'm really happy with the Silver Falls Dichondra that I planted along with the Waterfall Begonias. The dichondra creates the effect of a waterfall.  The cute little duck family is a recent purchase.  I found out that a very old store from San Francisco called Gumps (founded in 1861- 157 years old) is going out of business.  I've purchased a few items from them over the years and decided to find something to remember them by.  It's so sad that another large retailer is going out of business.

A few years ago I planted a foxglove in my pink garden.  I guess some seed survived and suddenly this beauty popped up.  It's not where I would have planted it but I'm not complaining!

It's such a treat to watch the bees go up inside them!  

The Limelight hydrangeas have been flowering and I always enjoying watching them develop.  Truly a trustworthy hydrangea! 

 The giant elephant ears plant has been doing very well too.  I'm not sure I'll grow this variety again- it took a lot of abuse from wind and the leaves became torn up a bit.  Definitely impressive though!

The Annabelle Hydrangeas have shifted from white to green and are starting to get that papery feeling.  They never disappoint with huge flowers!

I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago.  

Some browning has started and they are ready to be cut and dried.


Late in the growing season things start to look shaggy.  

For Norma
Last year Dan's mother passed on August 22nd.  I planted zinnias in her honor.  When I first met Dan in 1973 I was so impressed by his mother's ambitiousness on their dairy farm (I grew up in a suburban environment- hadn't experienced such things).  She had a large vegetable garden and canned corn, beans, peas, pickles and tomatoes.  She always had zinnias planted too and I loved them.

These got so tall I was shocked.  I really didn't know they could get so tall.  I just did some reading up on them and found out there are a lot of varieties that I was unaware of.  
This variety is called Cut and Come Again.  

We've had a lot of rain lately and everything has been soaked plus it's been gray for days.  I'm ready to see some sunshine again!

This is the last Garden Party for the season and we all want to thank you for joining us and sharing your gardens!  

Please click the link below and share another garden post.

25 comments:

  1. Liz, your beautiful blooms are impressive. I love the gorgeous colors and variety. I'm struggling to keep things alive. Forget most anything blooming. Even my zinnias are gone! I have one geranium struggling to hang in there, but it has not an ounce of energy to produce a bloom. Hoping for the cooling fall temps to find their way to TX. soon.

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    1. Thank you Sarah. I hope it cools down soon and you'll have a resurgence of blooms again!

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  2. Thanks for hosting, Liz! As usual, I'm in serious garden envy! Mine's a bit forlorn this summer -- I blame the deer.

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    1. You are so kind Sandra! When is someone going to figure out how to truly keep the deer from eating our gardens!

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  3. Your gardens always amaze me. They are so lush and beautiful. I am sure your temps do help. Keeping the deer away, along with the turkeys and critters can be a pain. We have a squirrel problem, eating my petunias. A pleasure to join you as a fellow host for this garden party. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Linda- I've been blessed with a good summer and my gardens have been very happy! It's been a fun summer co-hosting these blog parties with you too!

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    1. Thank you Penny! So glad you joined the Garden Party!

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  5. Oh, Liz, I always enjoy seeing your gardens. I adore your stray foxglove! I'm determined to get a big patch of foxglove going (I'd even settle for 3 at this point). And, your dahlias are stunning. I'm going to try them in pots next year. Happy gardening for a little bit longer.

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    1. Thank you Joanna- I'm so glad you joined the Garden Party. Following you has become a treat and educational! Though we're nearing the end of our garden season we can be so thankful for a great summer!

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  6. I love all the pots and your garden is so delightful.

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    1. Thank you BJ- so glad you joined the garden party!

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  7. Beautiful garden Liz! It was such a treat to see all of your potted plants and flower beds! I sure wish we would of received more rain here (Texas) where I live, the heat and lack of rain has taken it's toll.

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  8. Everything is so lush and happy in your garden Liz! I'm so impressed with your foxglove that volunteered...it looks healthier and more robust than those I've seen at the garden center! I need to remember to plant some zinnias next summer~ beautiful blooms in honor of your MIL. ♥

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    1. Thank you Mary! That foxglove sure was a surprise and it grew so fast and beautiful it was amazing! I’m going to collect some flower heads from the zinnias and plant the seeds next year. I hope to do a better job next year with them. Thank you for joining the Garden Party!

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  9. Hi Liz, I love your gardens, especially the pink foxglove. What a treat to have it popping up in your garden. Your story about zinnias reminds me of my mother who loved and planted zinnias. There were her pride and joy....and yours are lovely too.
    Kari@meandmycaptain

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    1. Oh thank you Kari. The foxglove was such a treat to see! I’m cutting flower heads of the Zinnias to save seeds to plant more next year. They are a happy flower and easy to grow- can’t go wrong!

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  10. First of all thank you for hosting! This is a wonderful garden party! Second, I love your garden. It is a dream. The variety of plants and flowers are amazing and it looks like it is plenty cooler on hot days. Just beautiful.

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  11. Thanks so much for hosting each week!! Your flowers are lovely , Liz!! Especially the Zinnias....
    Debbie

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  12. Your garden is always so beautiful Liz! I love your hydrangeas...both the limelight and the Annabelles. So much beauty and inspiration!

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  13. Liz, the dahlias are stunning! Your gardens always perform so beautifully. Limelights thrive in my garden and the zinnias are as tall as me. Thanks for hosting!

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  14. Everything is so pretty. I loved touring your flower garden.

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  15. Liz,, your planters are breathtaking! I love Zinnias as well. They come in all sizes and varieties. Your garden is still looking so lush and beautiful.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Liz,
    Your green thumb surpasses us all! Gosh how I love your gardens, niches, trails and oh those dahlias! Summer looks mighty good on you!
    Jemma

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  17. Thanks so much for hosting this lovely party, Liz!!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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