Summer Flowers 03

This is the third installment of photos of summer flowers.  You might want to see my two posts with photos of spring flowers as well.  Here’s what’s blooming in my yard in mid-summer.

Roses are one of the few perennials with a long bloom time.  My understanding is that while annuals need to put all their energy into blooming (to make seeds) because they will die at the end of the season, perennials must save energy for next year, so they have a shorter bloom time.  These ‘ruby’ meidiland roses have been blooming since early summer.

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rose ‘ruby meidiland’ flowers

Hydrangea ‘endless summer’ is still blooming too, but the flowers have been damaged.  I would guess it’s because of the hot weather.

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hydrangea ‘endless summer’ flowers

mid-season daylilies

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daylily flowers

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daylily flowers

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daylily flowers

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daylily flower and bud

A second variety of creeping thyme in my yard is ‘doone valley.’  Its lemon scent makes working in it a pleasure.  Can you see the bird netting?  It protects the peach tree from squirrels and birds and is staked to the ground in this area.

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flowering thyme ‘doone valley’ and bird netting

This Hosta is grown for its variegated foliage, but the flowers are nice too.  The large, tropical-looking leaves at the top of the photo belong to a pawpaw tree.

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hosta flower

This is ‘curly’ mint.  Mint flowers attract small, black wasps that move too quickly for me to photograph them.   I grow mint in pots to prevent it from spreading, as it’s notorious for taking over any garden in which it’s planted.  I bury the pots in one of my garden beds during the winter to protect the mint from excessive temperature swings and freeze-thaw cycles.  If you want to plant mint in the ground permanently, you can plant it in a deep pot (or large bucket with holes drilled in the bottom) and leave a couple inches of the pot showing above the ground.  If the pot is deep enough, it should keep the mint in one place.

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flowering ‘curly’ mint

I planted some marigolds in a window planter in my office earlier this year.  Later, I moved the planter to the steps at the front door of my house.  The nasturtiums that also grew in this container no longer have flowers.  This flower has a Japanese beetle.  They can be a serious pest in large numbers, but I haven’t seen many this year.  In past years, they’ve shown a liking for rose flowers, ferns, and the leaves of beans, basil, and the cherry tree.

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marigold ‘petite yellow’ flower with Japanese beetle

We planted zinnia ‘scarlet king’ in a large pot on June 1st.  They are growing well in the pot and producing many flowers, but they need a lot of water.

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zinnia ‘scarlet king’ flower

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zinnia ‘scarlet king’ flower

Clethra alnifolia (summersweet) is native to eastern North America.  It has a nice scent and attracts many bees.

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clethra alnifolia flowers with bumblebee

“Volunteer” sunflowers came up under the bird feeder.

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sunflower

Probably because sunflower is a native species, it attracts many types of pollinators.

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sunflower with bee

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sunflower with (probably) bee and wasp

This flower head is so heavy with seeds that it is drooping towards the ground.  I expect that birds will clean these seeds out as soon as they are ripe.  When we grew dwarf sunflowers in a large pot several years ago, a flock of goldfinches ate all the seeds from those (smaller) flowers in a day or two.

Update:  When I was picking tomatoes on Wednesday (August 7th), a goldfinch was harvesting seeds from another of the sunflower heads.  Bright yellow bird, bright yellow flower.

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sunflower head with seeds

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About brianbreczinski

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