Thursday, August 18, 2011

Around the garden in late summer

With mornings cooler and more inviting to work in the garden after the heat wave we had, I've been doing some deadheading and poking around the flower beds.
The 'Limelight' hydrangea is in the white flowers turning to chartreuse phase.
H. 'Little Lime' blooms are becoming tinged with pink.
Weigela 'Ghost' is a Proven Winners trial shrub that has a nice shape and light greenish-yellow leaves.
Northern Sea Oats are one of my favourite ornamental grasses which grow well in part shade and this plant is on the east side of a pagoda dogwood.  The dangling seed heads will turn an autumnal tan colour  over the next month or so.
Knautia Macedonia will flower past the first frost and keep going even when the snow flies.
There's lots of insect activity too as monarch butterflies light upon butterfly bushes for nectar and compete with bees, other butterflies and this little hummingbird moth I managed to capture with my point and shoot camera.  Enlarge the photo to see his long tongue.
There's always dragonflies, darners and the petite damselflies around like this one on the pearly everlasting.
The pagoda dogwood I mentioned above was loaded with juicy dark berries until the starlings decided it was berry picking time.  A dozen or so of them have been hitting it several times a day and this morning even the chickadees wanted their fill.  I managed to get a picture of the berries before they quickly disappeared.
I'm linking with Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday and Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday.

20 comments:

  1. Lovely photos! My hydrangeas are starting to droop for lack of rain... It's so difficult to keep up with all the watering during these dry seasons... Limelight is a favorite of mine also... Larry

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  2. Love your limelight hydrangea! Once I do some rearranging of beds, I want to add one. I have never had good luck with dogwoods. I don't know what it is. So many neighbours neglect theirs and they thrive. Do you think I paid too much attention to them?

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  3. Hydrangeas are amazing. You never know for sure how they will turn out. I love the little pink touches that appear as you have illustrated. I also enjoyed your tea party post. It looks like such a lovely time out on the lawn at such beautiful setting. I'm glad your weather is cooler. Have a good weekend!

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  4. All of the flowers look so pretty, love the hydrangeas-enjoy:@)

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  5. Hi Judith, Love the photo you captured of the hummingbird moth. I have seen those in my garden too but never had a camera with me. Your hydrangeas are pretty. My 'Pinky Winky' is turning from white to pink now too. The pearly everlasting are interesting. I had never heard of them before. Enjoyed seeing your gardens today!
    Hugs, Beth

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  6. Judith ~ My hydrangea planted this year is actually budding with blossoms I noticed this morn. I am thrilled ... if only it could be as beautiful as yours. This is a hard part of the year watching all wind down for a winter's rest.

    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

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  7. Very pretty blooms and of course I love Limelight. The blooms are always so lovely.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  8. Oh my gosh...love that Limelight Hydrangea. How gorgeous is that.

    God has blessed you with a green thumb and painting fingers. He is good.

    Blessings to you my Canadian friend!

    xoRebecca

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  9. Everything looks wonderful, Judith. I love your hydrangeas!

    Have a great weekend.

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  10. I was going to mention your hummingbird moth, but looks like Beth already did. I think I read that they come from the dreaded tomato hornworm caterpillar. You do have some beautiful flowers!♥♫

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  11. I was lucky to get some nice blooms on my limelight too! I miss my big blue blooms though as they didn't come around this year. Those sea oat are so pretty and I better even more so when they turn colors. Your Topaz is adorable!

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  12. Your garden is lovely! I've always wanted to try northern sea oats. I've heard it spreads pretty rapidly. Do you find that it spreads?

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  13. Such a beautiful and colorful flower garden of yours. The dragonflies added beauty to the flowers.

    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

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  14. Your garden is still looking lovely Judith. I've been noticing butterflies around too. I have a few milkweed growing here and there to encourage them.

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  15. HI Judith, thanks for visiting. Your garden has some very different flowers in it and they look lovely. It sounds like you had a nice day trip and dinner out today too. Blessings, Pamela

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  16. Your flowers are beautiful. The hummingbird moth is very interesting looking. I've never seen one before.

    Charlotte

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  17. It seems a lot of us are reviewing our late summer gardens - I have been looking at what survived this heat and what I want to group together - the butterflies have been few - but we have hat a lot of dragonflies! Hope you're having a great day,
    Kathy

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  18. Simply gorgeous! I adore Northern Sea Oats and love how they dangle.

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