Saturday, June 30, 2012

Checking Out My Cousin's Flowers

Besides me, our family has other gardeners.

There's my sister in law who planted the "Prettiest Window Box in Town" (and has a yard full of flowers), my cousin who has beautiful flowers in beds and in pots and my Aunt (my Mom's sister) who I visited with today, and still plants a couple big vegetable gardens and flowers in pots and beds.

My cousin likes to try more unusual perennials. Not the ones everybody plants. Here is one:



This one is a dropwort filependula. A little 18-24" ferny foliaged perennial with white tiny clustered blossoms that blow every so softly in the wind. I have one too that was a division of this one, but it is much smaller. A slower growing, non-invasive perennial.



I also like this Sea Thrift. A little grass like, slower growing tuft with bright pink balls of tiny blossoms on taller stems high above the foliage. Also in the photo, to the right, creeping thyme and in the background a miniature watering can with hen and chicks.


Also not a widely planted perennial because of the bright orangy red bloom color, is the Maltese Cross. I love red blossoms and think every garden or border need a few. I also grow Maltese Cross.



She also had two clematis blooming. The one on the right is not your usual clematis. It's a lighter color and has a fuzzier center than most of the clematis that I have or have seen.

A little sedum in full bloom with some hen and chicks.

Look at the nice rock, manufactured edging she has around her flower border! We just missed her penstamon, creeping baby's breath, poppies and baptisia in full bloom, but maybe we can catch some summer bloomers yet this season. One of my favorites, Asiatic lilies are about to bloom.


One thing I noticed right away was that my cousin's potted plants were more advanced than mine! I am going to say it's because I had a cutworm caterpillar attack, and some are still recovering, and some were re-planted (or maybe it's because she uses Miracle - Gro potting soil?) Hmmm. Not sure. Oh I know, I was busy with a grad party the whole month of May!

Here is a nicely mounded little annual baby's breath on a black metal bench with one of her garden angels.


These pots too were outstanding! Have you ever seen a pansy pot so covered in blossoms as the pot with yellow pansies to the left of the bench? Those are pansies, the foliage is barely visible under all those blooms.

The Calibrachoa or Million Bells in rose color in the front, center is just gorgeous too. These, and the petunias were favorites of the cutworm caterpillar at my house.

A cute little metal chair with hen and chicks.

Also yellow Calibrachoa or Million Bells in yellow, purple Angelonia and not sure wat the trailing silvery foliage is in back.

Another sweet garden angel!

Metal flowers on the privacy fence and a "hummer" sign from the Tattered Angel, a local shop.

Beautiful lobelia. Not easy to grow in the north or south. Does not like heat but so pretty.


Finally a close up of annual grass new at one of our local greenhouses this year.

The next photos were taken by my cousin and shared with me.  I think you will enjoy these garden close ups.

Bird on Sunflower heads.


Butterfly on a verbena blossom


Butterfly on Osteospermum
 One of my favorite photos.

Spider and Fly on Marguerite Daisy
 I love these close ups of the spider.

Spider and Fly on Marguerite Daisy

I hope you enjoyed "my cousin's flowers"!





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17 comments:

  1. Everyone in your family are wonderful gardeners! What gorgeous plants!

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  2. Beautiful! I also read your post about succulents...I love them too.
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my new "grape-colored" garden chairs!
    All the best!

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  3. What a beautiful garden!!! I'm inspired! Happy sunday.

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  4. Gorgeous! I love the fake rock border too. I wish I could find that here. I need to go to Lowes and/or Home Depot just to see what's available in the real world! LOL! You must all have a great gardening gene running in your family!

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  5. Carlene,
    I sure did enjoy your cousin's flowers!!

    Beautiful blooms!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  6. Carlene, I can see that there are more than one green thumb in your family. I enjoyed seeing all of her beautiful flowers. She does have some unusual ones. I have Sea Thrift also and really enjoy it. I've been having problems with tiny baby grasshoppers eating everything. Hubby sprayed today. Hope it helps.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  7. Thanks for showing your cousin's garden..I loved seeing new-to-me plants. I usually plant my old faves, but always on the lookout for something new and different. Have a great Sunday,
    Babs

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  8. Your family should have a walking garden tour!

    That clematis is breathtaking!

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  9. Loved the photographic tour. You are right about the lobelia - mine is lying off the edge of its pot due to our high heat. It just does want to stand up. I live in Carolina, so pansies are for winter - they die around the end of April. Beautiful!

    Distressed Donna down Home

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  10. I love the plants in this garden. Your family has some good gardeners. I keep promising myself to plant armeria (sea thrift) I love this plant. The pots on the porch are wonderful.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

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  11. GORGEOUS, gorgeous. I'm so jealous. Everything at my house is burned to a crisp. And, we're not even supposed to water. WE NEED RAIN.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I love to visit gardens. Your family is very talented. I love the angels with the potted plants.

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  13. Well all her flowers are gorgeous! And I love all the fun garden details.

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  14. Beautiful flowers, thanks for sharing!

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  15. Her flowers are gorgeous! You're making me want to go work out in the yard...maybe. lol. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again next week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  16. I loved every one of these flowers! I am fortunate to grow Maltese Cross and several clematis, but you have introduced me to several new plants that I'd now like to try, so thank you! Have a teriffic 4th!

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  17. Oh my gosh.. Love your blog... Love how your garden looks.. the flowers.. the little angels.. so gorgeous.. and pretty.. I had to show this to my mom.. who love.. loves.. gardening.. :)

    Hoping over from the dedicated house... and following you now!! Sure hope you'll drop by at colours dekor too :) Have a fabulous week ahead..

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