Weekly Garden Highlights – July 8

Coral Penstemon barbatus

Coral Penstemon barbatus

Another beautiful week in the garden. The weather has been hot the past few days, a bit too dry, but thunderstorms are predicted later today through tomorrow. We need the rain!

Highlights in my garden this week (hover over or click photos for ID):

I’m linking up with Gillian at Country Gardens UK for her weekly ‘Looking Good’ garden showcase. Click the link to see her and other gardener’s highlights this week.

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57 Responses to Weekly Garden Highlights – July 8

  1. Jim Ruebush says:

    I especially liked the Lettuce Leaf Poppy and the Cherokee Clematis. All very pretty flowers.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you kindly, Jim. I saw ‘Cherokee’ at the nursery this spring and just HAD to buy it! The poppies self-sow every year – such an easy, eye-catching plant.

  2. Beautywhizz says:

    Gorgeous, love the clematis with droplets on it.

  3. Laurie Graves says:

    Beautiful! And you’re not going to believe this—or maybe you will—but I have blue glass ball in my garden that looks very much like the one you have in yours. Son of a biscuit!

  4. Beautiful Thanks so much for sharing them.

  5. Cathy says:

    It really is looking lovely Eliza. That penstemon is a beauty. 🙂

  6. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Great gallery of colours – things certainly looking good in your garden Eliza!

  7. Karen says:

    Lovely Eliza! Hope you get your rain soon.

  8. Archita says:

    Coral Penstemon and Cherokee- every time I see them, I dream of having them in my garden. 🙂 Beautiful garden, Eliza. And also happy rainy weekend! I love rain.

  9. Ann @Ann Edwards Photography says:

    it is all looking good, Eliza. I particularly like your clematis ‘Cherokee’ – a real beauty.

  10. spanishwoods says:

    Oh these images are absolutely stunning. Just beautiful.

  11. All lovely shots, I particularly like the clematis.

  12. Soooooo pretty. You much love being around all the beautiful flowers everyday.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Gigi. I do love my gardens, they give me a lot of pleasure. Tonight the nicotiana filled the air with the scent of honey. Bliss!

  13. arlingwoman says:

    Wow, things are looking beautiful–and the coral penstemon are quite something.

  14. Nicci says:

    You have an amazing garden. Gorgeous shots.

  15. Coral Penstemon barbatus is so light and airy. What a great plant to have in your garden. I love the shot of the hostas and astilbe. I must try astilbe again. I’ve given up on hostas.

  16. Brenda says:

    I love the nicotiana and milkweed (swamp, is it?). You have a beautiful variety of colors and shapes.

  17. Inger says:

    Beautiful captures, what a lovely garden you have! 🙂

  18. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Beautiful Eliza. We have that coral penstemon. It grows wild and is known as skyrockets. All or your pictures are really lovely.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Mary. High Country Gardens, a Santa Fe NM nursery, offers it (and many other awesome plants). Do you know it? Great drought tolerant plants!

  19. Your clematis look so robust, fresh. Mine have withered in this terrible heat and humidity, Bet the hummingbirds love that penstemon?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I mulch clematis well and plant things nearby so their roots are shaded. That helps. Yes, very well provided for are the hummingbirds around here!

  20. Those coral flowers are gorgeous!

  21. Kris P says:

    Your garden is indeed looking good, Eliza! I love that Penstemon and wish they performed as well here.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Kris. I’m surprised to hear that penstemon don’t perform well for you. I hear they grow wild in NM. Maybe you don’t get a full dormancy perhaps?

  22. MK says:

    What variety! My favorite is the milkweed, I think. 😉

  23. Maria F. says:

    This is great Eliza, magnifico!

  24. Such magnificence in these flower designs – some like bells, others displaying in full throated colour; what a visual treat!

  25. Bun Karyudo says:

    These are very pretty. I especially liked the coral penstemon barbatus. It made me think of lupins that had been on a diet. 🙂

  26. Kathy Sturr says:

    Beautiful Eliza! LOVE that Penstemon. I am missing my garden.

  27. Eliza, such beautiful photos – what a delight to see your garden in bloom! I see that we grow many of the same plants but I’ve never had luck with Penstemons. Your Coral Penstemon is spectacular – all of those lovely wands of color.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you kindly, Lynn. Full sun and dry to well-drained soil for penstemons I’ve found is best. You might try again, my first attempts failed, too. One I fell in love with this spring is Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Electric Blue’ – OMG Gorgeous!

  28. noir33 says:

    Love the purple milkweed. Been looking for seeds of that plant.

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