In The Garden

IMG_0528The main garden is showing gold, silver and purple these days. Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina) are blooming, which I leave for the bees, purple catmint (Nepeta mussinii) is looking the best ever in various spots throughout the garden; four golden flowers: Sundrops (Oenothera fructicosa), Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata) in the middle, somewhat hidden, Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’) is starting and the tall spires Carolina Lupine (Thermopsis villosa) complete the picture.

With the current heat wave we are experiencing, things are moving along quickly. You can practically hear the plants growing.

In the driveway bed, there is pink Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red), two Foxgloves, purple and yellow (Digitalis purpurea and D. grandiflora).

In the shade garden, Primrose (Primula x bulleesiana) and next to the porch Clematis ‘Madame Julia Correvon’ is doing her thing.

With June now a memory, the July flowers are coming on strong, brought on by warm, sunny days. Stay tuned!


About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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87 Responses to In The Garden

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    Lovely! Keep those pictures coming.

  2. Angela says:

    Your garden looks so lush and a really love the natural beauty you’ve created 🌺

  3. Lovely garden and yes, everything is growing fast… we are also suffering from the heatwave. It should end on Friday and we are very much looking forward to it.

  4. Alice Pratt says:

    A perfect party place for pollinators!

  5. Lookng lovely. That primrose is a beauty and one I never find to buy. Goes so well with your other yellows.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Linda. An unusual color in the garden, I got those via mail order. They weren’t what I ordered and even the replacement wasn’t right either. Won’t be ordering from them again, needless to say!

  6. Vicki says:

    What a lovely array of flowers. I’ve never heard of Beardtongue before.

  7. What a delight Eliza! I do appreciate the flower IDs as well.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    ‘Sundrops’ is such a pretty name for them. There is a similar species here known simply as oenothera. That name does not sound very pretty, and seems like it should be Mexican evening primrose.

  9. Breathtakingly gorgeous, Eliza! 🙂 ❤ xoxo

  10. Peter Herpst says:

    Cool blooms but I really loved seeing the first image of your garden. What a wonderful place it must be.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Peter. I know, I rarely do long shots, charmed by the individual flowers instead. And there are other beds I rarely show. I need to work on that!

  11. Anne says:

    What a delight!

  12. Beth says:

    Stunning garden, amazing photos!

  13. Amazing colors Eliza 💚

  14. Robin says:

    Your garden is amazing and beautiful. So are your images of all the wonderful flowers. ❤

  15. Looking good in the garden, love those Lupines – there are some native ones here that are purple. Yours are inspiring me to find some for my garden. The placement of the layers in the garden are wonderful. Excellent design.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you very much, Amelia. Thermopsis are hardy to zone 9, what are you? I can send you some seed if you want to give them a try. They might need cold stratification in the fridge.
      There is a backside to the main garden, which I rarely view, but that’s where I put annuals like nicotiana, calendula and zinnia.

  16. dianaed14 says:

    What a lovely garden – the penstenom looks quite unusual

  17. Kris P says:

    Beautiful! I like the thought of hearing plants growing, stretching joyfully toward the sun.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. The plants really are growing wildly in this heat. They say you can hear corn growing in the cornfields, which are putting on up to 12″ a day! Gotta love that!

  18. Ali says:

    Your foxgloves are soooo beautiful! And that clematis picture.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Ali. The dark foxglove seem to be the hardiest. I had a poor showing of the pink and white ones this year. Time to get some fresh seed!

  19. Joanna says:

    So nice to see your garden!! Are the Sundrops the same as Evening Primrose that grow wild around here (I assume there too)? I’m thinking about saving their seeds to eat as a substitute for the oil. Your foxgloves are beautiful too! None of mine survived last winter.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      The garden Sundrops are Oenothera fruticosa and the wild cousin is O. biennis. The garden variety doesn’t self sow like the wild, but does travel readily via stolons over the ground, making it fairly easy to control.
      Too bad about your foxgloves! Only one of my white ones bloomed this year, but I have lots of seedlings from last year, so hoping for a good show next year.
      Do you want some of the columbine seedlings you admired in one of my posts? They are almost ready to harvest.

      • Joanna says:

        Oh, I would love some of the columbine seeds! So kind of you to offer! 🙂

      • Eliza Waters says:

        No problem 🙂 Private email me (on About Pg) with your address and I’ll send them when they ripen. Do you want just the pink or a sampling of several (I have at least 6 varieties)?

  20. Very nice garden! Must give you countless photo opportunities!

  21. Widdershins says:

    Any idea who Julia Correvon is, or was? 🙂

  22. Chloris says:

    Lovely summer blooms. ‘Madame Julia Correvon’ is a wonderful clematis. It was created in 1900 in France and C.’Ville de Lyon’ was its parent. I expect Julia was a relation of the well-known horticulturalist Henri Correvon.

  23. Penny Post says:

    What a fantastic border, I’m very envious of anyone who can have such a deep border. Lovely plants I can see a few of them being added to my list of plants i’d like, especially the Carolina Lupine.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Penny. There is actually enough ground to wade through for staking and maintenance, though it looks full. It always amazes me that so much space fills in so quickly!

  24. Beautiful, Eliza! I love seeing your rich borders against the dark woods, such a wonderful July scene. And so many pretty flowers – I look forward to seeing your garden change over the coming weeks 🙂

  25. NorCal Zen says:

    Your garden looks absolutely wonderful!! So green and lush, and with all those colorful flowers. Very tasteful, and inviting. Thank you for sharing your garden with us.

  26. Beautiful – as always!

    I need to do a post of my flowers – things are starting to shape up in my garden. All those spring hours working on putting in the perennials are paying off now.

  27. What a paradise. Your primroses look divine.

  28. Pete Hillman says:

    Your garden is looking so beautiful, Eliza! I really like your choice of flowers. Some of my favourites!

  29. Adele Brand says:

    What a stunning display! The bees must be very happy in your garden. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Adele. I love to stand in the middle and listen to the hum of bees, the squeaking of hummingbirds and see the butterflies flitting from flower to flower. It is heavenly!

  30. The garden looks lovely and I enjoyed the wonderful flower photos, especially the Sundrops!🙂 I plan on adding them to my flower list and one of these days I will be

  31. Christy B says:

    So many beauties! I can’t pick a favorite!

  32. Hit the wrong button, it must be because of the hot weather!😁 One of these days I will be able to work in the yard again when the heatwave ends.🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, I’ve been counting down the days as well. I miss having the windows open and working outside. Tomorrow it’ll be behind us!

  33. Brian Skeys says:

    The Loosestrife always does well here, sometimes to well. D. Huskers Redis a favourite, although I like it more than it likes me! It seems to vanish after two years or so.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Being a Western US native, penstemon prefers well-drained, even sandy-loam. Perhaps your soil is too moist for it? It tolerates drought really well.

  34. Jen says:

    What a gorgeous variety, I especially like the color of that clematis. Happy weekend!

  35. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Your gardens are such a delight, Eliza. My Ears Lamb did not come back this year. I don’t have much luck with Clematis but it sure looks like you do. Thank you for sharing your Paradise with me. Beautiful close-ups of the flowers! 🌸

  36. Maria says:

    Simply beautiful. Great to know by name the variety that grows there.

  37. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Looking beautiful Eliza.

  38. neihtn2012 says:

    You have such a beautiful garden with so many flowers! Do you have any problem getting enough water or rain?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Hien. It has been a little dry lately, but I’ve only had to water the garden transplants once. The established plants have proven quite drought tolerant, thankfully. I also use leaf mulch for water retention and weed suppression.

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