1. I received a bouquet last fall from a friend, a bouquet of Hydrangeas. They lasted in a vase of water for a very long time, way past Christmas.
After some time I realized that some were growing roots. I hadn’t even thought to try that! Eventually we tried potting up the strongest one, and come spring it was planted outside. It was a tiny thing and had perhaps 2 leaves. It sulked. I expected it to die, and ignored it.
Later, as summer started I noticed a bud forming between the leaves. It grew and grew and became a flower last week. So now I have a plant that is about 6-8 inches tall and most of it is the bloom. Crazy. I wonder what will become of it over the winter and next spring!
2. Do you know pineapple lilies? These two pots are growing from one plant received in a bouquet in the summer of 2008. Full sun for these!
3. I love Agastaches of many kinds, but this one is my favourite: Agastache rupestris with its fine blueish gray leaves. The scent is wonderful! Loves sun.
4. Kirengeshoma palmata is a wonderful part shade plant with maple like leaves. The bloom is from one to two inches long. Nice to have colour late in the summer!
5. Tricyrtis first bloomed this week. Another great shade garden flower!
6. Recent Clematis blooms in this addict’s garden.
See the bee inspecting Clematis Buckland Beauty?
C. Kaiu winds about the Rhododendrons.
C.Princess Kate has fewer blooms this year, but is very sweet.
C. Blekitny Aniol (Blue Angel) got off to a slow start and lost a major stem. Finally she is blooming again. Our heatwave has not been a help!
Mrs Tage Lundell is in her first year here.
Clematis Yukikomachi is lovely. She grows in a Cornus Mas tree, but this year was hiding. I found her only bloom this week!
C. Mikelite is a long blooming beauty.
C.Joe Zary has a few late summer blooms, even in our extreme heat.
Clematis Gravetye Beauty is blooming on new growth at this time. This photo shows her quite red. She is less bright and more of a burgundy in my yard.
Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’.
A second bloom now for Clematis Pink Flamingo.
Clematis Pink Mink is still blooming through Thalictrum ‘splendide’.
Still a great deal to enjoy in the garden here in the Pacific Northwest.
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