Monday, August 18, 2008

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

I guess this is one way to keep the bunnies from eating the sunflowers! Probably not the best way tho! Looks like it's time to clean the eaves troughs. After all the raves from Perennial Gardener, I had to get a "Limelight" Hydrangea.
I dug out the old hydrangea and put it in a shadier area. It was getting way too big for the space anyway. I love the color of the "Limelight" and I have very high expectations!
I've checked the web and cannot find the name of this night bloomer. The leaves look like a skinny dandelion and the blooms look a lot like the evening primrose. I took these pictures at 10:30 at night.
Click to enlarge and see what's on the blooms. I didn't realize it until I put them in the computer because it was pitch dark out.
This is another night bloomer. I did take this bud picture during the day.
I love this type of Datura. I call it an Angel Trumpet but the blooms grow downward in most types. These blooms will last for part of the next day.
I have them in a pot and I put it in the basement for the winter. All the leaves fall off but if I'm lucky it starts to grow in the spring.
The flowers are 5 to 6 inches long. I'll try to get a seed pod to grow this fall and share the seeds.
I hope you enjoyed Bloomin' Tuesday. If you would like to show what's blooming where you are planted just add your name and blog address to Mr Linky and post a link to this post on your blog. Remember, you must sign up every time you want to participate. Click on the names below and enjoy a garden tour !


Deborah said...

I love the evening pictures!

Anonymous said...

Lovely night bloomers Jean. I'm glad you got you one of those "Limelight" hydrangeas. They are a real winner in my books.

Aiyana said...

That sunflower is determined! I planted Sacred Datura last year, hoping to have white night flowers, but not one seed came up. I guess all species of Datura have the same flowers; the photos on the label looked just like yours.

Suzanne said...

Little did we know that we could start looking up to plant when our gardens were all planted out! The sunflower picture is priceless.

Your Limelight Hydrangea is absolutely beautiful. I need to get a couple of hydrangeas in my garden. I just love 'em!

Also, the Datura is wonderful. Such a beautiful, pure white. Wow!

Deb said...

Hi Jean
Your Limelight Hydrangea is gorgeous! And I love the Sunflower picture :-) You really DO have a green thumb :-)

Dee said...

Oh I love those Hydrangeas! My Mom had a Lime lite one! My little one is growing but way to small to bloom and is really not a plant made for the desert!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Look at the sunflower!!!!
I bought several plants yesterday on sale...our ground is hard as a rock...don't know how I'm gonna get holes dug.
Did you want a won the cat-name contest?

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JustinB said...

Thats a cool sunflower!

Naturegirl said...

Love the datura and the spot by your garden shed! Travelling to France and I am stopping by! au revoir NG

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Jean, I love your Limelight Hydrangea!
Also, that is one determined little sunflower!
Love, Ann

skoots1mom said...

Come visit my yard's sitting little greeter, Susannah, will welcome you!
Enjoyed your evening pics!

Mrs. Staggs said...

Jean, I love the way that pretty hydrangea looks against your garden shed. It's such a nice combination, and combined with your birdbath it all makes for such a very peaceful, lovely vingette.

Congratulations on paying off the mortgage. My husband and I did that about 3 years ago, and it's such a great feeling!

Best wishes!