Blooming In My Garden 7/26/2009

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Some photos of the things blooming in my garden. The photo above is of purple Liatris commonly known as Blazing Star or Gay Feather. It has been a Bumblebee magnet in the garden this year and I have to make note to plant more of these bulbs in the garden. 

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Echinacea ‘Magnus’ has larger than average cones.

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Supertunia ‘Vista Silverberry’. A gift from Proven Winners to garden bloggers who attended a symposium in Chicago back in May.



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One of the sunflowers in my garden that now regularly pops up after being planted a couple of years ago.

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An NOID allium grown from seeds someone gave me.

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NOID Creme and yellow Oriental Lily.

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Echinacea ‘Coconut Lime’ purchased recently at a garden center in Chicago.

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A NOID yellow sunflower. I mentioned in the post about saving sunflower seeds that the seeds you save may be from hybrid plants and not give you a flower like the one you were saving for. This sunflower is an example of that. Grown from a package of seeds given away by the BP gas station a couple of years ago. The original flowers were 6-8 feet tall with huge blooms, they now only reach 3 feet tall and have diminutive flowers.

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Calendula, also known as pot marigold, a nice annual and companion plant in the garden that know self-seeds.

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Lavender blooms of a NOID hosta grown from seed given to me.

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Another Oriental Lily, like the one above it is fragrant.

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Larkspur, like the campanula above is an escaped annual from a neighbor’s garden who like to garden with those wildlower seed mixes I oppose.

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Hyssop. The blooms don’t look like much now after all the bees it attracted have pollinated them but I grow it for the foliage. The foliage, particularly when broken, smells like black licorice, although it doesn’t taste like it. Trust me.

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Tiger Lily salvaged from an abandoned garden in my neighborhood.

To see what else was blooming this week see Daylilies Blooming at Chicago Garden. The Daylilies got their own post this time around.

What do you have blooming in your garden? As always you can show off your garden by adding pictures to the Chicago Gardeners flickr pool.


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  • Lots of colorful blooms! I love the pot marigold, and orange cosmos I find is almost as nice. (I love orange.)

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Garden Faerie,

    I almost bought an orange coneflower the other day because the color just striking amongst dark foliage. I didn't because even on "sale" it was really expensive but hoping I luck out and get it when it goes clearance.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Do you have enough Oriental Lilies in bloom that you would not mind letting me tincture them?

  • In reply to TrixieSlayer:

    What do you need to tincture them? The blooms are gone just a few stems remains. I also have Tiger Lilies blooming right now, but soon they'll be gone. I also have those poppy seeds I promised you like a year ago.

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