Sunday, September 14, 2014

Garden Flowers

There are still a surprising number of colourful flowers in bloom in the garden, even though it's only two weeks until the usual first fall frost.  Things are certainly fading though, and fall will arrive before we know it.  Here's a close look at a sample of current flowers.

And orange mum that is getting bigger every year and will have to be moved out of the veggie garden soon!

A very tall yellow coneflower - this is the one that stands above the fence, nearly 8' tall.

A deeper pink bloom on a Japanese Anemone, hiding among the Hollyhocks.

A blue Globe Thistle, Echinops.  I just like the appearance of this.

Another variety of Globe Thistle, Echinops.  Ditto.

This looks somewhat similar, but is actually a different plant, a variety of Sea Holly, Eryngium.

The centre of a Sneezeweed, Helenium.  I think it deserves a better name; it's very pretty, and it's never made me sneeze!

Our beautiful bluish-purple Buddleja.  We've seen these growing like enormous weedy shrubs along railway tracks in the UK, but here it's a prize plant in the garden, and a favourite of the Monarch Butterflies.

Just about the last Day Lily blooming in the garden.

And one of several Sedums, just a small corner of the blossoms.

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  1. Wow, superb macros, the day lily in glorious deep red. my #1, Nature shows her beauty and you show us, they are ,every one, truly superb. Cheers,Jean.

  2. Buddleja are nicknamed butterfly bush here in the States. Outstanding macro shots.

  3. Gorgeous colours, too.

    I was walking around today wearing my winter coat, and still looking at things like black eyed susies in good shape.

  4. Gorgeous flower pics! The flowers are still going strong around here. My garden is pretty much in full bloom, although I imagine the decline will happen very rapidly in the next few weeks.

  5. Nice macro shots. Glad you still have flowers blooming.

  6. You do have a short summer.. BUT--I'm sure you make the most of every minute of it.. Our first frost here comes about November, but we have had some occasionally in October... We still don't have many signs of Fall here ---other than it's finally gotten cooler this weekend. LOVE it...

    Gorgeous flowers and it's amazing that you remember the names... I work hard to remember the names of most of our flowers --but have no idea when it comes to all of the wildflowers...

    Your DayLily looks alot like ours (Early Bird Cardinal) which is the first to bloom in Spring/Summer and the last to bloom in Fall...


    1. I don't remember all the names! I have to consult the chief horticulturalist around here!

  7. They are really all very lovely...looks like some are starting to lose some petals. The colors are still vibrant, until they get a good freeze, right?

  8. really nice collection

  9. The fall flowers are amazing, wonderful photos!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  10. You have a great variety of blooms still. An 8 foot coneflower is amazing. My annuals are the only thing that look decent still and the Autumn Joy Sedum will soon put on a show. Oh, Rudbekia has been spectacular but is now looking sad.

  11. Gorgeous flowers all of them, but my favorite is the globe thistle.

  12. Love closeups of flowers, the Echinops is always one of my favs.

  13. Your flowers are still looking very good! It's hard to believe that we'll have our first frost soon, isn't it?

  14. Gorgeous flowers and the colours so vibrant!

  15. Wow! That has to be the most gorgeous collection of close-ups I've seen this year. The first one, with the fiery orange chrysanthemum is breathtaking and definitely my favorite. Also, the echinops are enchanting to look at. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful post! Happy gardening!

    Bethel Woodard @ Sollecito