Friday, July 29, 2011


This flowering bush is doing well this year but has only produced two blossoms.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


This snow ball bush does well every year in the green garden.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


These ferns do very well in the green garden every year.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rattle Snake Master

 This grows perennially in the wildflower garden. The
name refers to the legendary positive result of applying a paste of the boiled
roots to your rattle snake bite.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Horse Mint

Much to my surprise this is a monarda (citrioda). Also
lemon beebalm. When the leaves are rubbed there is a lemon scent.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Yellow Coneflower

-Ratibida pinnata. These grow all summer in the wildflower garden.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Purple Monarda

There are two huge wildflower "rooms " full of this flower.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Double Daylily

 - The wonder of gardening is highlighted when you go out
and find a beautiful flower that surprisingly comes from nowhere such as
this deep orange colored daylily that showed up in the wildflower garden.


Monday, July 18, 2011


Another subtle color for today's daylily.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Purple Loosestrife

 Lythrum  salicaria. This has done very well on the berm
for years with no indication of invasive activity.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Shasta Daisy

 It seems I can only get them to do well from seed. I bought 
some plants and not one came back. These were from seed last year and 
have come back nicely. 


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Field Coreopsis

Field Coreopsis in the wildflower gardens.



Tuesday, July 12, 2011


 Ratibida columnifera -Prairie coneflower. This is also called Mexican Hat.
I like the feathery leaves as much as the flower. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Scarlet Flax

 Linaceae - Linum rubrum These loud red flowers grow in the wildflower
garden and the seeds hail from Texas.

Friday, July 8, 2011


 I obtained this lily last year. It has really flourished.



Thursday, July 7, 2011


 It is peak time for Daylilies. This year they are growing like gangbusters. Daylily
is the non-scientific name of a species of the genus Hemerocalis and as I have 
said before is not a true lily (Lilium). In case you would like to start collecting
daylilies it should not be a problem. There are over 60,000 registered cultivars.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Monarda - Also Bee Balm   The short break was occasioned by a brief
hospitalization. Your Constant Gardener lives reality gardening - nothing
artificial about it.