ic Kathe With an E: Summer Blooms In My Garden

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Blooms In My Garden

It has been really hot and dry here in Colorado this year.  I'm talking humidity levels in the single digits and temperatures in the mid to high 90's. Luckily, I take our summer weather into consideration when I add new plants to my gardens and use drought tolerant plants as much as I can.

Penstemons are one of my favorites!  
I love their small trumpet shaped flowers, as do the bees and butterflies. 
They have really taken off for me this year, with dark to light purple blooms.
I like how my red knockout roses that I planted last year poke out among the purple flowers.
And check out the tall lilies!
They are doing really well this year!
I also have some orange lilies planted here and there. I have been dividing them each year and planting them willy nilly wherever I can find a spot.
The Jacob's Beard is also going gang busters!
I know that it tends to self seed like crazy but, 
in my wild garden, that's okay :-) 
Plus, the Pampas grass behind it keeps it in check for the most part.
The Coreopsis is also spreading well and the dainty yellow flowers help to break up the purple, reds and oranges.

We are to get cooler temperatures this week and, we will be heading into what is known as monsoon season where we get tropical moisture from the south, meaning rain!  I am hopeful that that combination really gets my garden going even better! 
There are still some plants yet to bloom later in the season!

I hope to share some photos of the front garden and the cucumber garden soon. So, stay tuned!

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52 comments:

  1. Will you come help me in my garden? Yours is so beautiful! I love all the colors of the flowers Right now one of mine is basically a weed garden, which is why I have a lot of the flowers in containers.

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  2. Hi Kathe, your garden is looking lovely and neat with that white picket fence. White picket fences are so iconic, aren't they? I've pulled up an ugly photinia hedge in front of my Vancouver house and really feel like putting a white picket fence there now. :)

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  3. Beautiful! I wish my garden would fill in like yours.
    Enjoy!

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  4. Kathe your garden is so beautiful! NO, it's stunning! :D

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  5. Looks great!! I have a bunch of perrinials I don't have to mess with much...my vegetable gardens kill me though:)

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  6. Your flowers are gorgeous!

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  7. Lovely garden! Just beautiful!

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  8. I love your pretty colorful flower garden! Beautiful!
    Karen

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  9. Very pretty! I have a lot of Lilies in my flower garden that are spreading. I think it's time to divide them and plant in other spaces. Thank you for sharing. I'm visiting you from i should be mopping the floor linky party.

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  10. Kathe,

    Your garden is just lovely with all its color and blooms. Hope you get some needed rain.

    Cynthia

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  11. Your garden and all of your flowers are so beautiful. I love it. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  12. I'm visiting from A Stroll Through Life. Your garden is lovely and inspirational. I'm writing down the names of plants for my upcoming visit to the nursery. Hope you have a great 4th.

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  13. beautiful! your garden is so beautiful and yes I can't wait to see pictures of your cucumber garden! :-)
    wish you a great week Kathe!

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  14. Kathe, your garden is so colorful. Most of my blooms have faded in the heat and things are struggling.

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  15. Oh my word Kathe! I am in fully love with your backyard! Gorgeous..now come plant mine! :)

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  16. Kathe your garden is wonderful. Love all your plants! Gosh you did so well this year!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  17. Your garden is just beautiful! Love your pictures!!

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  18. Your garden is lovely. The accessories you've added give extra charm.

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  19. What a beautiful garden, Kathe! Just gorgeous!

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  20. Wow! Those are gorgeous! Love the height of them . Thank you for sharing at Hickory Trail!

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  21. I LOVE your wild garden. It has been hot in southern California also and my plants have not bee happy that i am ignoring them to sit on the beach. I need to get out to the garden more if I want mine to look like yours.

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  22. Just beautiful! Glad I found your lovely post at Hickory Trail Efforts & Assets Link Party.

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  23. Love those penstemons! Pinning:) Stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/07/bicycle-basket-up-cycle.html

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  24. Hi Kathe, your garden is so beautiful! I love the flowers and the colors. Take care and have a great 4th of July.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  25. Wow! Your garden is looking great Kathe! It must brighten your day to look outside and see them. Have a wonderful day.

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  26. The picture of the lilies looks like a gorgeous oil painting! Your garden is beautiful for having so much hot weather. All my plants are wilting here. I keep watering to keep them alive!

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  27. Very pretty! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Dimples & Pig Tales

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  28. Beautiful garden and flowers. Have a safe and happy 4th. Happy VTT!

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  29. Such pretty, well cared for plants! I love the red lilies. Saw this on What's Cooking Love's link-up. Have a great 4th!
    Kim @*Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

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  30. I really like your garden its really awesome and adorable. I love the roses it has grown very nice.

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  31. Your garden is gorgeous! I, too, love penstemon! Thank you for linking to Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  32. Love the Penstemons as well and your garden looks colourful!

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  33. You are very lucky to have an ENglish cottage garden. The tall lilies are stunning!

    Linking from Fresh Cut Friday,
    Ricki Jill

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  34. Thanks for sharing at TTF this week. You make me wish I had planted some flowers this year.

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  35. Oh, very pretty flowers, Kathe, even though it's been hot and dry there! Wow! Hope your Fourth was fun. Susan p.s. Visiting from A La Carte and The Thrifty Groove.

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  36. Hi Kathe,
    Your garden is so lovely! I hope you will consider adding me to your party list.

    Thank you so much for joining Fresh-Cut Friday! I'm so glad you did:)

    Have a great weekend!
    ~Liz

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  37. Your garden is beautiful, thanks for sharing. Mine is a work in progress....always.

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  38. Wow have those plants shot up since you posted the fence decor post!

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  39. Love the lillies!!!!

    [email protected] minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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  40. Stopping by to thank you for sharing at One More Time Events Share it One More Time ....Kathe your garden is just beautiful!

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  41. Kathe, you garden is beautiful. It has the planned "wild" look that I always work toward. Lovely colors and lovely blooms.

    I wanted to thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party and to let you know that because I love gardening and yours is so pretty, I will be featuring your post at the To 10 Favorites of the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! The post goes live Monday morning!

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  42. Hello Colorado neighbor!! I LOVE your garden! I tried my first garden out this year, in a window box, and am failing miserably. First the heat was frying my plants, then I overwatered them in fear of the frying. Going on re-plant #3, maybe I can keep this last batch of carefully selected sun and heat loving plants alive! I'm such a rookie. Anyway, I was just impressed with how glorious your looks after all this heat! Stopping by from Create It Thursday :)
    ~April @DimplesandDelights

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  43. Very beautiful Kathe. I love Penstemon too! Cottage style gardening is my favorite. You've done a great job! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  44. Breathtaking! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  45. What lovely flowers! Thanks for sharing!

    Please join us again Thursday at:
    The HomeAcre Hop

    ~Ann

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  46. So beautiful, Kathe! I especially love the lilies :) Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All My Bloggy Friends! I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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  47. You've conquered the heat and the dry weather - it amazes me how things have changed this year - last year we were in a drought and praying for rain -this year we've had all and more than we can handle! Your garden looks gorgeous!
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  48. Popped over from the party...your garden is lovely!

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  49. I know its hard to look around this kind of beautiful garden
    But when you see the result of it you can happy about your effort .
    Looking beautiful garden with colorful flowers

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