Thursday, June 18, 2009

Blooming Friday-Mid Summer's Eve

Seven perennials blooming in my garden right now, to correspond with Mid Summer's Eve-a Swedish tradition-in which a girl puts 7 flowers under her pillow so that she will dream of her sweetheart.


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Salvia, Day Lily, Rose *Click on collage to enlarge


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Bee Balm, Coreopsis, Lavender, Echinacea *Click on collage to enlarge

For more Blooming Friday treats, visit Katarina at Roses and Stuff.

--Today I am thankful for so many varieties and colors of flowers and blooms!



P.S. Scientific/Botanical names of (some) of the above:

Dwarf Bee Balm: Monarda 'Petite Delight': Pinkish-lavender flowers. Mildew resistant. Spicy-sweet scent. Young leaves can be used in tea. Sun to partial shade. Blooms early to mid-summer. Zones 3-8.

Tickseed: Coreopsis grandiflora 'Rising Sun': Double yellow/gold flowers have fringed petal w/mahagony center. Blooms late spring to early fall. Full sun. Zones 4-9.

Coneflower: Echinacea 'Coconut Lime': Double white flowers with pale-green center. Dry or moist conditions. Blooms in summer. Full sun. Zones 5-10.

Lavender: Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote': Deep purple fragrant flowers. Evergreen silver foliage. Used in potpourri and sachets, dried flower arrangements, low-growing hedge. Versatile. Full sun. Blooms mid-summer to early fall. Zones 5-9.

Salvia: (Mystic Spires Blue): Salvia longispicata x farinacea 'Balsalmist'. Deep blue flowers with long spikes. Sun to part shade. Blooms late spring to fall. Zones 7-10.

Day Lily: Hemerocallis 'Stella De 'Oro': Yellow/gold trumpet flower. Blooms early summer to mid-fall. Full sun to partial shade. Zones 2-9. (*Shunned by lily connoisseurs). Also, pinkish daylily (do not know name!).

Rose: Flower Carpet rose, 'Pink Supreme' Hot pink flowers. Disease resistant. Low maintenance ground cover. Full sun to partial shade. Versatile. Dry or moist environments. Mid-spring to fall. Zones 5-10. (*Shunned by rose connoisseurs!). Oh well;-) Also, Red carpet roses purchased accidentally are mixed in a couple of areas.

32 comments:

  1. I really like how you did your collages. Makes those beautiful flowers even more wonderful. You walk around to take those nice photos of your flowers? Ankle recovered? Have a great day!

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  2. My bee balm is blooming too. I stood outside for quite a while this evening hoping to photograph a hummingbird on it, not a one in sight. Maybe next time.

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  3. Your echinacea is gorgeous! Love the subtle colour.

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  4. The echinacea is very pretty. All of the blooms in your garden are beautiful!

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  5. Hi Jan,
    such pretty flowers underneath your pillow tonight, will definitely bring you sweet dreams! Thanks for taking part in Blooming Friday!
    Happy Midsummer's Eve!
    Katarina

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  6. Lovely flowers with beautiful colours.

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  7. Your collages are very nice. I particularly like the first one with the white frames.

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  8. Hi Jan ! Very pretty blooms you have right now girl : )
    We have to wait a bit longer for our cone flowers to bloom .. I was curious about your echinacea ... is that coconut lime ? I just got one this year myself .. hope to see it happy soon too !

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  9. Just BEAUTIFUL, Jan!!
    Lynn

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  10. What lovely color combinations, Jan. I hope you are feeling better these days. :-)--Randy

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  11. what a gorgeous assortment of blooms. i so love them all.
    have a wonderful friday.

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  12. You are getting more and more clever with your collages. They are very nice. Your blooms are great too..the ruffley bee balm is a great color!

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  13. I didn't know the Swedish tradition for mid-summer's eve; good thing you have so many flowers blooming:) I do like that echinacea--is it a Green Envy?

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  14. Jan, I still can't get into your comments (and some other people's) with my wordpress id, so I have decided to use my google sign in for here. Should have thought of that a long time ago.

    Your flowers are lovely, and so good to see this morning, we are having pouring rain up here in Maine, and even have the heat on!

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  15. you did a f=great job with these collages!... they emphasize the beauty of the flowers...

    here's wishing you sweet dreams and a lovely weekend!

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  16. Bright and beautiful. Loving everything.

    Jen

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  17. Beautiful choices. I love your collages. I'm really thinking I need to find that Echinacea!

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  18. Oh how I love echinacea! It is one of my favorites. I love how you arranged the first photos, very nice. You always display your photos so wonderfully

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  19. Pretty pictures and I too love the echinacea!
    Carolyn

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  20. I hope your dreams are sweet. Your garden sure is. That white echinacea is especially lovely.

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  21. What a great montage, collage thingy.

    Jan you take a good photo.

    I simply cannot believe it's mid summer already!

    Rob

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  22. Lovely photos and I particularly like the Echinacea which I am growing from seed again as I lost my last lot.

    I hope you are feeling better.

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  23. Love every last one of your gorgeous flowers, I have roses, daisies and kids blooming right now! Kim

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  24. Normally I prefer the straight species of Echinacea purpurea among the coneflowers, but I really like Coconut Lime.

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  25. I hope your Summer Solstice is fantastic...Your flowers are really lovely! Gail

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  26. Nice that you took the time at the end to include the scientific/botanical names. That's something I'm not good at doing or even caring about all that much, but I'm trying to change that. And may I say, magnificent blooms, as always.

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  27. Hi Jan,
    You always have beautiful photos and collages. And I love the color combination in your garden. It is lovely!

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  28. HI!
    All your flowers are beautiful! I have an award for you. You can pick it up at my place, Sherrie's Stuff.

    Sherrie
    http://sherrie-plummer.blogspot.com/2009/06/shadow-shot-sunday.html

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  29. Love the new header Jan, and that's because I am in love with Coconut Lime coneflower! Mine is blooming too, but I have to battle the Japanese beetles for them. Pesty things.

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  30. Hi Jan,
    Your blooms and collages are beautiful, as always. I like the way they are inserted and arranged.

    I hope you continue to mend. I am having tendonitis in the foot I had surgery for plantar faciitis (sp?) on a number of years ago. I hope the new inserts for my shoes help.

    I'm glad you are enjoying a vacation. Have a great 4th!

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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