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Sunday, 9 August 2009

My Garden in Early August ... so far ?

I discovered a Cityline hydrangea flower a few days ago .. delicate and ever such a pretty shade of girlie pink ! : )
The Green Panda bamboo has been finding its feet with a little more growth thanks to our cool wet summer.
My dragonfly guy .. I swear he followed me around the garden and demanded to have his picture taken with every spare moment I had .. how could I turn him down ?
I think he/she was practising yoga by bending his/her wings backward .. giving them a good stretch !
Next were some not so sweet looking insects busy at work on the echinops and cone flowers.
Talk about "pants full of ??" this bee's britches were near to exploding ? .. all I can think of now is a tiny car full of clowns with those funny huge pants they wear ... go figure ?
Plant structure never ceases to amaze me ... talk about feats of engineering ..
This Balloon Flower is close to popping .. the temptation is terrible .. so I move on !!
Then the delicate beauty of these gorgeous little thalictrim flowers .. so pretty !
The calling card of Autumn is coming ... the gorgeous goldenrod with the BES ... can't be too far away I say : )

23 comments:

Janet said...

Love the Cityline hydrangeas! I cannot believe that your Goldenrod is blooming already! Mine is sort of close....sort of.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Joy~~ I love your photos of flowers. The dragonfly is, well, interesting. They sort of creep me out. :) But from a distance, ahem... they're pretty.

Autumn Belle said...

It's great to find dragonflies and bees attracted by your beautiful blooms. That's a good job done. Cheers!

Town Mouse said...

Isn't it strange how quickly the summer is going! Glad you're sharing some of your enjoyable flowers & visitors.

Daffodil Planter said...

A delightful tour!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi Janet .. I planted this one last year and it is a bit too hidden by "Pinky" and Quick Fire" so it looks like I may move it, so I can see it better .. they are great little hydrangea aren't they ! .. I have another cultivar of goldenrod that is way too big .. I'll have to split it soon and maybe keep it blooming, I hope .. Autumn is coming girl : )

Grace girl .. I understand what you mean .. big bugs can creep me out too .. if they keep their distance I'm OK though .. moths make me run .. talk about too silly to see me do that ? LOL

Hi Autumn Belle (great name by the way !) Thanks : ) I just wish I could have a water feature that would attract frogs or toads .. I would love to hear them sing : )

Hello there Town Mouse ! .. This has been one strange "summer" .. one of the coolest, wettist ones we have had .. great for the garden though .. and trees for Fall colour .. IF we get dry cool days for that time of year .. the colour show should be wonderful : )

Thank you DP ! Glad you could have a peek :-)

Rose said...

I've seen the Citylines in catalogs only; yours is so pretty, but then I don't think I've ever met a hydrangea I didn't love:) I've come to the conclusion that if you want to study insects, especially bees, coneflowers are the place to start--they attract everything! It's hard to believe that fall will soon be here, but my goldenrod is starting to bloom, too.

tina said...

Lucky you to have a cityline hydrangea! I've been eying them but have never seen them in stores. It's gorgeous!

Gail said...

Lovely photos my friend! ...You speak so lovingly of your garden critters and plants...it is always a pleasure to visit. Hydrangeas are gorgeous and you are lucky to be able to grow them...they sure hate my clay soil winter or summer! gail

our friend Ben said...

Wow, do you really have goldenrods in bloom now? If so, you're way ahead of me---my rudbeckias are just now coming into flower. And anyway, how are the girls?!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi Rose girl ! .. Yes ! The Cityline were out last year and I got one to plant out front .. then I bought two more this year when they were on a great sale .. for the back garden .. they are small and very pretty : )so I would recommend them to everyone !
YES !! bees and such on coneflowers .. perfect insect magnet for sure : )

Tina .. I'm surprised they haven't gotten to you yet .. but then again yo have had plants I haven't gotten to here either. Do get at least one when they are there .. they are pretty petite hydrangea !

Gail "Clay-Woman" is what I should be calling you ? LOL .. It must be frustrating with the problems clay creates and plants that don't make it there .. but what about raised beds, with amended soil ? Did I miss you doing that with some plants already ? .. knowing me I probably forgot ;-( LOL

Hello 'ben' ! Yup ! Fireworks (I think that is the name to that one) is in bloom .. I like it better than the huge monster I have in the back .. have to split that one for sure ! BES are doing great this year aren't they : )
Check the side bar pictures "fun in the sun" with the girls laying out on the kitchen floor next to the deck door .. they are FINE ! LOL

CiNdEe said...

What beautiful flowers. It is so nice to see blooms when things here are finished! Just lovely!

Randy Emmitt said...

Lovely posting! The garden flowers all look so nice. You Mr Dragonfly guy is a meadowhawk, depending on where you live it could be one of three or four species. My vote would be for the Autumn Meadowhawk!

Darlene said...

You know I enjoy seeing all of your beautiful flowers but I absolutely LOVE that Cityline hydrangea! GORGEOUS!! I planted two Nikko Blue hydrangeas earlier this summer. I hope they do well. They seem to be but time will tell.

I just also read about your bat-capade. I'm glad it recovered and flew away to wherever it belonged. That would be a little unnerving to find a bat on your deck!!

our friend Ben said...

Such fun for the girls! And I somehow missed "Little Count"---he's the coolest thing ever!!!

Msrobin said...

Goldenrod? Please, don't hurry away summer! I never seen dragonflies in my garden, but the butterflies are out full force this summer. They arrived late, but I'm sure glad they are here!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Cindee girl ? Things are finished there ? no flowers for Autumn ?
Hey I have enjoyed "Captain Jack" and his adventures ! .. those bears were surprising to say the least !!

Hello there Randy and thank you so much ! Just this morning I saw another one of these colourful guys .. I wonder if it could be the same one ? He is not fearful of me at all and I can take loads of pictures without him moving .. I am in awe : ) Thank you so much for letting me know what kind he/she ? is .. I'll be looking that up : )

Darlene girl ! How are you : ) I have this one out front and two new ones in the back and I gave Martha from "Water Roots" one with some White Swan cone flowers as a welcome to Kingston .. I hope hers does well too ! They are pretty little thngs : )
Girl it waa totally unnerving finding the poor thing just laying there .. thank god he wasn't hurt badly from what ever happened and went home .. BIG phew to THAT !! LOL

"ben" .. Emma rolls on her back just like it is a trick .. Sophie just looks at her like "you look stupid, did you know that ?" hahaha
Yes .. Little Count was a BIG surprise to us .. husband saw him first .. thought he was a baby but I said "I don't think so !!" haha
We are so glad he managed to leave on his own ; )

Robin girl .. I will share my dragonfly if you share your butterflies .. I think the Monarchs come late this month and next month to top up before they leave .. I hope to see some soon !

nancybond said...

The wild goldenrod has been in bloom here for almost two weeks, along with beautiful blue chicory and Queen Anne's Lace -- such a pretty combo. You have some very pretty combos in your garden, Joy, and lots of life there yet. Autumn, with her frosty fingers, will be here soon enough. :)

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi Nancy and thank you girl !
We have the same wild flower combos on the roadsides here in Kingston .. I think they are deliberately seeded by the city .. I wonder how many people drive by thinking they are weeds ? Silly people ! haha
I can't wait for Autumn Nancy .. heat and humidity are really hard on me :-)

Water Roots said...

Wow, love your photos Joy! Especially the one with the dragonfly and the one with the bees (clowns in a small car...LOL...now I have that image stuck in my head. I think bees and dragonflies are beautiful little creatures...as long as they don't buzz around me. That kind of freaks me out!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Martha .. hehehehe .. I remember YOU have a thing about close encounter with dragonfly creatures ? LOL Hey that is me too .. I love seeing them in the garden and I love having them pose for me .. that is our relationship status so fars ? LOL

Connie said...

Oh! Love that pink hydrangea. I like dragonflies but we rarely see them here....only on the riverbank when we go swimming.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi Connie ! .. This pink one has been a pleasant surprise : )
Dragonflies are great for eating bad bugs in your garden .. I'm glad to see them here ! .. they love water so that is a good place to watch them for sure : )