Flowers and Weather: Number 9 in a Garden Photo Series

Garden flowers bring relief to heart and mind on hot days!
Garden flowers bring relief to heart and mind on hot days! | Source

Did we Skip Spring, or have Summer and Spring Switched Places this Year?


As usual, the weather’s changing. Here's a confusing question for confused weather:

Are the hot, dry dog days of summer over now that spring is gone?!



Just now, when we expected hot weather to be setting in, some rain is bringing a cool down from this past spring’s incredible heat.

100-year records were set for this time of year, and I really am not sure whether there will be any flowers left in my yard for blooming this summer.

Nurseries will be glad to provide new plants for gardeners sharing this situation, once we decide what to do to make up for the lack of color.

Thankfully, here in the south, there will be lots of choices no matter what the weather decides to do!


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Old-fashioned Double-ruffled TIger Lilies A Friend Calls These Blackberry LiliesMore Blackberry LiliesThe Faithful Black-eyed Susan Wine Coleus with a Blush Coleus Golden Lime Coleus--Fabulous in the ShadeCotton Candy Pink HydrangeaMore Pink HydrangeaTraditional Blue HydrangeaCrawling Around Under the Hydrangea Bush with My Camera  :)More from Under the Blue HydrangeaCoral Canna above Black-eyed SusansUp Close with Tiny Dianthus (or Pinks)Mosquito Plant Blooms Attract Wasps (Must be what makes them so mean!)Clematis Mops (Seed Heads) in a Dogwood Tree
Old-fashioned Double-ruffled TIger Lilies
Old-fashioned Double-ruffled TIger Lilies | Source
A Friend Calls These Blackberry Lilies
A Friend Calls These Blackberry Lilies | Source
More Blackberry Lilies
More Blackberry Lilies | Source
The Faithful Black-eyed Susan
The Faithful Black-eyed Susan | Source
Wine Coleus with a Blush Coleus
Wine Coleus with a Blush Coleus | Source
Golden Lime Coleus--Fabulous in the Shade
Golden Lime Coleus--Fabulous in the Shade | Source
Cotton Candy Pink Hydrangea
Cotton Candy Pink Hydrangea | Source
More Pink Hydrangea
More Pink Hydrangea | Source
Traditional Blue Hydrangea
Traditional Blue Hydrangea | Source
Crawling Around Under the Hydrangea Bush with My Camera  :)
Crawling Around Under the Hydrangea Bush with My Camera :) | Source
More from Under the Blue Hydrangea
More from Under the Blue Hydrangea | Source
Coral Canna above Black-eyed Susans
Coral Canna above Black-eyed Susans | Source
Up Close with Tiny Dianthus (or Pinks)
Up Close with Tiny Dianthus (or Pinks)
Mosquito Plant Blooms Attract Wasps (Must be what makes them so mean!)
Mosquito Plant Blooms Attract Wasps (Must be what makes them so mean!) | Source
Clematis Mops (Seed Heads) in a Dogwood Tree
Clematis Mops (Seed Heads) in a Dogwood Tree | Source

Growing, Growing, Growing!


I am still expecting my white Rose of Sharon’s blooms, and my white crepe myrtles, though blooming, are going about it in a slow fashion, meaning they should last a while. Mums are still budding and they won’t wait until fall.

My friend tells me good news on that note. When mums bloom this early the plants can be cut back with expectation that they will bloom again in the fall. She's usually right so I'll give it a try.

We are getting some fast growth on two sugar maples that I hope will double in size soon, but ivy that I want to get rid of is laughing it’s way into every nook and cranny it can find. What little grass I have in the front yard is crispy right now and I expect it will need some tender care and patching through the rest of this year.




Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.

-Marcelen Cox


Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

-A. J. D'Angelo


A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often--just to save it from drying out completely.

-Pam Brown

Southern Weather


Southerners sometimes refer to the term weather as if it is unusual to have it. “Looks like we are going to have some weather tonight.” or “Be careful out there, looks like some weather is moving in.” This terminology reminds me of the reply to, “Oh no, another birthday.” What’s the alternative to no more birthdays...or no more weather?

A funny weather quote goes something like this: "Weather forecasting is right too often for us to ignore it, yet wrong too often for us to depend on it." Here’s to weather watching after this hot spring! It could be more interesting than what we’ve already seen...but don’t be alarmed, the weather’s always changing.

So, enough rambling. I’m finishing up my spring garden photo series with this variety of flowers that have held on to their blooms in the sustained heat they’ve had to endure this year. Simple captions are included with the pictures to give you a bit of info in case a particular flower catches your eye and you want to further investigate it. I’m just hoping to find something to practice my photography on this summer!



Enjoy this Breezy Garden Video :)

A Look at this Garden Photo Series


• Number 7 -- Platycodons are a funny name for the Balloon Flower. Would you like to have balloons bouncing in the sunshine of your garden? Choose these flowers!


• Number 5 -- Peonies for unparalleled beauty and fragrance. An incomparable bloom long-cherished for it charms. The sun brings out its aroma after a rain shower and it will stop you in your tracks.


• Number 1 -- Oak Leaf Hydrangea is a stunning old-fashioned plant. So unique that the question people most often ask is, "What is that?" A hardy friend rain or shine, this show stopper almost takes care of itself.


An Expert Look At Hydrangea:

A Look At This Japanese Garden In The USA:


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What Are Your Summer Gardening Plans? 32 comments

Dolores Monet profile image

Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, RT - beautiful pix. I love hydrangeas though mine are a bit pathetic. I know that I don't feed them enough. Oh, and the mums...don't let them flower early as it takes so much strength to flower. Pinch them back so they won't bloom until fall. If they do flower early, the heat just ruins the flower.


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tonymead60 5 years ago from Yorkshire

you've some nice blooms, i'm a keen gardener and enjoy looking at other peoples gardens.

thanks

tony


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Striking photos, especially that one of the clematis mops. I'm always so sorry to see the showy flowers go that I never really paid attention to those mops except as reminders of what they used to be. But they do truly have a fascinating form of their own, which I probably would never have thought about if not for your photo. Up and beautiful!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Thank you, Delores Monet!

I was afraid to do much feeding of my plants in the extreme heat that came on so suddenly this spring, but I think I'll be able to finish some of the garden reworking I started and get the plants in better shape by the end of fall (along with all my other projects). My hydrangea plants were already quite large so I did not have to wait to crawl under them with my camera. :)

Thanks for the tip on the mums. Maybe I'll try one plant with the method my friend suggests and one with your method to see which works best in our area. It's just amazing to see how fast everything has grown so early this year.

Appreciate your visit and input very much.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

tonymeade60:

Thanks much for stopping in. It's always a compliment to hear from other gardeners. :)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Sally's Trove:

Thanks kindly--I'm so glad you enjoyed the "mops." As I was photographing them I thought that they looked like storybook people in an ethereal community among all of the branches and leaves, and that I should write a story about them...maybe one day! :)

So appreciate your visit and input.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Just loving these blooms as usual. Stunning!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Thanks much Chatkath! So glad you enjoyed them. :) Happy 4th to you!


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Green Art 5 years ago

Love all your photos. I recently planted some Lavender and so far I haven't killed it. It's in a sunny spot with good drainage. Not sure if the soils quite right yet,but it is slowly growing. I want to try growing the Blue Hydrangeas they are so beautiful. Nice Hub!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Lavender is a slow growing plant so it sounds like you might be doing fine by your plant. Getting the drainage right is a major factor to success.

Hope you are enjoying hydrangea next spring. :)

Thanks much for stopping in with your in put!


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I recognize so many of the plants you have in your photos, (and your weather references), I wonder if we live in the same part of the country (Midwest).

We bought a number of Rose of Sharon trees and planted them along our backyard fence. I really like them. And we have a HUGE hosta behind our garage that my husband keeps telling me he will split out.

I've enjoyed seeing your photography, keep the pictures coming.

voted up and beautiful


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love gardening and flower is my favorite. I am glad reading this hub. Nice hub from you. Thanks for share with us. Rated up!

Prasetio


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Hi Danette Watt:

Although I like the Midwest very much, I live in the Southeast.

Do you have "old" plants on your property--plants that a grandmother may have started generations ago?

You will love your Rose of Sharon more and more in the coming years. They are a neat plant that matures quickly. I'm getting ready to rework an area near my favorite Rose of Sharon plant and I hope to do a hub on it. You might like to keep an eye out for it by the end of summer because your stand of Rose of Sharon might "enjoy" some of the plants I'll be using. :)

It's good that your husband is going to help you with splitting the hosta. When they get large, dividing them is not a job I can do alone!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Prasetio:

Thanks to you for visiting and commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

Oh!!!! I meant to tell everyone I communicated with on HubPages today Happy 4th of July! I see you are not in the USA but I hope you have a nice weekend and that one day you can come here on the 4th of July and celebrate with us! :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful photos. What part of the s.e. are you in?

I love your 'rambling' thoughts. Enjoyed.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Thanks kindly Denise. We're in the Carolinas now, after spending all my life in Florida, although our hearts are now in Alaska and Washington. :) So glad you enjoyed this rambly hub. :)

Hope you and yours have a really nice 4th!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

I can relate-my body is in NC; my family in MI and my heart and spirit in CA. :) You're not alone.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

I'm not sure we'll ever move--it's gets about as cold as I can live with here, but I'm thinking about more traveling now...maybe I should find out more about making $ here on HP. :)

Happy 4th of July!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

The double tiger lilies are gorgeous. Liked the effects of getting those hydrangea pics from underneath! Had never heard of a mosquito plant. Enjoyed this as always! Thanks!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Thanks kindly. It was altogether a fun "photo shoot." :)

Mosquito plant is very much like the citronella plant, particularly in its ability to repel pesky bugs. Wish I could share part of my crop of it with you--it's prolific!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Beautiful flowers again. It is a shame we have uncooperative weather. I have stopped trying to grow some flowers that just don't thrive under this heat and too much sun, but fortunately there are other nice choices. I have enjoyed your series.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Thank you Pamela99. Florida just isn't for some of these mountain flowers, is it? However, with the extreme heat we've had, I'm thinking of Florida plants for the summer. The wide variety of coleus will be a big help to me this summer/fall.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love your beautiful, colorful and cheerful flower photos, RTalloni! This is a very enjoyable hub. Voted beautiful.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Thanks kindly for stopping by with your input. Appreciate your visit!


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mulberry1 5 years ago

Really enjoyed your colorful flower photos. I have plenty of lillies and dianthus myself. I love hydrangeas but oh, they just don't grow for me.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

So glad this brought you that pleasure!

Thanks bunches for visiting and commenting!


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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

So lovely. I can't thank you enough for doing this lovely hub. Mmmmmm. And rated up!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Thank you kindly! So glad you enjoyed it. :)


Hibiscus Lynn 4 years ago

I really enjoyed your gorgeous pictures. I am an "avid" Gardener, and have many gardens on 5 acres! Thank you for the info. on the bulbs, because this is my first year to try them! My Tulips are just now coming up!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey Author

Hibiscus Lynn:

It would be neat to see photos of your gardens here on HP! Happy gardening in the coming spring!

Thanks for taking a look at this hub's garden photos.


AudraLeigh 3 years ago

There is nothing I liked more first thing this morning to look at the pictures you took of so many beautiful flowers! I really loved your capture of "The Faithful Black-eyed Susan"...my fave! It is nice to see and hear about warmth and gardens...it is brrr in Rochester, NY this December dy...lol! Where do you live?

Voted up!


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

AudraLeigh:

Thanks so much for stopping by and then letting me know you enjoyed these flower photos. It's been damp and coolish here in the Carolinas the past several days, though we did see some sun yesterday. We really are used to more sun than this here in the south, even if it is cold! :)

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