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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Continuous bloom: roses, geraniums, plus June 9, 2014

Roses continue to be the stars of the show in my garden.   Today I am linking with-

Mandarin Orange Monday hosted by Lorik

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma Wiseman

Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally.

A stained glass yard accent from Hortlandia-

A bright flower, 'Safari'-

Blue Anchusa azureum is blooming now-


The once-blooming Gallicas are increasing, now Tuscany Superb is blooming, a darker purplish red-


Leda damask, (1827), is white with the edges tinted the same reddish pink-

This year a pink sport appeared on the bush-

Leda is a rampant shrub, Gallicas tend to sucker and spread-

The wonderful Gallica Rosa Mundi, (1581), with striped rose pink and white flowers, is fragrant and a sport of the Apothecary Rose, so the petals make a nice addition to salve, along with Comfrey and Rosemary, the fragrance is wonderful in the salve as well-



The modern roses are also starting to bloom, these are ground cover roses that to me have a rather OGR shape, Floribunda The Faun-

 And Sea Foam, marvelously prolific in blooming-

And now say hello to my little friend-

These cute little salamanders hide under vegetation in my garden, I even uncovered a nest once of a mother and her tiny pink babies.

And I also encountered a Cinnabar moth, the underwings are the bright scarlet color.   When they fly the scarlet flashes, then they suddenly fold their wings and land and seem to disappear.  Some brown moths in my yard have orange underwings and can do the same disappearing act.  Very effective.

Some hardy Geraniums spread through seeds or rhizomes in my garden and keep down weeds with their ground covering ability.   Geranium sanguineum comes in pink, magenta, and purple.



Another geranium that is tall and has been increasing in clumps is Geranium pratense 'Mrs. Kendall Clark'-


Hue adjusted, clothify and cartoon filters in Gimp-



This month I am in a fight to the finish with the weeds, particularly grasses, that are trying to go to seed in my garden.  It is nice to be able to enjoy the flowers that keep on blooming.   -Hannah

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56 comments:

  1. I want to be in your garden. What a delight ... your flowers are beautiful (as are your pcitures of them) and I love the little Salamander. I haven't seen one of those since I was a child, years and years ago. I hear you about the weeds ... they are ferocious this year. Great Post!

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Thanks, Andrea, I never know when I will find a salamander, there must be a lot of them out there but they are well-hidden. My 2 acres was once woodland and there are still pockets of native vegetation.

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  2. I have that ground cover Geranium in my garden too, I love it. How very cool that you get salamanders. I haven't seen one in many years.

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    1. Thanks, Alison, I enjoy the graceful mounding habit of the Geranium sanguineums, and the finely incised leaves, and I like part of the wildlife in my garden, though the voles and moles are so pesky! Moles are bringing up dirt mounds in my newly planted areas of grass. Argggh.

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  3. Wow-Beautiful! I can almost smell your roses! Love the little salamander and the pink geranium!

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    1. Thanks, Jane, I'm happy if people enjoy my little critters. The geraniums are so wonderful at this time of year, the mounds of foliage studded with flowers. And the climbing roses and Gallicas smell so nice.

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  4. oh my your flowers are so pretty and that salamander is very cute.

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    1. Thanks, Felicia, I love the little salamanders. I enjoyed your Wisteria photos!

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  5. I love the color of your garden. Such lovely roses and other flowers. Your little visitor is anything but cute but I'm sure he's welcome in your garden!

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    1. Thanks, Betty, I guess cuteness is in the eye of the beholder, but to me their incredible delicateness and big eyes, tiny little toes, are cute. It's fun for me to share the little critters in my garden as well as the flowers. It is exciting when I find one, or get to see one of the moths, that are so secretive and hard to find.

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  6. Hi Hannah,

    Please place a link to Blue Monday on your post so that others can find us. Then return to link in again with Mr. Linky. You can find the code when you click on the blue bird located in my sidebar.

    http://smilingsally.blogspot.com

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    1. I appreciate your hosting your blog, I'm sorry I just use a simple link, I had a tiring day and dozed off in the middle of doing my linking up. Happy Blue Monday!

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    2. Thanks Hannah. Isn’t it fun finding blues to share? Thanks for playing today.

      Happy Blue Monday!

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  7. So much beauty, so much life! Thanks for your kind words and for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro Hannah:-)

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    1. Thanks, Laura, I'm happy your garden is finally having some lovely blooms, and hope your health improves. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. These are little 3" / 8 cm guys, and I don't see them unless I uncover then accidentally under vegetation or logs, but there are big ugly ones in other parts of the world, and most live at least part of the time in water, so they are unusual to have their babies on land. Being amphibians like frogs, they have very delicate skin.

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  9. Wonderful colors, exquisite flowers! Nice pictures! Salamander also magnificent!

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    1. It's great you like my critters!

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  10. An exquisite light, wonderful sky! Excellent photo!

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    1. Thanks, Leovi, I usually have to wait until it is cloudy or nearing sunset to get good light for photography, my camera doesn't do well with the glare of full sun.

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  11. Hi Hannah
    It looks like everything is growing very nicely in your wonderful garden, sorry to hear that also applies to the weeds and grasses, but loving the pink salamander babies!
    Wren x

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    1. Thanks, Wren, I regret that I didn't get a photo of the little babies, but I didn't want to upset the mother and perhaps cause her to abandon the babies. I'm still suffering from being gone most of June a couple of years, when the horrible weed grasses went to seed and made my weeding unmanageable.

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  12. I love the roses. The salamander is kind of adorable. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, roses are my favorite flowers for bloom and scent, I also love the geraniums that are able to take over some beds and eliminate the weeds, and also bloom the whole summer. I think the little salamanders are so darling, myself, but I am a biologist/ naturalist so I enjoy wildlife.

      Ha det gott!

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  13. Came from BM.
    Wonderful roses and interesting salamander.
    www.1sthappyfamily.com/2014/06/a-wedding-reception-and-afternoon-at.html

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  14. I have those as ground cover too... I have a very pretty one with delicate white flowers which is about to bloom

    Mollyxxx

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  15. So many beautiful blooms especially the roses...Not sure I will have many blooms as all mine are having to regrow from the base after this harsh winter.

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    1. That is sad, are they modern roses? I have lost a lot of roses over the years, so the ones I can photograph are the survivors, maybe that means they are tough.

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  16. A wonderful series of photos! I love this Galica Rosa Mundi! But all are beautiful!

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    1. Yes, Rosa Mundi has suckered into a pretty wide area, as have the other Gallicas, and also parts have reverted into the solid magenta color.

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  17. Loved this amazing display of beautiful flowers and garden.

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    1. Thanks, La Voice, I'm so fortunate to have found some roses that I can't seem to kill.

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  18. Such lovely flowers. I've been thinking of adding some geraniums in my garden to help control weeds.

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    1. The one that has spread the best as far as seeding itself around and filling in beds, also choking out weeds, is Geranium oxonianum 'Claridge Druce'. I didn't photograph it this time but will next week. It does seem to get a little taller every year. But it actually blooms from spring to fall unlike G. sanguineum which is more of just a spring bloomer. In dry shade, G. macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's' is excellent for spreading by rhizomes and keeping out weeds. It only blooms a short time in spring.

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  19. Thanks, Hannah, for your kind comment. Next time I'll catch a frog for you and will send it to PNW!
    Uwe.

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    1. That would be so funny, a frog in a box. But I don't have a nice pond full of beautiful water lilies, so your gorgeous frogs would be happier with you. I do have some tiny tree frogs that are cute. Sometimes they hide in pots on my deck.

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  20. Such wonderful and great photos series!

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    1. Thanks, Birgitta, I enjoy your macros.

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  21. Beautiful pictures, love the little salamander most !

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    1. Thanks, Gattina, your cats are cute. It's great people like my little critters.

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  22. Beautiful pictures. I've never seen a salamander.

    Herding Cats

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    1. Thanks, Nicola, I'm blessed to have something cute in my yard, unfortunately I also have hundreds or thousands of voles that I have to fight for my vegetables and some other plants, and also some cute but destructive moles.

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  23. Great series of colourful flowers. Of course I like the orange one best! Thanks for sharing on MoM:)

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    1. Unfortunately I'm rather lacking in orange roses! That would be nice.

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  24. Thank you very much Hannah!

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  25. You have so much pretty art this week!

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  26. Hi Hannah, I always enjoy my visits in your beautiful garden! You and your DH has about 10 more years on me and Cowboy. Its great to meet someone with longevity. I guess what I should have said is the Cowboy is a man of few words when it comes to communicating. He's just much of a talker. But God can put some words in his mouth. I am amazed at the messages that come through him. Especially when I am part of the illustration. I just didn't realize cooking that little meal was such a big deal! Thanks again for coming by. I appreciate the sweet comment.
    Have a wonderful Thursday,
    Sherry

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  27. Beautiful blooms! The brilliant colorful flowers make me smile. Good to see you here and great that we al share such fun with Sally! Have a great weekend, it will be here soon.

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    1. I find blue a hard color to find in flowers, most flowers people consider blue are actually some shade of purple or magenta. Since I mainly post about flowers, sometimes I resort to art objects or lately I use hue changes in Gimp to make some blues, which is a lot of fun and a surprise as to how it will come out.

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  28. Lovely roses - I can almost smell them! And Geraniums, they are so great to fill up naked soil with, spreading in a good way.
    Interesting fused glass, quite a different way to do it!

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  29. Thanks, Anni, I thought the glass looked a little at risk sticking out unprotected, but it might be interesting catching views between the pieces. I love the geraniums that spread, the best 2 will be in my photos next week.

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    1. Oops, I clicked on the wrong thing, it was a lovely comment about my sea of lovely roses, being her favorite flower. Thanks, Jeannette!

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