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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Continuing Bloom Perennials, July 20, 2014

July is flying on by, some of the plants I started from seed under lights the end of last November are starting to bloom.

Today I am linking with-

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma Wiseman

Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally

 wildflower Coreopsis 'Sunburst'-

A favorite annual I grew last year, Browallia americana, here with a new Dahlia bloom-


This year I also grew a different species with a larger flower and shorter plant, good for edgings and containers, Browallia speciosa-

Another seemingly near perfect short edger with lovely puff flowers, Ageratum 'Diamond Blue'-

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is blooming, it is the closest thing I have to a sensationally flaming hot tropical plant; but mine always gets too tall and flops, even without watering and feeding, so I have to tie it up-



My tomatoes were also started under lights, a little later than usual this year but making fruits, Rio Grande-

San Marzano-

Black Pear-

I picked the 2 squash from last week, a cucumber, and some peas and beans this week, so the gardening season is underway, what are you picking now?      -Hannah

                                                     or cameras are macro

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    1. Thanks, I didn't know what it was going to look like until it bloomed, I like the different colors in the flower.

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  2. What an abundance of beauty dear Hannah! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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    1. Thanks, Laura, I'm happy to have flowers that the voles, moles, rabbits and deer have not ruined. I wish I didn't take it so hard when they eat or kill the others.

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  3. Somehow I keep repeating the scientific name - browallia speciosa. That's an intense
    blue!

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    1. Thanks, Hazel, the camera sometimes fails to get the hue quite right, it is a little more purple than that. But, Happy Blue Monday! I got the seeds from Swallowtail Garden Seeds.

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  4. Pretty pictures! Can you feel the love and affection as your plants are cared for!

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    1. Plants are givers, that's for sure. But did you see the PBS special about plants explaining that plants make the world go round and we all are their slaves, we take a hand in their reproduction and dispersal around the world. So yes, except for the weeds I'm ripping out or the plant that dwindles away, they all love me. But especially they love their bee and butterfly friends.

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  5. Wow, that third photo is glorious such a great flower and colour to it.

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    1. Thanks, Bruce, that was a happy purchase from the Master Gardener's Mother's Day sale, their big fund raiser.

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  6. Hello Hannah,

    What lovely blue blooms, and those tomatoes are going to be so good. Isn’t it fun finding blue?

    Happy Blue Monday!

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    1. Thanks, Sally, thanks too for hosting. The tomatoes are coming along, it'll be a few more weeks until they get ripe. But you can't beat homegrown heirloom tomatoes, that's for sure.

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  7. We're picking tomatoes and squash. Raspberries and cherries are almost finished, but we'll have to wait for the apples.
    Lovely photos.
    Have a nice day.
    Mormor.

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    1. Thanks, Mormor. My raspberries are nearly finished too, my early apples are getting close to being ripe, William's Pride and Spartan.

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  8. Wonderful blossoms.
    www.1sthappyfamily.com/2014/07/takeoff-spot-at-mount-banyak.html

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  9. I love the dahlia and the colour of the Lucifer blossoms.

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, I love red flowers so I'm happy when it blooms, but I wish it wouldn't flop. I see other people growing them and they just make nice clumps.;-(

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  10. I've also picked some squash and some peas. My tomatoes and cucumbers are well on their way, so I'm feeling happy!
    - You've got plenty of beautiful flowers!

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    1. Thanks, Katarina, I enjoy all the flowers that keep blooming, but I especially like my vegetable garden, I can't buy vegetables that compare with heirlooms, especially the beans, which are kind of my favorite, along with the squash.

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  11. Gorgeous and colorful macro shots of nature's gems ~ thanks, ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks, Carol, I enjoyed all your nautical photos and haiku's.

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  12. Wonderful marcros from all the flowers! I like it!
    Hugs from Hamburg
    Riv

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    1. Thanks for the hugs, Rivien, I enjoy photographing the flowers. I enjoyed your marvelous macros of bees.

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  13. Your flowers are beautiful and your tomatoes look to be doing very well! They grow and ripen fast in August/September. All I have growing in my garden this year are a few perennials and some herbs growing in pots. I get many deer and rabbit visitors that eat many plants, so I'm trying to learn what they don't like before setting up more of a garden.

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  14. All my vegetable beds and many of my flower beds are surrounded with welded wire fencing, with added 8' bamboo poles and wire at various heights. That usually keeps out the deer. Wire circles around individual plants also works. Very young rabbits sometimes go through the wire fence and eat my little bean plants, One took a liking to them this year even though there are all kinds of grass, clovers, etc. for them to eat. I had to surround the beans with chicken wire as well. But heirloom beans are my favorite home crop, so much better than store bought, so worth any battle. There are some plants the deer don't bother, though your deer might like different things. The roses that are so thorny that they won't eat them are the Rugosas, and don't need fencing, but are nasty to prune. Website-

    http://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/

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  15. Tomatos are getting close! It's my favorite time of year!

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    1. Yes, I picked my early beans already, tomatoes will be a couple more weeks.

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  16. Happy Blue Monday, Hannah! Gorgeous blooms :)
    Blue Winter hugs from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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    1. Thanks, Pernilla, I guess your winter is zipping along too, though I can't picture what it is like, maybe kind of like San Diego.

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  17. Beautiful blooms! Dahlias are one of my favourites! SO far, I am picking beets and peas from our garden.

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    1. Thanks, Karen, I like Dahlias but am not a fan of having to dig them for winter. I have another one that has been coming back well a couple of years so far. I admire people who can grow beets, for some reason they don't get big for me like turnips.

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  18. Wow ! I love all your beautiful flowers :)

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    1. Thanks, Ela, it was fun this year starting so many new things from seed. I'm still looking for the perfect plants.;-) Your smoke bush is fantastic!

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  19. It's a treat following the development from seed to flowers/fruit!

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    1. Thanks, Villrose, your lilies are incredible.

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  20. Lovely dahlias and your tomatoes are coming along beautifully!

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    1. Thanks, the Dahlia was quite a surprise, and the tomatoes hopefully won't be long.

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  21. everything is beautiful. The tomatoes look like they will be great!

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  22. Marvelous colors of all these Summer beauties. So lovely !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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