Dahlia flowerWhere oh where has the summer gone……?:)  I guess I am ready to sing the blues, because my garden is already displaying its signs, of the beginning of an end, of the summer season.  Fewer and fewer of the perennials are blooming, so the annuals are taking advantage of the space to spread out their crowns and show off their blooms.

So, let me share a few more pictures of the floral beauty I have been enjoying this year.

Black-Eyed Susan - last perennial bloom in the East side flower patch

Black-eyed Susan flowers are adding a splash of gold tone to the green foliage.

Snapdragan Plant Snapdragan flowers

The Snapdragon plant is really an annual flower, but the fallen seeds sprout the next year into new plants, or sometimes the roots survive a milder  winter season, and grow new shoots in the late spring to form a vibrant summer plant.  The above plants are a product of self seeding which I transplanted later on throughout my garden.  I also have these plants in a very pretty, velvety deep maroon, pink,  and lemon yellow colors.

Dahlia plant 2 Dahlia flower

Dahlia was my Mom’s favorite flower.  She loved flowers as much as I do.  She had numerous Dahlia’s in all varieties of colors and sizes.  Some of her Dahlia flowers were as large as 10 inches in diameter….so beautiful!!!  This is my second time planting Dahlias in my garden.  My Mom passed away during the summer of my first ever Dahlia’s bloom, so this year (five years later), I planted Dahlias in my Mom’s memory.

Torenia plant Torenia Flower - annual

This annual plant, Torenia,  looked very interesting to me, and since I never noticed it before, I decided to include it in this year’s flower patch.  I am fairly pleased with it (I wish it had a more frequent blooming cycle) , but next year I will try some new plants.

Hibiscus Bush Hibiscus Flower

This Hibiscus bush is a very interesting plant, because even though it is a bush (6 ft tall), it actually dries up for the winter, and starts afresh in the spring.  It grows in the North side flower bed, and it does a very nice job blocking the street view of the large AC unit, plus adoring that side of the house with HUGE white flowers.

This year annuals - Dahlia, Marigolds, Impatiens, Sanp Dragon

This is my relaxation spot of the flower garden, which is located at the edge of my patio, where I can relax while listening to the trickling sound of water, in the water fountain, surrounded by annuals: Dahlias, Vinca, Marigolds, and Snapdragon.

West side flower patch 2

This is the West side flower patch, by the front entry to our home, and it is my seasonal garden, since I plant bulbs in the Fall for Spring blooms (Multi-color Tulips, Blue-Grape Hyacinths, Giant Hyacinths, Daffodils, and Crocuses), then replace these with annuals for the summer (Silver Fox, Petunia, Ageratum, Dianthus, Sweet Alyssum, Snapdragon, Portulaca, Dwarf Marigolds) , and again, I add Fantasia Mums for the Fall season .

I hope you enjoyed all the pictures of my flowers, which I have been sharing with you throughout this year’s growing season.  I would like to hear from all of you about your gardening experiences, and the type of flowers you  love to plant.

The time is getting near to clean up my garden, and my flower patches, to prepare them for their winter rest.

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8 Responses

  1. Lori

    August 30th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

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    Thank you for sharing! Nature sure tells us when it’s time. I noticed last week that the male hummingbirds have left and the females are doing their best to fatten up before taking off. I’m pretty sure that today’s cleaning and filling of the feeder will be the last this year.

    I’m happy to say that the Clematis that I planted (and almost killed) is full of beautiful deep purple blooms right now. I have also realized that I really enjoy the robust flavor of parsley. I always remember Mom using the dried parsley but I have a small grouping of herbs and the parsley has done wonderful. Yesterday I threw some tomatoes, chic peas, parsley and olive oil together………yumm.

    Thanks again………your flowers are beautiful!

  2. All Women Stalker

    August 31st, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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    Lovely photos! We don’t have those here.

    -meream

  3. Suburban Grandma

    August 31st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

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    Lori,
    As always, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.
    So, you do love gardening as well. Don’t you agree that gardening is so relaxing, even after the hardest day of work, or to spent some free time on Saturday? My only day of rest is Sunday…..I try not to do much of anything on Sunday, besides preparing meals, and sometimes I don’t even do that. We decide to go out or have a take out.

    Mmmm…mmmm…nothing like a quick dish with your own fresh herbs and veggies!!

    Lori, I prefer to freeze my fresh herbs to use later on during winter time. Parsley, Dill, Chives, Basil, Rosemary….are great frozen, and so easy to use (just break off a small chunk and you are ready to go). They really retain the fresh aroma even more that dried. I just rinse them under cold running water, pat them dry, chop them up and store them in zip-loc freezer bags.

  4. Suburban Grandma

    August 31st, 2009 at 7:25 pm

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    Meream, I’m glad you had a chance to check it out. I bet you have some other plants and flowers which thrive better in your area than they would here. There are so many beautiful plants everywhere. On your next visit to Washington DC, you should stop by the US Botanic Garden (next to The Capitol)…..I have never seen so many different plants in one place…what a beautiful site.

  5. Diana

    September 7th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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    Hi Suburban!!

    Ive been away from the blogging world for a little bit…lots of things going on during the summer! Your garden is beautiful. I love how they greet you on the pathway. You really do a wonderful job. I hope you had a lovely summer. Soon all the leaves will be changing, I love the colors during the fall. :) How are all the grandchildren doing?

  6. Suburban Grandma

    September 7th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

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    Hey “Bride to Be”!!!!
    I have been checking your website “http://theworldaroundher.blogspot.com/”>, and http://allwomenstalk.com/author/dianafeather/, and came to a conclusion that you’re either very busy with your wedding plans, or on vacation (I know you are reading a lot as well). I appreciate your time and checking back with me again. School is starting again, so your daily routine might normalize a bit.

  7. Suzy

    September 10th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

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    Love, love, love your gardens especially the beautiful walkway. It is so sad when the snow comes and they are all gone…

    Thanks for the visits, your wisdom is treasured!
    Suzy

  8. Suburban Grandma

    September 10th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

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    As always, I truly appreciate your time and comments. Yes, the snow….it makes everything look so nice and clean….but I only love it for a couple of days….then I am ready for it to melt away. Winters here in DE are not as long and severe, as they were in upstate NY…..yeah!!! I know the snow lingers much longer in your area…:(

    I totally love your site, and read your every post, as I have it saved in my Google Reader.

    You must be the best baker I know!!!!!
    I love to bake, but lately I have slacked off quite a bit…


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