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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bloomin' Tuesday...

I hope everyone had a safe and happy weekend.

It's time for Bloomin' Tuesday over at http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/ drop by and join the party.

Cleome--
I need a larger area of these.
Lantana

Vinca--Periwinkle

Vinca with Pentas
Datura last evening, I'm sure it's open this morning.
Torenia--Wishbone is starting to show up all through the gardens.
Black and Blue Salvia...
Gomphrena
If you prune the faded blooms of your Crape Myrtle Trees you will have blooms all summer. The blooms on this tree were deadheaded the week of June 21. Less than a month later we have another beautiful show of blooms. I will continue to deadhead the blooms as they fade in hopes of having color the rest of the summer.

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Today my heart is Thankful in all things...

31 comments:

Zoey said...

You have some lovely unique flowers. I grew black/blue salvia one year and really loved it. The wishbone flower is very unique, too. Thanks for the tour!

Evelyn said...

Fabulous pics - what a lovely garden

Sandy said...

I've been in Sofla for 6 years now and the heat and steamy weather just wilts all my flowers.. your in the north of fla and your garden looks so happy! I have planted just about everything you have and they only work in the winter here...
new to your blog and I enjoy your posts!
Sandy
thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

Sandy said...

Darla.. thanks for that info on the 'cannon ball bulb'.. I'll wait like you said and be very careful to dig it up...
take care
sandy

Tracy said...

Beautiful flowers! I just bought a few Pentas yesterday - I had never even heard of them, but they looked so pretty and were calling my name so I had to get them.

perennialgardener said...

Don't worry, the way Cleome self seeds you will have a large area before you know it. :) Your Black & Blue Salvia is looking pretty healthy, mine is a bit ragged from the heat but is pushing out another round of blooms.

tina said...

It's beautiful Darla. Don't worry about the cleomes-I bet next year you'll have twice as many.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a great shot of the datura opening!!! Mine is blooming a lot now.

Alea said...

Love all of the different colors of vinca. I did not know that you could deadhead Crepe Myrtles to encourage new blooms. Thansk for sharing!

Julie said...

Wow...a Wishbone...now that is unique...and good for making wishes upon!!! I hope all your wishes come true! Hope the elbow is nearly healed, if not completely Darla!!!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Darla, your crepe myrtle is beautiful. Several were planted around our home in Alabama but they were pretty big to deadhead. That's interesting tho, didn't realize you could get a second bloom.

Cleome is planted here and there around my garden, filling in bare spots. A great plant that blooms for a long period.
Marnie

Bangchik said...

Lovely flowers.... that flower about to unfurl is unique indeed.... ~bangchik

imac said...

Beautiful Darla, love the Torenia Wishbone.

Lois said...

Lovely pictures Darla! I hope you are feeling better.

bennie and patsy said...

I have never seen the black and blue salvia before.Your Bloomin Tuesday is a hit.
Patsy

Suzanne said...

As always I love your photos and your garden. The picture of the Datura is amazing!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, Great pictures as usual... I don't have a Crepe Myrtle --but wish I did. I didn't know that about pruning them... Great idea.

Love the Vinca especially.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jean said...

Pretty in pink! Still looking beautiful! I love the Crape Myrtle bush and the black and blue salvia. You always have something new to share. Jean

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Darla. Thanks for that tip on the Crape Myrtle because I did not know that deadheading them brought on more blooms. I will try it when mine get finished. Love you Black & Blue salvia.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Cleome is so pretty! I'm so disappointed mine didn't grow this year - just wasn't warm enough this year.
I love the Crape Myrtle, how lucky to have such a pretty one.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I just lamented last night,that most of our flowers are done blooming,now I can enjoy yours,via the blog.Thanks for the beauty.
Blessings,Ruth

Becca's Dirt said...

Black and blue salvia is different. My cleome is about to bloom. Beautiful blooms.

Sherry said...

Beautiful garden. The datura is something I have never seen. I love that your tree flowers more than once. Our weather hasn't been too hot yet this year so many plants are just starting to flower. Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures.

Deb said...

your flowers are beautiful...

Twisted Fencepost said...

I'd like to plant some of those cleome's here on the farm. I think they are so neat. They kinda remind me of fireworks as they leave the ground and explode.
My crepe myrtle is way too big to prune, so I guess I'll just have to enjoy it while I can.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I can actually grow some of those, but my gomphreas are not doing well this year. I love your crepe myrtle!

I'm glad your elbow is healing.

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

Nice blooms! That Black and Blue Salvia is a favorite and that crape myrtles looks great!

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Darla, I'm missing your emails! Nice garden shots. I really like the color echo of Vinca and Pentas. The Lantana makes me wish I had grown them.

I don't think our summers are long enough for continuous bloom on the Crape Myrtle. It's still too early, probably another month before it blooms. Yours is OUTSTANDING.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your flowers are beautiful. My Crape Myrtle is just beginning to bloom here in NC...

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well...ok.
We have a Crape Myrtle in front of our house...it it blooms, but seldom and lightly. I don't know what to do to help it bloom.
It was used to being cut WAY back to bush size..like three feet from the ground, but when I moved here I stopped doing that. I trim but let it grow. Is this wrong. It was blocking the front of the house and now it isn't..but..few blooms.
Lovely pictures of your flowers..and I have never seen one like the unfurling white flower. So unique.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Mona

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well...ok.
We have a Crape Myrtle in front of our house...it it blooms, but seldom and lightly. I don't know what to do to help it bloom.
It was used to being cut WAY back to bush size..like three feet from the ground, but when I moved here I stopped doing that. I trim but let it grow. Is this wrong. It was blocking the front of the house and now it isn't..but..few blooms.
Lovely pictures of your flowers..and I have never seen one like the unfurling white flower. So unique.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Mona