Wordless Wednesday – Dull days and hot colours!

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28 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – Dull days and hot colours!

  1. July is Day Lily time here too, an extra job each day is removing the spent heads. Do you suffer from the midge gall that deforms the buds, it is a real pain here, mine were fine until I placed an order with a Day Lily nursery in East Anglia, since then about half mine are affected. I try to break the life cycle by removing any mis shaped buds but I feel I’m fighting a losing battle.
    Love all your hot colours, they must brighten up a dull day!

  2. Beautifully bright with or without strong sun. We are having a lot of rain but also a lot of sunshine. I see your yellow California poppies pushing into the photograph with the Achillea, they have done so well for you this year. I have collected seed from a friend’s garden so I can try them next year. Amelia

    • The poppies are re-flowering, some on new plants and others ones that began flowering later than others. They grow very easily from seeds so you’ll have lots next year.

  3. Vibrant hot colors! I almost traded for Kniphofia at a plant exchange last fall but was afraid it would need more room that I could offer it. Yours is lovely!

  4. The kniphofia and hemerocallis really Zing! don’t they? I was interested in what Pauline was saying about midge gall as I have one hemerocallis where the buds are not opening – it’s not something I have heard of either…

  5. Christina mi sembra di riconoscere la piantina di achillea coarctata che ti avevo dato! Vedrai come si riproduce…Nel mio giardino è accostata alla tulbaghia e devo dire che stanno molto bene insieme. La Kniphofia mi piace per la sua rusticità ed ho comprato anch’io una piantina quest’anno al supermercato, ma il colore del fiore ancora non mi convince.

    • Ciao Anna Maria, si guarda com’è bello l’achillea. Quando diventa più grande e posso dividerla, la metto anch’io con la tulbaglia, sono sicuro che hai ragione e combinano bene.

  6. Love the hot colors! You’re right that they show up so much better in the bright sunlight against the grays and tans, and it really livens up the garden.
    I’m surprised to see the ninebark growing by you, I would have thought it would turn belly up during your first dry spell… also what’s the blooming shrub in the first photo? It looks almost like pride of Barbados (which is sadly not hardy enough for me) in any case I like it!
    Those kniphofia are looking cool. I planted two small plants just recently and hope they bloom next year. I bet it will be a while until they look as nice as yours- if ever! I tried them once before from seed and they were a lot of leaves with few flowers, but maybe now my fancy named varieties will do better. Wish me luck!

    • Sorry I’m not familiar with the common name ‘ninebark’ so I just looked it up and of course you are right this shrub struggles through every summer and is probably smaller now than when I bought it! I do wish you luck with the kniphofia; they can take a while to really establish but them I think they make a great vertical statement, I have the much smaller yellow ‘Little Maid’ too but she hasn’t performed so well this year.

  7. Christina your hot are hot and very nice too, it’s interesting how our 2 very different climates and distance from the equator show a big difference in flowering for some plants like the fennel and yet others are flowering at the same time like the kniphofia, I have a white one too but that always flowers nearer autumn, Frances

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