Friday, August 19, 2016

Giant Dahlia, Echinacea, Dianthus, Vinca and Zinnia Flowers

Dinnerplate dahlia flower macro: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" Our pale yellow dinnerplate dahlia started blooming. I love the giant flowers (this one is about 7" wide).
Purple coneflowers,different stages: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The echinacea (purple conflower) plants are still putting out a few fresh flowers, although the majority have faded.
Perky pink dianthus: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This dianthus is doing the best of all if its kind in my garden. It's the only one in part shade (the rest are in full sun, which I think is what their tag said they prefer, but clearly mine like some shade).
Bicolor vinca with dew drops: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The vinca flowers continue to bloom nicely. I liked the glistening dew drops on this one.
Big pink zinnias: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The zinnias are the star of the garden this year, partly because I planted so many and partly because the birds, butterflies and bees love them. 

Thank you for visiting! I hope this finds you safe and cool, despite the summer heat. May God bless and keep you!

Related posts:
Giant red zinnia: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2015/07/giant-zinnias-gladiola-mr-optimist.html
Funky dahlias: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/08/four-dahlias-and-dianthus-for-floral.html
Sunflower & dahlia: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/07/sunflowers-dahlias-marigolds-verbena.html

Friday, August 12, 2016

Cool Flowers from the U.S. National Arboretum's Asian Collection

Pretty anemone flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday! This week features flowers from the U.S. National Arboretum's Asian gardens. It's a favorite place of mine to walk in the summer because it's mostly shady.
Purple flowers and buds: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I'm guessing that these purple flowers are a type of aster. I liked both the open flowers and the unfurling buds. So did the bees and a few moths.
Delicate pink rose with white center: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 This little pink rose was a pleasant surprise.
Unusual daisies: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 These neat daisy like flowers appeared to have hollow petals.
Yellow day lily in front of variegated bush: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The yellow day lily looked especially striking against the variegated shrub's leaves.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless and keep you!

Related posts:
Secret shady gazebo: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/05/secret-gazebo-photos-haikus-short-poems.html
National Arboretum flowers & bugs: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/08/national-arboretum-flowers-insects.html
Amazing day lily colletction: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/07/beautiful-day-lilies-and-day-lily-haiku.html

Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer Flowers for Shade and Sun

White impatiens in part shade: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy August, floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!"  The pretty white impatiens flowers are brightening a shady area.
Hosta blooming in shade: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 This hosta blooms even in our deepest shade.
Black eyed Susan in part shade: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This patch of black eyed Susan flowers blooms even under the shady canopy of several trees. It only gets a little filtered light but I think there are just as many blooms as our other black eyed Susan plants in full sun.
Yellow coreopsis in full sun: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This yellow coreopsis is a volunteer baby of our red coreopsis and thrives in our hottest, full sun flower bed.
Obedient plant in sun: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This obedient plant is blooming in full sun but we also have some in shady areas that bloom, although not as profusely.
Tiny marigold in part sun: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This tiny bicolor fairy marigold is blooming in part sun.

It's fun to have flowers for both shady and sunny areas. Which is your favorite?

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you!

Related posts:
Red coreopsis: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2015/06/coreopsis-zinnia-hydrangea-dahlia-and.html
Yellow finch on flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/08/yellow-finch-feeding-on-black-eyed.html
August 2015 flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2015/08/rose-zinnia-dahlia-salvia-and-obedient.html

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cute Kittens Wrestle and Surrender

Braveheart licking surrendering Sandman: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy wild Wednesday! Our feral-born kittens, Braveheart and the Sandman entertained us this week by wrestling in one of their sleeping baskets. Braveheart is smaller but clearly has the better wrestling moves. However, the Sandman wins extra points for extreme cuteness with this double paw surrender pose.
Braveheart sitting on the Sandman: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
You'd think they'd want separate baskets to have more room but even when I placed identical baskets side by side they chose to stay together in one. We love how much they love each other.
Braveheart muzzling the sandman: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Although it looks like Braveheart is trying to smother her brother, she's really just trying to pin him down to groom him.
Braveheart headlocks the Sandman: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Braveheart has mastered putting her brother in a headlock. Don't worry though, he could breathe and could defend himself if he wanted. He weighs about a pound more than she does.
Braveheart and the Sandman sleeping: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Once Braveheart finished grooming/wrestling her brother they both snuggled and surrendered to sleep. Aren't they cute kittens?

They already weigh almost as much as Baby, their 16 year old housemate cat but they're still growing so I suspect they'll end up being much bigger than her. I hope they learn to all get along but for now Baby doesn't care for the kittens. The kittens love her though, so if Baby ever changes her mind maybe I'll have photos of a three cat snuggle.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you and those you love!

Related posts:
Introducing our new kittens: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/05/braveheart-and-sandman-our-new-kittens.html
Cute kittens yawning: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/06/cute-kittens-yawning-and-cuddling.html
Baby cat with cute pink tongue: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2015/07/black-cat-pink-tongue-cuteness-photos.html

Friday, July 29, 2016

Day Lilies, Strawberry, Dahlias and Butterfly Bush Flowers

Double orange day lily flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" The double orange day lilies are still producing a few flowers, which I greatly appreciate.
Pink Tristan strawberry flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I planted this pink flowering strawberry (Tristan) last year but didn't get any flowers or fruit so I'm thankful to have flowers from it this year. I hope one day it will grow a strawberry or two.
Purple-pink dahlia flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 This pretty pink-purple dahlia has been producing flowers for months now.
White and burgundy bicolor dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 As long as I remember to water them frequently enough the dahlias keep flowering.
Violet butterfly bush flowers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 The butterfly bushes are great survivors and butterflies and bees love them.
Bicolor day lily macro: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This special little bicolor day lily survived under some larger day lilies' foliage. I think of it as my miracle day lily as it doesn't get much sun.

It's hot and humid here in Maryland but the flowers are gorgeous. Thank you for visiting! May God bless you!

Related posts:
Unusual dahlias: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/08/four-dahlias-and-dianthus-for-floral.html
Powerhouse dahlias: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/07/sunflowers-dahlias-marigolds-verbena.html
Philadelphia Dahlia Show: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/10/philadelpha-dahlia-society-flower-show.html

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Stretching Kitten for Wild Wednesday

Sandman the kitten: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy wild Wednesday! Just a short post today. The summer heat is getting to the kittens, who are lounging about lazily. I thought this photo of our Sandman kitten was funny. He started to reach for something and then gave up and just stayed there. Cuteness!

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you and those you love!

Related posts:
Our new kittens first pics: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/05/braveheart-and-sandman-our-new-kittens.html
Yawning cuddling kittens: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/06/cute-kittens-yawning-and-cuddling.html
Lion cubs: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/05/little-lion-cubs-for-wild-wednesday.html

Friday, July 22, 2016

Apricot Rose, Pink Veronica, Dahlia, Zinnia and Day Lilies for Floral Friday

Apricot rose flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" I'm loving our new apricot (light orange) rose flowers. So are the Japanese beetles but I pick them off as I see them and enjoy the flowers despite the bites taken from them.
Pink veronica flowers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Last year we planted bluish purple veronica in our main flower bed and it survived the winter so this year we put in some pink veronica and I think it's beautiful.
Mr. Optimist Dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This Mr. Optimist dahlia was a great surprise because the tuber survived the winter in our raised bed. I don't think any other dahlias have ever survived the winter in my Maryland garden before. It was one of my favorites last year and I couldn't find any locally this year so it's extra nice.
First giant red zinnia of 2016: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This is my first giant red zinnia flower of the year. I grow them from seed so they're extra special.
Yellow-orange day lilies: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The orange-yellow day lilies are blooming heavily. It's nice to have early, mid and late blooming day lilies to extend the day lily delights in our Maryland garden.

That's all for this week's mini garden tour. Thank you for visiting! May God bless you!

Related posts:
Flowers and funkiness: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/09/flowers-freeloaders-and-funkiness-for.html
Orange rose bud: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2016/05/big-yellow-irises-and-multicolored-roses.html
Fun flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/10/autumn-maryland-garden-flower-photos.html