Friday, July 31, 2015

Dahlias, Day Lilies, Butterfly Weed, and Hot Peppers

Yellow dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" I took these photos right after a heavy rain. Raindrops on flower petals make them even more beautiful.
Bicolor day lily duo: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
 These pretty ruffled day lilies have a nice bright center that's like a floral smile.
First butterfly weed flowers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
To support the monarch butterfly population, we bought three butterfly weed plants this year and they're finally blooming. I have yet to see a butterfly on them but am hopeful.
Sights of Summer dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Our sights of summer dahlia was the most expensive tuber we bought this year and the last to bloom. But it's flowers are beautiful and large so worth the wait.  
Ben's hot peppers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
I started three different types of hot pepper plants from seed for my husband in late winter but once we planted them in spring, rabbits kept eating them. So he decided to get some already large ones from the store. His store bought ones are producing nicely but my seed started ones are still at the flowering stage (note to self - next year put up some rabbit fencing around the pepper seedlings). I hope the ones I started from seed do produce some peppers eventually but he's pretty glad that he bought the larger plants and can pick peppers as needed.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you today and always!

Related posts:
Cat smelling a dahlia:
Dazzling dahlias:
Giant dahlias:

2012's peppers:

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