Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sunday Blooming Sunday
















My garden is not at it's best right now, summer is winding down, I am ready for fall, I love the fall, I am tired of the heat and humidity. This has been a very unusual August with all the rain. It rained seven days in a row, we received over 10 inches during that time. The creeks and rivers are high but nothing like some parts of the country. Today was beautiful, tomorrow is supposed to be as well. I have a list of things I want to get done outside. It is time to dump some of my annuals and get ready for the fall display of mums.

11 comments:

Catherine said...

Beautiful photo's and flowers!! And quite the assortment! we could use some more rain! Enoy your nice day in the garden tomorrow!

Connie said...

I can't believe how much rain some parts of the country have received! We are still waiting here in hot dry Idaho, where many forest fires are still un-contained.
You still have a lot blooming and they are all lovely!

admin said...

Your flowers are beautiful. What is the lovely flower at the start?
sara from farmingfriends

Me said...

I am envious of the morning glory. I used to have glorious plants covered with blossoms and for the past three years they haven't bloomed. This year, I even moved to a completely different remote location that gets full sun all day...I am going to have to do some research. I do know that I am not the only one around here with the problem. I've talked to others who've had the same problem.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Thanks for the kind words and stopping by.

Sara, the first flower is an Amish Cockscomb. This is first time I have been successful growing it. Someone gave me small plants last spring that they started from seeds. I am going to save the seed myself this year and dry the flowers. They are interesting in the fact that the flower starts out really small, the same flower continues to grow all summer getting larger all the time.

Sue said...

Love the cockscomb! My mother grew those when I was a child, and I have yearned to grow them in my garden, with no luck. What's the secret?
One of the most beautiful Christmas wreaths I've ever seen was a solid ring of dried cockscomb, sprayed to be a little redder. Gorgeous!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Sue, I am not sure what the secret is, I have bought them as bedding plants and they did not develop the flower/comb, I read that if the seedlings are chilled at all during the early days they will not bloom, with our Iowa weather I always assumed that is what happened, they were chilled during shipping. I think this particular variety is an heirloom, the gal that gave me the plants got a couple of flower heads last fall from the Amish, all she did was shake the seed out and planted the seed inside this spring. Maybe that is the secret, growing them from seed.

The wreath idea sounds beautiful, I am going to pick all the flowers, dry them and harvest the seed from them also. I have heard that if they are sprayed with hair spray they will keep longer, not sure if that is true or not. If I get lots of seed I will send you some.

Jean said...

Awesome photos! I love the fall too!

kris said...

I would say your garden still looks wonderful, judging from your photos! The roses are beautiful. I was going to ask about the first photo too - I haven't grown cockscomb - looks cool.

Jill said...

Great blooms! I'm needing to trade out some of my flowers. They're just about spent for the summer.

Nicole said...

Very lovely photos, I am envious of your beautiful and romantic roses-its way too hot here now for those.
That's interesting about the Amish Cockscomb flower keeping growing larger. My mother grew cockscomb when I was a small child, similar in shape and form to yours, and I do think the flowers started small and grew larger.