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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2017

It’s good to be back after a week’s vacation down south with the family. If you care to read about our 13-hour car ride to South Carolina, you can check it out here:

A 13-hour car ride with the family  

Or if you share my obsession with people watching in the ocean, check this out:

The ocean is the great equalizer

I was also super excited to read this review of my book:

John Markowski’s book finds a place in my garden

No more self-promotion, I swear.

In terms of the garden, things are looking eh; a little worn out and beaten up from all of the rain this past week.

I’ve missed Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for a months running but fortunately remembered it for today. Before diving into my garden pics, here are a few other GBBD posts from some of my friends around the country.

May Dreams Gardens


The Outlaw Gardener

The Rainy Day Gardener

On to my humble lot:

A little Lobelia love

Lobelia cardinalis ‘Black Truffle’


Lobelia gerardii ‘Vedrariensis’


Lobelia siphilitica

Grasses flower too

Micanthus purpurascens (Flame Grass) in front. Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ in back.


Panicum ‘Rotstrahlbusch’


Panicum ‘Northwind’


Blooms of Molinia ‘Cordoba’

Still going strong

Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) ‘Gateway’


Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) ‘Phantom’


Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan)


Allium ‘Mt. Sinai’

Newly emerging

Helenium (Sneezeweed) ‘Mariachi Series’


Boltonia (False Aster) ‘Pink Beauty’


Rose of Sharon through the lens of an ornamental grass


Sedum (Stonecrop) ‘Autumn Fire’


Monarda (Bee Balm)


Echinacea (Coneflower) ‘Fragrant Angel’


Astilbe and Echinacea (Coneflower) ‘Sunset’


Veronica (Speedwell) ‘Royal Candles’


Perovskia (Russian Sage)




Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – September 2015

Today I will take a back seat and allow the photos to do all of the talking for me.

I know you all visit here for my sick wordsmithing skills but you’ll just have to wait for another day.

Because if I write too much it distracts from the purpose of today’s post.

And that would be a travesty since the 15th of each month is dedicated to all that is blooming in our gardens.

Some times we just want to see beautiful photos and bypass all of those silly words that  get in the way.

So with than in mind, I won’t write a thing today.

Because, you know, I care.

Truly I do.

Like, a lot.


Helenium autumnale (Sneezeweed)


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Helenium (Sneezeweed) Mariachi Series


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Helenium (Sneezeweed) Mariachi Series


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Veronica ‘Royal Candles’


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Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’


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Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’





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Physostegia (Obedient Plant) ‘Vivid’



Physostegia (Obedient Plant) ‘Vivid’



Eupatorium (Hardy Ageratum) ‘Wayside’


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Eupatorium (Hardy Ageratum) ‘Wayside’


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Spent Joe Pye Weed blooms in front, Panicum (Switch Grass) ‘Rots’ and Sorghastrum (Indian Grass) in back from left to right.


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Miscanthus (Flame Grass) blooms


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A plethora of ornamental grass blooms


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Panicum (Switch Grass) blooms


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First blooms ever on Abelia ‘Golden Anniversary’


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Lone surviving Monarda (Bee Balm) bloom


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Lone surviving Achillea (Yarrow) ‘Grapefruit’ bloom

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – October 2013

Slim pickens here today my friends, so keep your expectations in check, OK? 
Mucho appreciated. 
Sneezeweed ‘Short ‘n’ Sassy’
Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’
Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’
My last surviving Dahlia bloom
What is left of the Veronica ‘Royal Candles’ blooms
Physostegia ‘Vivid’
Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’
Hydrangea ‘Little Lime’
Miscanthus ‘Gracillimus’
Miscanthus ‘Variegatus’
Miscanthus purpurascens (Flame Grass)

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Some blooms are new:

Physostegia (Obedient Plant) ‘Vivid’

Chelone (Turtle Head) ‘Hot Lips’

Boltonia ‘Pink Beauty’

Some blooms keep on keeping on after consistent deadheading:

Helenium (Sneezeweed) ‘Short ‘n’ Sassy’

Lobelia siphilitica


Phlox ‘Pink Flame’


Phlox ‘Pink Flame’

 Some blooms are aging well:

Hydrangea ‘Little Lime’

Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’

And ornamental grass blooms look pretty fantastic, even in the evening:

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – July

We just returned from a ten day vacation down south and my son and I are off to the MLB All Star Game Fanfest in New York City, so I am not really capable of full sentences at this point.
I’ll be back in full swing in just a few days.    
Until then, here are some current pics from the garden as much has changed in only a week and a half:   

My OWN Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day

I’m a bad ass. 
I really am … and here’s why.
The 15th of every month is widely known to be “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day” where garden bloggers all over the universe share what’s blooming in their garden. Good times.
But this guy doesn’t play by those rules. No way. I have my own GBBD and it’s on the 18th or 24th or 29th of each month. In simpler terms, it’s whenever I want to do it. 
I cannot be controlled. 
I play by my own rules. 
I dance to the beat of my own drummer.
I am, a true … “bad ass”.
So join me in my rebellion as we tour my gardens on the 18th of this month (Feels good doesn’t it?)
Caryopteris (Bluebeard) ‘Sunshine Blue’: 

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’:

Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) ‘Ice Ballet’:

Miscanthus ‘Strictus’ blowing in the 45mph winds:

A slow build to the blooms on Sorghastrum (Indian Grass) ‘Sioux Blue’:

The stellar Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’:

Almost 75% of my property is bordered by wild flowers and other wild growth and the Goldenrod takes center stage this time of year: 

It provides quite the backdrop to all of my “man made” gardens:

Never before have I had re-blooming on my Viburnum ‘Shoshoni’:

Althea (Rose of Sharon) ‘Lavender Chiffon’ keeps on going:

As does Boltonia ‘Pink Beauty’:

Doesn’t it feel good to be bad?


Belated garden blogger’s bloom day

I am a day late to the party, but better late than never, right? (never mind, don’t answer that).

Before I show you some bloom photos, it would be a crime if I didn’t provide you with links to other bloggers who have unbelievable gardens with off the charts bloom photos:

Read Between the Limes

Thanks for Today

That Bloomin Garden

Garden Thyme with the Creative Gardener

A Hocking Hill’s Garden

The Obsessive Gardener

If these sites are on par with Madonna, then I’m Milli Vanilli.
If they are Chariots of Fire or The Godfather, I’m Gigli.
If they are Meryl Streep or Julia Roberts, I’m Pee Wee Herman.

OK I’m done, but that was fun and I could come up with a lot more but you get the point.   

Iris ‘Snow Queen’
Iris ‘Ruffled Velvet’
Knockout Rose ‘Radrazz’
Ninebark ‘Summer Wine’
Weigela ‘Wine and Roses’
Spirea ‘Snowstorm’

Daylilly ‘Happy Returns’ (stretching the bloom thing a bit but it is at least on it’s way)
Itea ‘Henry’s Garnet’

Peony (With these I’m like a parent who takes too many photos of their child)

Spirea ‘Goldmound’

I look forward to a new week with a ton of plants still sitting in the garage that need to be given a home.

Good night and god bless.