Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Night Photos: Flowers in and Out of the Garden (2010 Garden Update #4)

English DailyIf you follow my Garden Updates, you know how much I love growing vegetables and herbs, but I do love growing flowers too. For a few years now I've been investing in a few more perennials every year, with a goal of having flowers from spring to fall! I'm not there yet, but my flower beds are looking a bit better every year. This gorgeous hot pink flower is called English Daisy, one of the earliest flowers that pops out along the edge of my vegetable garden, and one of the first perennials I bought when I decided to start investing in them.

English Daisies also come in this lighter shade of pink. I found white ones as well when I was googling them, but mine are all pink.

A new perennial I bought this year is this Penstemon, a native Utah plant that thrives in the hot sun.

One of the first flowers I enjoy every year is the flowers that appear on the chives in the herb garden. I hear they are good to eat, but I haven't been able to bring myself to cut them off yet!

This is a large bushy plant with nice little purple flowers. I got the original cutting for this from my sister Pam a few years ago, and if she'll remind me what it's called I will come back and edit! (Thank you to Lin from Texas who reminded me that this plant is Comfrey, good for making herbal tea as well as a nice flowering bush. I had a few more of these, but they didn't survive the house renovations!)

Last, but not least, as much as I love my garden flowers, there's nothing better than beautiful flowers delivered from a good friend on a day she knows they will be meaningful to you.

I still have a few more spots where I could squeeze in more flowers, so if you have any favorite perennials that will survive the Utah winters, I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

(You can use the label 2010 Garden Updates if you want to see what else is growing in my garden this year.)
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  1. I always have a hard time cutting my chive blossoms, too; glad to know I'm not the only one. I have large globe alliums planted in another part of the garden, and they bloom at the same time as the chives. They are like "Me" and "mini Me"!

  2. Your flowers are beautiful! As you know,this year my husband and I planted many perennials we've never planted before, and our yard looks great.We planted White Candy Tuft, May Night Pansies (purple and yellow), tall purple Salvia, red Geraniums, and light freen and white Hosa Lilies. My neighbor also has an Oriental Ppoppy that is absolutely gorgeous. Check out my blog for a photo!

  3. Gorgeous flowers! I'm jealous, I can't grow anything!

  4. Your flowers are gorgeous. I just have a small area in the front yard that I grow a few herbs and some flowers. This year I have a few tomato plants as well. Eventually I would love to have a full fledged garden!

  5. Lydia. will have to check on globa alliums to see if they grow here. your color-coordinated garden is so beautiful.

    Anne, thanks!

    Bonnie, your yard looks great. I have lotts of purple salvia, and one Oriental Poppy that's looking sickly, but I don't think I have any of those other plants.

    Debbi, don't give up. Enriching the soil is probably the most important thing.

    Amanda, have fun! Nothing better than growing your own herbs and food. Flowers are just a bonus for me.

  6. The plant from your sister looks like Comfrey, an herb with medicinal uses as well as a beautiful flower.

    I live in Texas, and have good luck with a lot of salvias - I don't know what zone Utah is, but you might check on salvias. As a bonus - hummingbirds love them. My (and their) favorite is Salvia guaranitica black and blue. If it's not hardy there, you might try it in a pot. Gorgeous!

  7. Lin, thank you! (I knew it was a plant you can make tea from, but just could not remember the name!) have some purple salvia that I love, but will check out Salvia guaranitica black and blue for sure.

  8. I've never grown chives, nor seen them in bloom. Wow, their flowers are precious! Love all your pics and hearing about your garden - and that arrangement you received was beautiful - such a great combination of color.

  9. I love the hot pinks and scarlets against the cool green foliage. So pretty. I always let my chive blossoms linger, too! Hard to cut them. I like to plant spiky catmint and Russian sage, lavender, salvia, and mints. They double each year (though some folks don't like to deal with the mint family's runners).

    Your bouquet is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous. Love it! xox

  10. Kalyn, I admire your garden, beautiful! My poppies and cornflowers just died and roses suffer from some mould.
    The only thing that want to grow is our xmas tree and sweet peas.
    Anyway... hope you having wonderful weekend! :)

  11. Can you grow catmint or candytuft? Two of my favorites!

  12. Pam, haven't tried either of those but will check them out.


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