Just Some Purty Flowers

So many things are blooming now, I just couldn’t stop at a couple of pictures.

purple coneflower echinacea

Echinacea purpurea (Purple coneflower)

purple coneflower echinacea rattlesnake master

Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower) with Rattlesnake master in background

Anise hyssop

Anise hyssop

Liatris spicata or blazing star

Liatris spicata or blazing star. Starts blooming at the top and then blooms down the stalk

The Mirabilis jalapa or 4 o’clocks are a reseeding annual.  Some years I have more yellows and white, but this year I have more pink. They also like to cross breed and those are always a pretty combination.

4 oclocks, mirabilis4 o clocks

The Asclepias tuberosa or milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly.  It is also a favorite of bees!

asclepias tuberosa milkweed bee asclepias tuberosa milkweed bee

This rogue sunflower came up from the bird seed.

sunflower sunflower

Lots of yellow squash blossoms (also a bee favorite)

yellow squash yellow squash bloom

I’m liking this combo of gerbera daisy and angelonia

gerbera daisy angelonia

Rue-host plant for the swallowtail butterfly

Rue—host plant for the swallowtail butterfly

I also had a good harvest of elephant garlic

elephant garlic elephant garlic

and silverskin garlic

silverskin garlic

My back porch container of impatiens, caladiums and coleus

impatiens, caladium coleus

And last but not least, a couple of cute animal pics

Sweet Annie

Sweet Annie

Lazy Daisy

Lazy Daisy

Everything I plant is butterfly and bee friendly so if you are looking  to attract these pollinators to your garden (and keep your animals safe), it’s very important not to spray with any chemicals.  Sermon over.

Have a great weekend!


p.s.  we are headed to the lake this week for some R and R.  Should be interesting since we don’t have TV, internet or cell phone service!  So if I don’t respond, you know why.  Talk about roughing it!


About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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20 Responses to Just Some Purty Flowers

  1. Brenda – Envious of your garlic. I just haven’t found one that will grow in FL. Your hydrangea banner photo is great. I read somewhere that anise hyssop is invasive. Have you found that to be true because I’ve got seeds and I want to grow it.


  2. Dawn says:

    Brenda, your garden is so colorful this week! We are planning to plant Milkweed to attract monarchs. Thanks for suggesting Rue to attract swallowtails, too! I’ve always wanted to start a Butterfly Garden. My husband will just love it! Have a great time! ♡


  3. Your garden photos are so much fun; I really love your purple coneflowers. It took me three years to get these going in my garden.


  4. Kevin says:

    Brenda, nice garlic!! Four o’clocks are among my favorites. Reliable. Easy — and I love the way the look of the seeds, like tiny black urns. 🙂


  5. Becky says:

    Beautiful! Are those snowballs in your banner picture? We had a bush that was planted by my grandmother when we lived on the farm, and I miss them!


  6. Enjoy and we are just a couple weeks behind you…great garlic!


  7. bittster says:

    SO much color, looks great and I love the squash pictures…. I hope you had a chance to pick them before leaving!
    I pity you having to rough it at a lake house just as summer is starting. No phone or internet and all you have is a nice lakeview and a cup of coffee and all the birds and bugs serenading you…. yeah, sometimes life can be rough 😉


  8. Your flowers look great and the pets are adorable! Im jealous of the garlic; I just moved and had to leave mine behind. Hope the new owner appreciates! (LONG WITH THE ASPARAGUS AND RHUBARB!)


  9. Mags Corner says:

    What beautiful flowers around your place, the colors are just gorgeous! Annie and Daisy look to be enjoying summer thus far. Wow, you had quite a garlic crop. Hugs


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