September 2, 2010

Get Your Red Hots!

As September comes in without a puff of fresh air let's pay tribute to the Red Hots of summer.  After all, it's not officially fall until September 23rd right?  Hang in there, they're calling for cooler air this weekend!  Until then, there are still plenty of heat loving bloomers to enjoy.


Batface Cuphea

Check out these sweet little flowers.  Do you see the bat face resemblance?  This Cuphea adds a bit of playfulness to the garden as these little "bats" float from the tips of their stems in the summer breezes.
Butterfly Weed

This is a new addition to my garden.  Amy at Go Away, I'm Gardening posted on this beautiful plant recently.  Her descriptions and photos were so lovely that it became a must have plant.  http://www.goawayimgardening.blogspot.com/  Butterfly Weed  is a host plant for Monarch butterflies as well as enticing other butterflies to it's nectar.  As I was planting this morning, a Monarch came by to sample it's nectar while I was putting it in the ground! 
Butterfly Weed

I know I'm going to love this colorful bloom!  It's so cheery and bright!  Thanks for the inspiration Amy!

Firebush

This Firebush is just beginning to bloom in my garden much to the delight of the hummingbirds.   In true  Live Oak fashion, their canopy has spread and this Firebush doesn't get the sunlight it needs to bloom until late summer.  It does have beautiful, delicate foliage though that adds plenty of interest until bloom time. 

Turk's Cap

Turk's Cap is another hummingbird favorite.  While taking this photo, there were three hummingbirds flitting about this planting.   Turk's Cap is a very low maintenance way to invite wildlife into your landscape.


David Verity Cuphea


This beauty is David Verity Cuphea.  These flowers are a source of food for hummingbirds too.  They love these hot colors and tubular shaped flowers.   It's shown here in front of the stock tank pond.  The Cuphea was recommended to me by Pam at Digging.  The stock tank pond was inspired by her blog as well - thanks Pam!  www.penick.net/digging



Canna Lily

And finally we have a gorgeous orange/yellow Canna Lily.   It shares the love with these amazingly bright and intricate blooms that lend a very exotic and tropical look to my front yard landscape.

Fabulous colors like these are almost enough to make me wistful about summer's end... Ha!  NOT!


8 comments:

  1. That third photo is fantastic, Cat. Loved this entire post!

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  2. I love all your oranges and reds. They work so well in our hot climate and don't get washed out in the heat of the afternoon. I need to plant some firebush myself, even though I have too many live oaks to give it much sun.

    Thanks for the link love. Your stock-tank pond took my pond advice to a whole new level. It's one of the best I've seen.

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  3. Great photos/blog... I always love the chance to learn from my big sister! You are awesome! - Sandy

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  4. You know Pam I think I almost drove my husband crazy with my talk of the stock tank pond! I got to where I was dreaming about it and how it would look. After showing him your post with the step by step instructions, he was on board and I was thrilled! Funny, he even suggested we should have gotten the next size up after about a week of enjoying the pond!

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  5. You know Pam I think I almost drove my husband crazy with my talk of the stock tank pond! I got to where I was dreaming about it and how it would look. After showing him your post with the step by step instructions, he was on board and I was thrilled! Funny, he even suggested we should have gotten the next size up after about a week of enjoying the pond!

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  6. Thanks so much for the nice comment and link to my blog! Wow...the monarch didn't waste any time visiting your butterfly weed. It had a great invitation to your garden!
    I really like the batface cupea. Now, you have inspired me to get one. Your photos are very pretty! Have a good weekend. :)

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  7. Cat, my friend, I'm glad to see your creative juices flowing! My shady yard is home to lots of Turks Cap...one of the few flowering plants that can take so much shade. Looking forward to Fall with you and plants/tips from you! Your blog looks fantastic!

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  8. Thanks for all your encouragment Tita! You are my photo guru for sure :)

    Amy, the Batface has been amazing this summer. It has bloomed the entire time and is just all around a happy addition to the garden!

    Lynne, thanks for visiting and your nice comment. As my yard gets shadier, I'm also searching for ways to brighten it up so stay tuned!

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"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
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