Kissed By The Rain

Friday and Saturday the garden gratefully welcomed more rainfall. By mid-morning Saturday the showers had stopped and I hurried out to see the first daylily blooms of the summer.

Hemerocallis (Daylily) (red in southern border from Mercers’ may be ‘Michael Arnholt’

Hemerocallis (Daylily) (red in southern border from Mercers’ may be ‘Michael Arnholt’

The garden is taking on a summer look.

Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting sweet pea)

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena) and Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood)

Only a few Shasta daisies have opened. There are many tight buds.

Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy) just starting to open

Monarda and cleome have been blooming about a week.

Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)

Though not very tall, much of this pink yarrow was flattened by the rain.

Achillea filipendulina (Fern-leaf Yarrow)

Scattered throughout the borders, Purple coneflower is having a good year. Last year it scarcely made an impact at all.

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) backed by Canna

The color and form varies widely.

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

I especially like the white echinacea, but it does not spread like its pink relatives.

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (Coneflower)


12 thoughts on “Kissed By The Rain

  1. Kris P

    Rain is magic! (At least when delivered in less than a deluge.) Your garden is looking beautiful, Susie. Coneflowers struggle here and seldom last even one full season but ‘White Swan’ was the exception (2 seasons!) and your post has me thinking maybe I should try it again.

  2. Pauline

    Your flowers are looking very happy in the rain! your garden is ahead of mine here, but I’m sure we’ll catch up soon.Rain makes such a difference, if only we could order it when our gardens need it!

  3. tonytomeo

    Perennial pea is growing like weeds right now. I just pulled up a huge one last week, and will be featuring it in the Six on Saturday meme next Saturday. It was so big that I took a picture of it after pulling it. It is next to a wheel on an F250 for comparison. I should have gotten a picture before pulling it, but did not know it was one weed.

  4. Beth@PlantPostings

    Oh, gorgeous! We’re just getting going with summer here, but the days lately have been stunning. Your plants look lush and sun-kissed. Thanks for sharing the bounty through your colorful photos!

  5. greenbenchramblings

    What some beautiful flowers you have out at the moment. We are struggling to keep our garden safe from heavy rain which has been going for four days day and night. In two days we had a whole months rain!


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