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Jul 28, 2009

OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY




Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer is our host for Outdoor Wedneday. Stop in to see her and the other participants in the mix. You will see some fabulous posts.


Well if you haven't heard me whining about it yet let me tell you how hot it is here in the Vancouver area. Good grief we are not used to this degree of heat and humidity here. It is a good 20-30 degrees hotter than what we usually get and the plants are starting to suffer. Good thing I took pictures because if I forget to water one time they will all be gone.

Happy looking Black Eyed Susans (for our hostess) to start with.
Here is my old "flower bed". I had hoped to get the box painted black but haven't gotten around to it. The petunias were supposed to completely fill in the whole bed but not yet.

Some of you have seen my Victorian planter before. It is getting pretty full but dries out so fast. Especially the top basket. This is on my top deck outside the french doors of the dining room.


Two types of daylilies that have been in my garden for about 15 years. That is white phlox in the bed. There is also a pink Japanese anemone too but the pink doesn't show up very well. It is a big kidney shaped bed in the middle of my front yard.
The Liatris spreads and spreads.
I love black flowers and grow many deep purple/black ones.
This is a black Hollyhock.

Thanks for stopping by.

21 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful flowers. The weather has really been rough on my flowers this year.

Kathleen said...

We have had so much rain the annuals are suffering..never a happy medium..
Your hollyhocks are beautiful!

ellen b said...

Oh girl I'm in the Seattle area right now and I feel your pain. We have a couple fans going right now blowing the hot air around :0)
I go out early in the morning to water...
Hang in there.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your flowers are beautiful. I've never seen a black hollyhock. It is incredible.. Our weather here has been unslightly cool and very wet, thankfully no large water bills..lol. Thanks for stopping by for a visit to my blog.
Happy Outdoor Wednesday... hugs ~lynne~

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Beautiful post. I would love to have seeds for this black holly hock. I didn't know they even made them in black. Oh my how beautiful. This is a great post and thanks for sharing. Country Hugs, Sherry

mbkatc230 said...

Beautiful! I'm so enjoying seeing everyone's blooms. Nothing is blooming here except dust because of the drought. Love the black eyed susans - they are one of my favorites. But the black hollyhock is just gorgeous! I've never seen one. Thanks for sharing these. Kathy

Emilie Kaiser said...

I love the HollyHock flowers...what pretty flowers. I will have to see if those will grow in KS!

Florida Sue said...

So beautiful! Oh how I miss these types of flowers. My lilies here are sulking from the ever present heat and refuse to bloom. That daylily and liatris combination is smashing, and I hope you cut these and bring them into the house.

The Black Eyed Susan and the lilies would look so beautiful in a vase with liatris as an accent. Then stick in a few of the longer lily leaves here and here. That is my free flower arranging tip for today..only because I love you Lucy.

XOLucy

xinex said...

Hi Lori, I really enjoyed looking at your flowers. They are all so pretty and so atractive..Christine

Gwen said...

oh these are true beauties!!! I hear ya about the heat!!! the 114 degree temps have killed just about all my flowers :( I am soooo ready for fall!!!

Regina said...

Such a lovely blooms.
Happy outdoor.

claudie said...

Hey Lori
Indeed that was my grandparents' marriage cert. Thanks so much. It's been unreal, like I said in my post about the rain..today cloudy & muggy.
My central air conditioner blew up yesterday so now I"m waiting on the "MAN" to set me up in a brand new one $$$
Happy OW Lori
Love Claudie
xoxo

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

Your flowers are beautiful!...Our heat and lack of rain has not been kind to my flowers. But that is the life of a gardener...last year we had a perfect growing season so I can't complain.
Happy OW!!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Its been very hot this July after a very rainy June -- Im excited that perhaps August will show off all of the flowers this lovely.

Thanks for sharing! Happy OW

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Giovanna said...

Oh I used to have a huge batch of purple ipomea and loved it, yours looks wonderful! I like your tiered pot holders too!!

Mary said...

Your flowers and the pictures of them are true beauties. I'm partial to the black-eyed Susan. I hope you're having a wonderful day.

Bill said...

Hi Lori,
Gorgeous flowers! Sorry you're having to deal with higher-than-usual temperatures.

I always appreciate your visits and your comments ... and they always make me smile. Let me know how your mojitos turn out ... after you "noxbakx" a few! ;)

Pauline said...

what beautiful flowers

lindalee said...

You have quite a green thumb. Now you can understand why my flowers are usually dead by the end of August....hot and no rain....but not this summer!

Elaine said...

Your black hollyhock is gorgeous! I don't know that I have ever seen one. I'd love to have one. Your garden looks lovely. Oh and I love that Victorian planter too. :)

Kammy said...

Hi Lori !
What a pretty flower garden ! You must have a green thumb - that is one thing I need - you got me beat !!!! I have killed several flowers this year......enough said.
I took a peek at your santa you painted - I love it - you are a very talented painter ! I have been trying to brush up my painting and I am so out of practice...Do you know that they took all the painting books out of Michaels (Huge craft store ) for more scrapbooking ?? They still sell paint but, no books....just silly. One day I will post something I painted - for real with paint brushes, little ones and colors...LOL !
Kammy

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