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Thursday, August 18, 2011

August Blooms And A Stranger

 Part of my cottage garden
 Daisy power
 White plus white combination (Daisy and Verbascum)
 Do I smell some romance here?
 Two monardas. One is loved by bees, another is ignored by them.
 I haven't seen one single bee on the red monarda. Any explanations?
 Bees are everywhere, but only hummingbirds visit red monarda.

 Little observation: my hollyhock doesn't get rusty leaves when it grows alone, without other hollyhocks nearby.

 August is a Fuchsia month ( next to Hebe Quicksilver)
Fuchsia and Japanese maple, Euphorbia and Melianthus major
 Liatris is a star of the front bed this time a year

 But what is this? Any ideas? A volunteer stranger. Reminds some type of aster:

I participate in Cottage Flora Thursday

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  1. Tatyana, I am in awe again, seeing photos of your lovely garden! May I ask what is the name of the plant that blooms behind the daisy on the photo titled "White plus white combination"? I like it quite a bit! Love your liastris in the front yard. Great photography!

  2. How lovely! I love the cottage garden 'tamed wilderness' feel. Very elegant, yet carefree. Beautiful.

  3. Your gardens are spectacular! I love how they are filled with the ever changing blossom of prennials. Your photos give such a warm feeling to your gardens.

  4. Christina, thank you! That plant is Verbascum (no tag, sorry!).

    Hannah, I like this term - 'tamed wilderness'!

  5. Christine, thanks! Yes, only perennials there.

  6. Stunning photos. The bees seem to like my purples better as well while the hummers do love red flowers...

  7. Daisy power indeed! Ours have been long gone here. All of your photos are gorgeous and you have some great combinations too.

  8. So gorgeous!! I'm in sensory overload looking at your stunning blooms. The white plus white is especially appealing. Great post! :)

  9. Beautiful combinations of plants and flowers! Is that a Melianthus major that looks so good in one shot? Mine is still only less than 1 foot tall, poor thing.

  10. Your flowers are beautiful! I've noticed the same thing with my Monarda. The bees love the Raspberry Wine, but ignore Jacob Kline. But the hummers love both. I read somewhere that bees see red as black, and that they consider it a cue that the flowers are already pollinated and/or dying.

    I think your unknown stranger is a type of Senecio, possibly integerrimus. AKA groundsel.

  11. Your photos are just beautiful!

  12. Your garden looks so lush and colorful! Love love those Daisies! They look beautiful virtually with anything!

  13. Hello againTatyana, wow… what beautiful photos and plantings. I love the 2nd one. Sorry no idea on the monarda and bees.

    I also love the planting combo of the dark Acer leaves and the Liatris – might try that one out :-)

    A belated Happy GBBD… a great day for inspiration… thanks :-D

  14. I love the shots where the shadows play against the flowers and foliage. I, too, have only hummers visiting my red monarda...don't know why. Your garden is utterly beautiful!

  15. I don't know if you can beat the color of that beebalm. Your daisies make me happy.

  16. Dear Tatyana, Your cottage garden is stunning! My favorite picture is of the daisies and verbascum. Oh, and I do envy your hollyhocks -- so cottage, but I have no luck with them. P.x

  17. Tanya, everything is so lovely but I'm especially fond of the hollyhocks! That red one is stunning!

  18. Thank you everyone!

    Aerie-el, yes, that is Melianthus major!

    Alison, thank you for your guess! I think you are right.

  19. The more I visit your site, the more impressed I am... your photography is always excellent... love your composition... a truly enjoyable blog to visit! Larry

  20. I loved the tour of your cottage garden. It sure is looking beautiful! I haven't really thought about whether the bees on are on the red monarda, I'll have to look tomorrow. The hummingbirds fight over them.

  21. I think that the red monarda isn't as visible to the bees. They always see colours towards blue first.

    Your hollyhock looks in mint condition. Mine are rusted so bad that I'm going to pull them out for next year, plus I fancy a change.

    Has Gorbachev been on the news over there? 20 years ago since the attempted coup d'etat. Strange how 'Gorby' is respected in the west and Putin is much loved at home.

  22. Wonderful, soul-stirring pics, Tatyana. Your garden really is lovely. thank you for sharing, from an end-of-winter-Africa!

  23. Tatyana,

    Your photos are lovely especially the daisies that look so natural pairing with the other plantings. Your garden shows how beautiful it is to having a tight garden with colors brushing up against each other.


  24. Those bee balm and hollyhock are gorgeous. It is nice to see what they would look like if I actually watered mine.
    Thanks for the comment on my blog, it cracked me up. :)

  25. Did you hear that dull thump? That was my jaw hitting the floor!
    So very beautiful, Tatyana.
    And I'm filled with envy of anyone who has fuchsias in their garden. I've tried and tried but they take one look at my tropical garden and run for the hills :(

  26. It must be a peaceful magical kingdom there ,The tiers of colors and the intereaving of all the rainbows makes quite a spiritual place.

  27. It does look like some sort of aster, it's nice. I can't believe how much you have blooming! Very nice! Good tip about the hollyhocks, I'll give that a try.

  28. Fuchsias as houseplants, now why didn't I think of that before? Thanks for the suggestion, Tatyana.

  29. Hello there Tatyana girl : )
    Yur pictures are beautiful ! I haven't had luck catching the bees myself .. we keep missing each other ? haha Yes what a beautiful cottage garden you have .. that is the style I really like too .. with a bit of woodland thrown in: )
    PS I have a new computer so everyone's blog looks bigger and better ! LOL


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