A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

In Bloom, early-July

2013070602I’m anxious for more plants to bloom, but right now there are some pretty spectacular flowers in the garden, like our Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa interior). Some of these are transplants from other areas, and I added a couple more this year because the orange color is really stunning. They are doing much better in this new spot.

A new addition to the yard this year is this Hydrangea. I can’t remember which variety — possibly Twist’n’Shout — the flower poms(?) on it are huge and beautiful, however they get a little droopy in the afternoon sun.

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2013070603This is our one lowly Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida, not to be confused with the common Purple Conflower (Echinacea purpurea). In addition to the paler, skinnier petals, the leaves of the Pale variety are longer, more narrow, and tend to grow near the base of the plant.

Not as showy as the more common variety, but I really like its understated-ness.

The last photo shows the flowers of the Kalm’s St. Johns Wort shrub (Hypericum kalmianum). I think these flowers are really cool.

We were given four of these from Pete’s friend, whose family owns a wholesale nursery, and planted two together in 2 different spots last year. As they grew, two of the plants seemed to have bigger leaves than the other two (of course the two similar-leafed ones weren’t planted together!), so this year I moved them all together and planted the two “like” plants next to each other. Interestingly enough, the two broader-leafed ones are blooming right now and the two skinnier-leafed ones are not, so perhaps our blooming period will be extended with the other two.

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