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WHAT'S BLOOMING ?
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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 18, 2011 - 7:22 am

Show us your pretty perennials...post your pictures.  It will give us ideas of what to add to our gardens. Helpful hints appreciated.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Brenda
SW Indiana zone 6a
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June 23, 2011 - 4:39 pm

June bloomsright now I have coreopsis, balloon flowers, oriental lilies, coneflowers, and purple/pink speedwell blooming.

"Gardening is a way to show that you believe in tomorrow"

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Lark
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June 23, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Love the colors and the cottage style of your gardens. You are way ahead of me in bloom time. Of course blue Balloon Flower is one of my favorites. What zone are you?

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Brenda
SW Indiana zone 6a
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June 23, 2011 - 8:04 pm

 thank you! I am in zone 6a now...When I was in NE Michigan we were in zone 4 so the blooming times took a while for me to adjust to. My style is very cottage garden although my colors are changing (used to be only pink/white/blue flowers and now I love color combo's that pop and I find myself looking for more red and orange flowering plants)

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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June 24, 2011 - 8:39 am

Brenda, I understand your move completely.  We went from 5a to 6b and there is a BIG difference.  Your flowers are SO pretty.  I have had the blue balloonflower for several years now and ..... guess what?!  This year, the plant bloomed half blue flowers and half pure white.  What's up with that??!

I used to be a total yellow freak.  This year I look around and "ooops" ~ too much yellow.  Now, I am branching out like you and going for the POP!  I think  a lot of colors really catch the eye.  I know some folks like themed gardens and more formality, but I guess that will never be me!  Bring it on, girls!!

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Brenda
SW Indiana zone 6a
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June 24, 2011 - 3:30 pm

Here is another new favorite combo for me, These were blooming 3 weeks ago for me. It is a Geum Ms.Bradshaw. I only have 3 plants that I bought last year at a little greenhouse. They were first year plants so I didn't have a clue what they would look like in bloom. I absolutly love them! They bloomed along with an early coreopsis just as my spring flowers (purple iris/salmon azealea/light pink double columbines) where starting to fade out.

"Gardening is a way to show that you believe in tomorrow"

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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June 25, 2011 - 5:03 am

Wow Brenda ..... I LOVE the geum!  I've only ever seen it in orange and yours looks really red.  Wonder if it goes to seed (hint-hint)Smile

With a couple exceptions, our greenhouses around here have the same old tired perennials day after day, so I hardly bother to shop for plants anymore (unless I am "shopping" in someone else's garden ~ yay!).  I happened into one of the larger places to look for a gift the other day and realized I had EVERY single perennial plant they were offering.  And I sure have not seen any geum around here this yearFrown

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Brenda
SW Indiana zone 6a
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June 25, 2011 - 7:13 am

Key, I have let the flowers set seed heads, so I would be happy to send some your way when they finish drying..I also always have a TON of my columbine seeds too if you would like (they are a double soft soft pink color). Yes, they are a red/orange and look just like old fashion roses. I RAN to the place I purchased them last year to get more plants but of course they don't have them this year...always my luck lol

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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August 3, 2011 - 4:40 am

Yesterday, hot & hazy at dusk. There was a certain glow in the garden that seemed to illuminate the flowers…Still too hot to be outside.Image EnlargerImage EnlargerImage Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Brenda
SW Indiana zone 6a
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August 3, 2011 - 6:46 am

beautiful pics!! Right now my Black eyed susans are taking center stage. My blue balloon flowers are still setting blooms, my zagnun coreopsis is blooming for the 2nd time this summer (I cut it back after the first set of blooms). Still waiting for my lavender bee balm to open up.

"Gardening is a way to show that you believe in tomorrow"

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