Sunday, August 3, 2014

Loaded Crabapple Tree, Ligularia & Helenium 'Lollipop'

This branch is so heavily loaded that it hangs to the ground, making a nice frame for garden pics. :)

I am sure the birds will enjoy them soon.

The Ligularia is blooming.  I really enjoy this plant.
It is planted in a container, so each year I can move it around. I am enjoying it next to this wagon wheel.
 Right in the front I have Helenium 'Lollipop', another new purchase this year. 

I love the unusual form of this flower--tiny little eyeball with a wee frill of ruffled petals on the underside.  This flower is fully open. I think it's a great contrast to Ligularia's large coarse leaves and tall spiky blooms.  It needs to be planted in the front of a border to be appreciated. 

I usually cut down hosta blooms because they are  too tall and messy for my liking.  Since the deer ate dozens of my hostas, I don't have many to cut down this year. Somehow this one escaped the deer and I decided I like its flowers in front of the pink speedwell so I left them on.
Time to go outside to finish my weekend garden chores--mostly just weeding.

Happy gardening!


  1. Qui con la pioggia le Ligularie stanno crescendo bene! Ancora complimenti per il giardino, anche se sembra ripetitivo รจ una bellezza da guardare!!

  2. I think your garden is wonderful, Zoey.
    The deer have really been tough on mine again this year. I've gone full circle trying to find something to deter them, but they are relentless.
    I think my hosta are the only thing they haven't eaten. Sigh

  3. Hi Sue,
    I was visiting your blog this morning and saw some of that deer damage. It's amazing that they left your hostas alone. I don't know why they have to eat our gardens when the woods is full of food for them!

  4. Your pictures are beautiful! What a lovely garden it must be! Helenium 'Lollipop' is indeed very curious and interesting.

  5. Hi Alain,
    Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.

  6. That first picture is frame-able! Of course there's not really a bad one in the bunch.

  7. Hi Zoey, Your garden is one of the prettiest in blogland, Zoey. I just love it! So colorful, and designed so beautifully! I like your driftwood piece. I grow ligularia too but mine is the kind with dark brownish-reddish foliage and flowers that are daisy-like.

    1. Thanks, Beth.

      I don't think I have seen the Ligularia you have. I will have to pop on over and take a look. It sounds interesting!

  8. I has been a long time since I have visited your blog. As usual your plants are beautiful and have really matured!


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