Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bring on the All-Stars!

The garden is looking great right now. That's because the garden all-stars are in bloom.

Geranium "Rozanne" narrowly escaped the compost heap last year. It didn't look like much for most of the summer season but this year it's a massive mound of blooms.

Another view of "Rozanne." Her remarkable comeback earns this geranium a spot on the all-star list.

The astilbe have been all-stars from the day they were planted, bringing colour to a semi-shady section of the garden. I'm glad I snapped this photo. The blooms were all flattened today in a massive rainstorm.

Liatris fulfill my need for tall, spikey, purplish plants. In fact, tall, spikey and purplish automatically puts a plant in the running for all-star status.

The globe thistle looks great even before it is in full bloom. I think if you stare at this photo long enough, you might have a psychedelic experience.

The globe thistle provides the backdrop for the all-star of all the all-stars: the purple coneflower. What an extraordinary flower. I can't get enough and if I had the space, I would plant a whole field of them. What a sight that would be. Until I get my field, I'll just enjoy my all-stars doing what they do best.


Pam/Digging said...

Your all-stars look great. Coneflowers are one of my stand-ins too.

Wicked Gardener said...

I haven't tried coneflowers, but I want to next year. The astilbe is very pretty.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Good morning O.I.M. I'm enjoying your photos.

I have globe thistle for the first time this year. I love it too. Planning to cut some and dry it for fall flower arrangements.

Connie said...

NICE! They are all very deserving of all-star status. Coneflowers and liatris add their needed color to my garden this time of year...when many of the perennials are finished blooming.

lacey said...

Ooh, coneflowers are my favorite! And we're trying liatris for the first time too. I didn't realize how great they look together though. Nice job!

Garden Lily said...

I second your opinion, especially of the globe thistle and coneflowers. What a great colour/texture combination.
Garden Lily