By |2018-06-11T10:12:31-04:00May 24, 2018|8 McDowell, Color, Friday Flowers, Garden|

Dreaming of flowers yet to appear: and all of these are yellow.
I was never really keen on yellow flowers, but preferred the blues and pinks. But that was in a different climate! Here, in the Piedmont of North Carolina where the summers can be brutal, it’s the yellow flowers that outshine, and outlast, all others.




A page from my garden planner!


yellow flowers



I had posted this two years ago!

My Recommendations:
for (almost) foolproof, heat tolerant, summer flowering yellows

I have grown all of these and love them. They do seem to flower a little earlier each year that they are in the garden..but that’s fine with me. Just be sure they are not in damp, wet soil. They love dry. With all the rain we have here for the last […]


By |2017-09-28T17:49:41-04:00September 28, 2017|Uncategorized|

These cheerful, bright, sunny flowers start to flower in September.
Helianthus angustifolius

There are many varieties of Helianthus, but these may be my favorite! Mine were gifted to me by a friend in the village about four years ago. It took almost two years until they spread and I knew they were happy. Now, by the end of August, the 6-8′ stems are filled with flowers. Yes, they are tall! Mine are set against the house and provide a perfect “screen” for the siding!




A morning’s gathering earlier this week:


Fun with a flat lay photo shoot:


And finally, an afternoon shot today with the sun coming in the kitchen window:

To find out more about this
“Narrow Leaf Sunflower”  Helianthus angustifolius
check out this site.



By |2014-07-24T20:42:36-04:00July 24, 2014|Friday Flowers, Garden|

This IS the South, so what can I expect?

I should know and be prepared for such hot, humid weather. Well, I am …. sort of.
In fact, I rather like the really hot weather.
But not so my garden. It’s tough on everyone out there. But I water faithfully and thoroughly, sometimes twice a day.

And for that, here is what I get in my mid-summer garden:

IMG_1931_wm Hibiscus. I have it planted by the front porch, climbing up the white railing. And what a statement it makes!


IMG_2081_wm Love these petite Echinicea, “Sombrero Hot Coral.” I bought them last summer and they survived the winter just fine.


IMG_4598_wm Canna “Tropicana”


IMG_4603_wm My flowering Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks). Yes, they can flower!


IMG_4604_wm Daisies, of course!


Helianthus_wm I have lots of Helianthus. They do so well in this climate and look so cheerful in my front garden that I’ve added a few more plants this year.

 We’ve had some rain and slightly cooler days, but still, the garden  is in it’s summer blah stage.
I have come to […]

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