Beautiful Rose of Sharon bloom

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I have a nice size Rose of Sharon tree in my backyard and from the last week of July through the end of August my tree was covered in these beautiful flowers. Lovely!

The Rose of Sharon tree / shrub is part of the Hibiscus family, although it’s much more hardy than a tropical Hibiscus! Ours survives our Canadian (zone 5b) winters just fine! I’m glad it does because I love it’s gorgeous blooms!





Alium buds beginning to bloom

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Alium are such strange flowers … they are part of the onion family, but of course the ones we grow in our garden are ornamental and I’m sure are inedible.

These Alium tend to bloom at the end of June for me, but this year we’ve had a cooler than normal summer so they didn’t start to bloom until maybe the second week of July! Either way, we enjoyed seeing them … too bad they only bloom once.

Lovely blue Salvia in bloom

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I have quite a mix of flowers in my garden. The plants holding the majority are of course Roses, but even if it doesn’t seem like it at times I do grow other plants. Two of my favorite perennial plants are Lavender and Salvia. Both have lovely deep blue to purple blooms and of course, the Lavender has a beautiful scent.

The photo above is of my perennial Salvia in bloom. It blooms maybe three times each year and I love seeing those tiny little flowers. The blue purple color of their blooms look lovely near green hosta leaves and my roses (mainly pink).

Do you have a garden? What are your favorite plants?

Nothing prettier than an Antique Rose

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This has been a funny summer here in Toronto. It’s cooler than normal so my plants are growing slower and blooming less frequently.

Still … when you have gems like this beautiful “Prince Napoleon Climbing Rose” you can put up with a colder than normal summer.

Fact … They say that this is the coldest summer we’ve had in Toronto in almost 20 years! I guess I should be happy that some of my plants are still blooming! It’s a big change from our extremely hot and humid summers that we normally have here in Toronto though!