Late Summer Flower Garden

I haven’t shared any pics of my flowers with you in a long time. And lately, with the ongoing blast furnace that is our weather, they aren’t looking so good. But I grabbed my camera last evening, and while there was some leftover pizza reheating in the toaster oven (the one in the kitchen, not the outdoor toaster oven, ha ha), I took a few quick shots.  Here are my impatiens. I planted them in between the hosta and columbine. I love pink.

They like shade so they are on the north side of the house.

Here is an aster that is native to Kansas. I planted it from seed last year, and now it’s starting to bloom for the first time.The flowers are tiny – no bigger than your fingernail.

Here’s another native wildflower called Mexican Hat. I planted it from seed last year too.

I found this little butterfly resting on the Mexican Hat. I was using my macro and had the lens right up to him, but he didn’t fly away.

He is called a Purple Hairstreak, and he was a real cutie, only about a half inch long.

And here are the yellow mums. They were there by the front door 10 years ago when Harland(hubby) bought the house. They have occasional blooms all summer, and then put on a beautiful show in the fall. (Don’t know their name, sorry.)

At this point, the pizza was ready, and I was sweating my life away in the yard. So ended the flower tour.

The weather is supposed to improve over the weekend, and maybe we’ll get some welcome rain.


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20 Responses

  1. Lee Ann L. says:

    My Mother would have loved the impatiens and the mums. As for me, I love anything wild(flowers). The Mexican Hat is rather common down here in the springtime. Thanks for sharing your garden — I loved having a peek.

  2. Glyndalyn says:

    Lovely flowers.

  3. Thanks for identifying all the butterflys and flowers, now I know what I am looking at in my backyard! Birds…on the other hand I have been doing all my life. (lifelist 601)

    Thanks for the grammar and spelling check on the post last night! New post up today! (Funny)

    Such pretty flowers!


  4. Shailaja says:

    Wild flowers are so beautiful. I read recently that they play an important role in keeping the earth wet. But they are disappearing fast! It’s nice to see that your garden is a haven for some of the tiny beauties.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Shailaja,
      I like having wildflowers in the garden in part because they take care of themselves. After all, this is their home.

  5. Suzanne, I love the asters! Your flowers are so pretty! Unfortunately I do not have any flowers planted around the outside of my house. There are wildflowers growing on the edge of the property and along the creek bed…but they were all planted by mother nature. The really interesting thing about the wildflowers on our property…I swear, every summer I see something new, something that was not growing the previous summer…and i just love that! P.S. I hope you guys do get a little break from the heat soon. Today was about 82 degrees and this evening it was a pleasant 78. I think maybe we have turned the corner on the major heat for this summer…I think…I hope…!!

    • Suzanne says:

      HI Bonnie,
      Thank you so much!
      The heatwave finally broke. Last night it went down into the 60s, and today only as high as the 80s. What a change from the high of 106 last Thursday.

  6. That butterfly is gorgeous! Great shot. Amazing, really. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thank you for braving the heat to get those photos. I saw the same little butterfly in my garden this evening. They are soooo cute! The light you captured on the Mexican hat makes it glow. Very pretty.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Gardener,
      I see those butterflies every once in a while, but didn’t know what their name was until the other day.
      Thanks for your visit.

  8. Doe of Mi. says:

    Beautiful! And I would love to see your Hostas. I seem to have a thing for hostas!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Doe,
      Thank you!
      My hostas are not so happy right now as the heat wave took it out of them, and something keeps eating them.

  9. Hello Suzanne,

    I always enjoy visiting your blog because I love how you show life out on the prairies. I have not had good success with impatiens, but love how beautiful they are. I love Mexican Hat and your photo with the butterfly is so beautiful.

    PS. Thank you very much for your kind comment on my last post 🙂

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Noelle,
      Thank you!
      I’m eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in your story about Gracie on your blog!

  10. Dorothy says:

    I love day lilys also. I especially love the one dyou said is pale yellow. It almost looks chartruese. the heat here in florida has also been awful and everything gets overgrown so quickly because your not tending to it. thanks for sharing, Dorothy

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Dorothy,
      I was born in Florida, and lived there until I was 7. But I remember the awful heat you describe. Sending cool thoughts your way.

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