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Favourite perennials and annuals this summer

Even though our summer was hot and sunny with very little rain, most of the perennials and annuals in my and my clients’ gardens were beautiful here in zone 5.  Here are a few of my favourites…

 

Although we are currently well into September, many of these continue to bloom.  The peach colored shrub rose, for example, has been blooming all summer in a pot on my back deck with lots of buds, promising even more blooms

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Noises of a bumblebee

As I was tending to a garden recently, I looked up when I heard a strange sound coming from a nearby rose bush…

this chubby bumblebee was not making his usual buzzing sound, but more of a squeaking sound, as he worked his way into and around this rose.  The typical buzzing sound is caused by the vibration of a bumblebees flight muscles, but I am not sure what the squeaking sound meant.

Perhaps his muscles were a little rusty due to the heavy rain we have been receiving.  Or maybe this particular bumblebee is a senior citizen with arthritis, he sounded much like my ankles in the mornings LOL

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Mother’s Day Rose in October

My son presented me with a rose for Mother’s Day this past May.  He decided it would be best to purchase a potted plant as they “don’t die like cut flowers do”.  I guess this apple didn’t fall far from the tree; sounds like something I would say!   After it bloomed for weeks in the house, I planted it in a nice sunny spot in my front garden and it is now blooming again, in October!

mothers day rose

 Since it is planted near my front door, I see and smell it every time I come home or leave the house.

 Mother’s Day in October; i love it!