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More Blooms From Mary

Looking closely at the blooms of summer

We shared some beautiful photos from Mary Murphy last week, and today we’ve got some more beautiful scenes from her garden in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where she had been gardening for about 15 years.

dahliaThis dahlia (Dahlia × variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb) is just beginning to open up.

Delphinium elatumA hummingbird moth has come to visit this delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 3–8). These moths get their common name because they beat their wings rapidly, like a hummingbird, and can be confused with the tiny birds at first glance. The adults feed on a wide range of different flowers, but their caterpillar life-stage needs honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.), dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum), or a few trees in the rose family for food.

A dragonfly resting on a japaleno plantA dragonfly resting on a jalapeno plant. Clearly, Mary does not just grow beautiful plants, but she has also made her garden a great habitat for insect visitors as well.

Lavender stardust daylilyLavender stardust daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Lavender Stardust’, Zones 3–9) has beautifully ruffled flowers. The petals have a feature called “diamond dust,” which makes them glitter in the sun. The glittering effect doesn’t show up well in photos but can be quite lovely in person.

NigelllaLove-in-a-mist (Nigellla damascena, annual) is a beautiful annual that prefers cooler weather. The flowers are set in a cloud (or mist, if you will) of delicate, airy foliage.

Daylily ‘On and On’Daylily ‘On and On’ (Hemerocalis ‘On and On’, Zones 3–9). As the name suggests, this variety keeps putting out these beautiful pink flowers pretty much continuously through the summer and into fall.

Quickfire hydrangea‘Quickfire’ hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Quickfire’, Zones 3–9) is a variety selected for early blooming. It gets the hydrangea season off to an earlier start with white flowers that blush red as they age.

If you touched this strawflower (Xerocrysum bracteatum, annual), you’d know where it gets its name. The blooms are very dry and papery to the touch, which means that in addition to being beautiful in the garden, they are easily dried for long-lasting displays indoors or in crafts.

Velvet queen sunflowerI love seeing the specks of yellow pollen on ‘Velvet Queen’ sunflower (Helianthus annuus ‘Velvet Queen’, annual), which promise to feed a host of pollinators as well as be beautiful.

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  1. Maggieat11 02/22/2022

    Nice to catch the hummingbird moth in a photo. Hard to do! Thanks for sharing.🍃

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    bdowen 02/22/2022

    Beautiful close-ups of your garden. Inspiration for plants to look for this coming season. Thank you. I hope you will post some bigger view photos of your garden when everything starts growing this spring. I'd love to see these beautiful flowers in their larger context.

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    vanhatalosuomi 02/22/2022

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing :)

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    simplesue 02/22/2022

    Oh your pretty photo of Love-in-a-mist (Nigellla damascena reminds me to buy some seeds asap!
    Love your photos of the insect life on your flowers, so hard to get those photo opportunities as they come and go so quickly!

  5. btucker9675 02/22/2022

    Great photos and great selection of flowers - love the colors!

  6. murphymk1 02/22/2022

    Thanks for the nice comments!

  7. PattyLouise 02/23/2022


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