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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday: Rose Explosion

It's time once again for Outdoor Wednesday, hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

We've been having a lot of rain for the past week, but the sun came out long enough for me to take a few updated pictures of my flower gardens, including my pink climbing rose, which has literally exploded with blooms. Last week for Outdoor Wednesday, I had a couple of pictures of this climbing rose with just a few blooms (HERE).

Here's how it looks now:

I even got a picture of a very happy bumblebee who was busily visiting as many blooms as he could.

My orange asclepias tuberosa (a.k.a. Butterfly Flower, Butterfly Milkweed or Indian Paintbrush) is blooming also.

The flowers in the back are Green Wizard Rudbeckia, which have gotten a little flattened by the rain.

Asclepias tuberosa is a species of milkweed. In autumn, it will get large pods of milkweed fluff. It is often called Butterfly Flower because it's nectar attracts butterflies and it is the larval plant food for the Queen and Monarch species of butterflies.

I love this photo I took of my Black Magic hollyhocks on the same day.

The trellis is for my Celtic Skies clematis, which is small yet. I haven't had to stake these hollyhocks at all. This little corner between the back porch and side of the house shelters them from wind, which helps keep them upright.

Thanks for stopping by!


Bella said...

Hi Katie... Oh your rose is stunning!! Wow is it happy! Your holly hocks look great too, love the littele garden angel:-)

Light and Voices said...

Wowza what stunning roses you have in your garden.
Joyce M

The Blackwood Cottage said...

The roses are fabulous! I love the hollyhocks and the color....wow! Beautiful!!

LV said...

I loved all your flowers today, but the climbing rose is stunning. Very nice post for Outdoor Day.

Johanna said...

Whow, what a burst of flowers makes this pretty climbing rose. Love the iron kittty and the hollyhooks, too.
Greetings, Johanna

Luna Miranda said...

the sight of your flowers make me happy. i wish i have a garden like yours.

Anonymous said...

very pretty reminds me of the olden days

Barbara said...

So beautiful!

Donna said...

Hi Katie,
Your gardens are beautiful! I love the roses, and I have never seen black hollyhocks before. Stunning! thanks so much for visiting, and for your nice comments!

Eastlake Victorian said...


That climbing rose is wonderful! Does it smell good as well? I see you don't know the name of it. I wish I could have a climber get that big in my garden! SO PRETTY!!


Ms. Bake-it said...

My goodness Katie, your climbing roses are fabulous! Love all of your other flowers. Your garden cat looks content to be amongst the flowers.