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This perennial chrysanthemum is blooming in my garden right now. ‘Matchsticks’ is well-named, the tip of each quilled yellow petal is orange-red and looks like a wooden matchstick. I didn’t pinch this mum back this year and it’s about thirty inches tall now and is just past peak bloom. I think this is one of the prettiest mums I’ve seen. Click to enlarge photos.

Matchsticks Mum Flower

matchsticks mums

matchsticks mums
Chrysanthemum ‘Matchsticks’

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Here’s a bunch of garden photos I’ve meant to post over the past few weeks, click any photo to start. (There are links to “view full” size on individual photo pages, at bottom right of each photo under “Comment” and “Reblog”.)

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After a cool, wet spring, the gardens have filled in and are growing rapidly. I got a very late start this year, planting my annuals out a full month later than usual, due to the incessant rain and flooding in our area. We are more than 20 inches above normal rainfall for the year! We also had a very rainy and warm winter here, apparently equal to a Zone 10 or 11 — I had a fuchsia in a hanging basket that came back from the roots this spring (after hanging outside all winter), all my “annual” begonias sprouted back from the roots in the patio bed, and an Angel’s Trumpet Datura in a container on the back deck overwintered and sprouted back and is now huge again. Anyway, the weather seems to be getting back to “normal” here (hot and humid) and here are some photos taken over the past month or so, in between rain showers, click to enlarge. (Much more to come, soon!)

Zinnias, Heuchera, Shamrocks
Zinnias, ‘Caramel’ Heuchera, purple Shamrocks (Oxalis)

annuals in creek border near patio
Annuals including Sunpatiens, Zinnias, Vinca around patio near creekside borders

annual phlox, zinnias, dianthus
Annual Phlox ‘Intensia’, Dianthus, Zinnias, Heuchera and more

mexican feather grass and zinnias with colored glass path
Heuchera, Vinca, Zinnias, colored glass pebbles and blue bottles stepping stones at patio

flower border below patio
Border below patio

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