Tickled Pink

In case you’re worried about Sunday’s postcard, please don’t be.  Carol thought I sounded a bit desperate, but how could I be with all of this beauty surrounding me?  I may not be able to grow vegetables this year, but I can grow flowers.

My summer veggie garden may be in disaster mode, but I’m tickled about the pink flowers in my garden this year.  My attitude is surprising since pink has never one of my favorite flower colors.  In the hot sun, the lighter shades always seemed a little too subtle and often faded into white.

R. 'Applejack', P. 'Sarah Bernhardt', R. 'Basye's Blueberry', R. 'Mutabilis', R. 'The Fairy' and R. E.E. Sweet Fragrance
R. 'Applejack', P. 'Sarah Bernhardt', R. 'Basye's Blueberry', 'Mutabilis', 'The Fairy' and Easy Elegance Sweet Fragrance 'BAInce'

Not this year.  There were the peonies and roses of May which made cloudy days brighter.

The June garden was filled with daylilies of all sizes and stripes, but the pink ones romanced the landscape with both blue and apricot tints.

H. 'No More Tears', 'Palladian Pink', 'Heather Harmony', 'Classic Romance' and 'Joe Marinello'
H. 'No More Tears', H. 'Palladian Pink', H. 'Heather Harmony', H. 'Classic Romance' and H. 'Joe Marinello'

With color like this, who could weep for vegetables (which are annuals anyway)?  All of the plants, above, are perennial and bless my garden with their presence year after blooming year.

Some daylilies are now reblooming, and, like old friends, it’s sweet pleasure to see them again.  Some roses, like the Knockouts®, Pink and Rainbow, with deadheading, have bloomed all summer.  I see them so much that I forget to look.  Shame on me.

Echinacea purpurea 'Pink Double Delight', crapemyrtle Rhapsody in Pink®, Pink Knockout® rose, Pink Velour® crapemyrtle, Echinacea purpurea, heirloom four o'clocks
Echinacea purpurea 'Pink Double Delight', Rhapsody in Pink® crapemyrtle, Pink Knockout® rose, Pink Velour® crapemyrtle, Echinacea purpurea, heirloom four o'clocks

Also, the crapemyrtles are all blooming.  Three are bright pink (two of which are Dr. Whitcomb’s Pink Velour®)  and two are lighter (Whitcomb’s Rhapsody in Pink®).  All of my Whitcomb varieties have bronze leaves, and my oldest crapemyrtle (unknown) is limbed up and as tall as a twenty foot tree.  It’s difficult to get a good photo of it.  The white, pink and hybrid Phlox paniculata are still blooming, along with several varieties of Echinacea purpurea, four o’clocks and other pink annuals.

Maybe I like pink more than I thought.  This year I do anyway.


  1. Brenda Kula says:

    I think I’d like most any color flower this year. Cause there isn’t much out there in this heat. Just a few black-eyed Susans and some geraniums and a few purslane. Color is few and far between these days. Haven’t seen a rose since spring time.

    Oh, Brenda, you need some rain girl! So sorry. Fall will be here soon. Hope your foot is better.~~Dee

  2. Your photographs are exceptional.

    I too have had failed vegetable years because of drought. We have strict watering restrictions and extremely hot summers that can make growing anything difficult. It’s very frustrating.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    .-= Our Red House´s last blog ..Raindrops on Roses (and Ten of My Favourite Things) =-.

    Thank you so much. It can be frustrating indeed, but I’m trying to focus on the flowers instead. 🙂 ~~Dee

  3. Randy says:

    What lovely flowers you have! I’ve recently developed a fondness for pink. You’re right though, I never thought about it before but it does tend to fade. –Randy
    .-= Randy´s last blog ..Almost Wordless Wednesday =-.

    Randy, I think the lighter shades fade, but I can see why gardeners in cooler climes love them so.~~Dee

  4. Aisling says:

    All the pink flowers look delicious. Who needs veggies anyway? *grin*

    Our vegetable garden is mediocre at best this year. It actually looks pretty, but is producing very modestly, very slowly. I hope everything finishes up and ripens before our short growing season ends!
    .-= Aisling´s last blog ..Poetry Thursday – Healing =-.

    Indeed, on the who needs veggies!~~Dee

  5. Rose says:

    Pink is actually one of my favorite colors in the garden, so I’m loving all these lovelies in yours, Dee. I much prefer looking at flowers rather than vegetables anyway:) My vegetable garden is doing much better this year than it did last year, but we have had consistent rain this year, which sure makes a difference. But I’m still waiting for that first ripe tomato!
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Christening the Garden . . . =-.

    It’s become one of mine too. Yes, rain does help. 🙂 ~~Dee

  6. VW says:

    Great collages. I’ve always loved pink! But you’re right, the soft shades are too washed out in summer sun. They’re nice on my kitchen table, though.
    .-= VW´s last blog ..Golden, Rosy, Peach & Periwinkle West Garden =-.

    Thank you, VW.~~Dee

  7. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I love these postcards of pinks. It is no wonder why you like these lovely colors this year.

    Thanks, Lisa.~~Dee

  8. Frances says:

    Hi Dee, no, not worried about you at all, my friend. Pretty in pink, that’s you AND your garden. We cannot hitch our wagons to the veggie gardens, they are way to unstable compared to roses, daylilies and echinceas. How could anyone not take great delight in your flowers, for they are exquisite, just like the gardener. 🙂
    .-= Frances´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday-Figs And Palo =-.

    Frances, that was so sweet. Thank you so much. I feel the same way about you.~~Dee

  9. I am reassured that you are not as desperate as originally thought. Maybe just slightly hungry for veggies? And definitely your pink flowers are a feast for the eyes.
    .-= Carol, May Dreams Gardens´s last blog ..Are You Having A Good Cucumber Year? =-.

    Nope. Just frustrated by the lack of veggie goodness when I write about it every week. (LOL) ~~Dee

  10. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Your garden is prettier than Molly Ringwald! I’m glad there’s beauty to be found despite the heat.
    .-= Cindy, MCOK´s last blog ..And Now For Something Completely Different … =-.

    Ooh, Cindy, you creative gal. Cute.~~Dee

  11. Patty says:

    your blog is FANTASTIC!

    goodness…i have a loooong way to go
    thanks for taking a look at my single entry that will hopefully multiply!

    Hi Patty! I’m so glad you like my blog. The Diva and I think of you often and love that you’re on Facebook too.~~Dee

  12. Patsi says:

    You have some beauties !!
    What a cool way to show your pictures…very different.

    Thank you Patsi.~~Dee

  13. Your pinks are grand & just the thing to keep up your spirits. I like strong pinks, although subtle ones can be great in shade.
    .-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..Whaddaya Think This Is, A Wildlife Sanctuary? =-.

    Yes, you need shade for them to stand out instead of fading out. 🙂 ~~Dee

  14. Gail says:

    I am pretty fond of pink myself! There’s plenty of yellow, but helps lantana brings back pinks once coneflower peaks and passes. I love your pink roses, but I must admit that Rhapsody in Pink crape myrtle one my admiration a few posts back. gail
    .-= Gail´s last blog ..Sitting In The Garden =-.

    Gail, you need a Rhapsody in Pink crapemyrtle! They are even more beautiful than their photos.~~Dee

  15. Diana says:

    Dee — Isn’t it funny that a color can sneak up on you in your garden? You don’t think it’s your favorite color, yet you’ve clearly planted it all over the place, and so you think, well, maybe I DO like pink! My garden is that way with yellow. It’s ok, but it’s everywhere, so it must be more than ok with me! I love your pinks — all those different shades evolving through the season — nice to see the collages put together like that. Did you gt rain yesterday or storms?
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..A fresh start … =-.

    Yes, I guess I like it more than I thought. Pink flowers just do well here.~~Dee

  16. Ilona says:

    I love your attitude! And with beauty like that, who wouldn’t love pink?

    .-= Ilona´s last blog ..Ohio Has A Summer-Just In The Nick Of Time =-.

    Yes, think pink indeed!~~Dee

  17. MA says:

    wow! Pink is IN!
    .-= MA´s last blog ..My favorite outdoor kitchen =-.

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