Tuesday, August 4, 2009

8/5 Outdoor Wednesday # 30

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It’s time for “Outdoor Wednesday”. Learn more about “Outdoor Wednesday” HERE

1. POST your outdoor photos and the Outdoor Wednesday logo/button on your blog and link back to  http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ so that others will be able to find all the links to other Outdoor Wednesday posts.

Reminder: Do NOT link in until after your post is up.

2. Add your Name and the Permalink to your post (NOT your general blog address) in “Mr. Linky”. For help with permalink see HERE

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Some of my favorite flowering shrubs of summer……. A few shrubs on my list are usually recommended for sunny sites, but all do quite well in shade, some even in full shade. They are all sturdy, widely adaptable plants that resist both diseases and pests. If you have a shade garden, you may wish to add one or more to enhance the beauty of your summer setting.

Glossy abelia

Butterfly bush

Lavender beautyberry

Sweet pepperbush

Oak leaf hydrangea

Virginia Sweetspire

Flowering raspberry

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73 comments:

  1. Hi Susan,
    reading your post and looking at all of your lovely flowering shrubs I just realized that except of some hydrangea we don't have any flowering shrubs. Hmmm, I may have to change that now that you showed me many different possibilities.
    Thank you for hosting and Happy Outdoor Wednesday,
    Tam

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  2. Susan, your flowers are gorgeous. I'm wondering why my hydrangea's don't bloom well. In fact in the almost 13 years we've been here, I think I've only seen them bloom once.. wonder what I should do about that. The leaves are just gorgeous.. just no blooms. Thank you for hosting Outdoor Wednesday. I hope this finds you and yours doing well... hugs ~lynne~

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  3. I have to say beautyberry is one of my all time favorites. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures.

    Christi

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  4. I love the oakleaf hydrangea. My sister has a couple of big ones and they are so pretty. I also love the butterfly bush.
    Rhonda

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  5. those are some of my favorite shrubs ever!!!
    thanks for showing such beauties~
    chasity

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  6. What gorgeous flowering shrubs! I need to branch out ... haha -- a pun! I wonder how many of them do okay in our zone here in New Jersey? They are just beautiful-- and so much less fuss than flowering plants! What a show...thanks... Cass

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  7. Lovely, quite subtle, my favorite being the Flowering raspberry. Thanks for hosting Susan, have a wonderful OW.

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  8. Hi Susan! You have mentioned several of my favorites, too. I love the oak leaf hydrangea and butterfly bush. I hope things are improving for you and your family!...hugs...Debbie

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  9. I have seen so many oak leaf hydrangeas this year. Conditions must be just right.

    Butterfly bushes grow so quickly.
    My Mom has one just off her deck.
    It is so pretty.

    Becky K.

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  10. Susan,

    What lovely flowering shurbs! What a wonderful addition to the summer garden. Your photography is gorgeous!

    Thank you for hosting OW.

    Best regards,
    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

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  11. Beautiful flowers.

    thank you so much for hosting each week!!

    blessings,
    Barbara Jean

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  12. Thanks for hosting this! It is my first time here but I know I will be back many times. Great pictures!

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  13. Hi Susan,
    Wonderful pics, I love the butterfly bush, I planted a few this year and they are really taking off! I hope your summer is going well and things are good in your life. Cindy

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  14. Susan so nice to see you again.
    My butterfly bush never made it this year...too much rain. : (
    Have a Happy OW
    Love Claudie
    xo
    P.S. How are you?

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  15. Hi Susan! thank you so much for hosting each week!!
    just beautiful flowers!!

    blessings
    Marina

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  16. Each of your flowering shrubs are so beautiful! Other than the butter fly bush all are new to me! This is one of the reasons I enjoy OW so much! Susan, thank you for hosting this party and giving us a place to gather each week.
    I do hope every one is feeling better at your home!

    Beth~♥

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  17. Oh the beautyberry with the butterfly is my favorite photo! How gorgeous
    Happy Outdoor Wednesday Susan !

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  18. You always find such gorgeous flowers to show us! Happy OW, Susan!

    Justine ;o )

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  19. Stunning Flowers!!!!!

    xoxoxoxo
    Donna Marie

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  20. Although I love the hydrangeas, they just don't do well here in the Phoenix area. I can and do have butterfly bush though. I just have to be content with looking at the gorgeous hydrangeas on beautiful blogs like yours!

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  21. You have such a great assortment of shrubs. The basic bones are so important in a great garden.

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  22. Susan, Thanks for hosting this party. All of your shrubs are just beautiful. I love the feathery quality of the Virginia Sweetspire and the oak leaf hydrangea.
    Sue

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  23. Such beautiful pictures of beautiful flowers. This time of year is so wonderful when everything is blooming. Have a great day.

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  24. I love the plants you've chosen to share with us this Wednesday. They are the die-hards of summer.

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  25. August is here-- I have no idea where June went let alone July!

    I have been enjoying the flowers everywhere and yours are some stunning ones.

    Thanks again for being our lovely hostess... much appreciation.

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

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  26. Beautiful flowers Susan... Hope all is well with you.

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  27. I so enjoyed the flowers! Beautiful. Thank you for hosting Outdoor Wednesday!

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  28. I've never seen a beautyberry before and I love it! I may need one of those! Thanks for hosting once again! I love Wednesdays!

    Robin

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  29. Your yard is gorgeous. I love the butterfly bush with the lavender spike blossoms. Everything looks so plush and healthy. Thanks for allowing us to share our "Southern Outdoors" with others! Blessings.

    I host 5 Things Friday and I hope you will stop by and play along. Blessings.

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  30. Hi Susan,

    These are all very nice flowering shrubs, we've been looking for one that can take full sun that we can use to make a hedge with, without actually having to trim it much!

    Btw, Ive been trying to add my name to Mr. Linky but he seems to on the blinky. Hopefully my name won't appear repeatedly later on or something. I hope not!
    If it does not appear at all will you please add my link for me. Thanks!

    Sherri~

    http://sharingwithsherri.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-backyard-in-bloom.html

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  31. Susan, Thanks for the suggestions, I will plant some of those next year, it is to hard to keep anything new alive this year.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday

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  32. What beautiful pictures, and I especially love the butterfly bush.

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  33. Such pretty flowers! Happy outdoor Wednesday and thanks for being our hostess.

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  34. Susan, what beautiful pictures. I love the butterfly bush, and am wondering if you have to stake yours. My blooms flop over. While we were on vacation in Maine, I saw a butterfly bush that was over 5 feet tall, and it wasn't flopping over like mine. It was gorgeous! Thanks for being our hostess :-)

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  35. I love all. Another beautiful blooms!

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  36. Lovely...thank you for hosting Outdoor Wednesday.

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  37. Such beautiful flowers!

    Alfazema

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  38. Your garden is growing so well that you should have been named Mary, Mary!

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  39. So much there to entice the butterflies into a visit! :)

    Tink *~*~*
    Moody Sanibel sea

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  40. Good morning Susan, your list just keeps growing. We all love our outdoors don't we. Your garden has the most beautiful plants. someday I will have my garden finished. We have only lived here for a little over two years. It is a new home and there was no landscaping. We have done quite a bit, but it is not done yet. We just planted 4 knockout roses. I am so excited to see them bloom. I will be posting them soon. What I love most about your garden is the blooming bushes . That is my idea of gardens. Flowers galore.

    Have a happy outdoors day.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  41. I've always loved the fragrance of the butterfly bush!!!

    My Outdoor Wednesday is a 'broken' heart!! Come by and see. :o)

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  42. I love the Butterfly Bush and have already planted one here at the new house. Although, it is only about 1 foot tall, it continues to bloom hardily. Thank you for hosting.
    Mama Bear

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  43. Loven Outdoor Wednesday!!!

    Mine's Up!!!

    Blessings
    Robin

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  44. Love the photo of the butterfly bush WITH a butterfly on it!

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  45. Susan, beautiful showing! Thanks for the weekly party. I got in late this morning, but better late than never! :)

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  46. Wow Susan, what beautiful plants and flowers. I love it. We have such a big piece of property and I think we need more large plants and shrubs, bushes. Your flowers are so pretty. I just love coming here every week and seeing what you will post about your outdoors. I really enjoy this. Have a blessed day.
    I was so glad to be able to join your fun this week!
    Debbie

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  47. Susan--If all these are in your yard, it must be a showplace! Each week I love seeing both my favorite plants and plants that are new to me. Thanks for hosting!

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  48. I keep planting butterfly bush every year, but can never get them large enough to survive before the caterpillars demolish them, but as long as they are happy, I'm happy.

    Happy OW and thanks, as always, for hosting!

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  49. Hi Susan

    You always find the prettiest flowers! I've enjoyed learning more about them each week on your blog.

    Happy OW! Thanks for hosting this event each week!

    Hugs, Pat

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  50. Susan, thanks for another wonderful Outdoor Wednesday. I am not familiar with some of your beautiful flowers. I wish I could grow things like that, but it is too hot and dry here.

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  51. Lovely flowering bushes with little white blooms would look wonderful against any one of the picket fences on my post today. Let's put our dream worlds together ;-)

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  52. Hi Susan! I just love your garden. I wish mine would look even just half as good as that!!...Christine

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  53. beautiful shots! I liked them all but I'd have to see if any could survive or thrive in our climate...

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  54. Susan your flowers are very pretty ♥ I was so confused this morning...I looked and looked for this post (which says it was posted 13 hrs ago) and couldn't find it :0 idk what was wrong with me lol I'm linked in now though :) Happy Outdoor Wednesday ♥

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  55. As usual, your flower photos are gorgeous.

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  56. What a DELIGHTFUL array of beautiful flowers! Methinks my Endless Summer Hydrangea doesn't get enough sun anymore now that my lime tree has grow so big ... so it's struggles just to stay alive.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  57. So, so pretty. Your bushes. How big is your garden anyway? Happy Wednesday.

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  58. Hi Susan, wow!! you have some great flowers around your house.. I have never seen some of them..just beautiful... hugs, Baba

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  59. What a great idea - I love the pictures of the flowers by the way. I love gazania and what a great idea the way they are planted.

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  60. Your bushes look beautiful, I need some for shady areas, I will have to take a look at these.

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  61. Hi Susan! Great to finally get to visit again! Those flowers are lovely...

    Computer's on the fritz so I'm busying myself with books. Hope things are getting better on your end.

    I'll update you soon with all the titles I've read.

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  62. WOW ! Loving this blog and your pictures are just fantastic - thank you

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  63. Hi Susan!
    I'm having a 1000 post give away! Swing by and enter...and GOOD LUCK!

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  64. I love your flowering shrub pictures. I have blooming plants everywhere and enjoy pampering them...which takes some effort this time of year. I gave up on Oak Leaf Hydrangeas and replaced them with Lime Lights...yours are so healthy. You have the touch or a perfect location...or both.

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  65. I'm new to blogging, but have certainly enjoyed the Outdoor Wednesday posts I've been following. I hope to join in the fun this week. Your oak leaf hydrangeas are so full of blooms. It is so hot here that nothing looks too perky in my garden!
    Thanks for hosting this great event.
    Sarah @ hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/

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  66. Hello Sweet Susan,
    Your flowers are Beautiful! Thanks for sharing about the meteors...falling stars....Will looks for it.....It's been so dry here...don't have much to show...but I manage to finds some flowers that surviving the drought and heat....Have a wonderful day...Happy Outdoor...Katherinellen

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  67. I only saw ONE meteor... I guess one is better than none... le sigh!

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