|Here is the first blossom getting ready to bloom.|
The Four O'Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) I started from seed in April are blooming like crazy now. Here is a late-afternoon photo showing how the blossoms unfurl from their center. Little works of art, aren't they?
|Here they are, fully opened.|
|Here, they're mingling with Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum)|
|It's an annual and the plants are already looking tired but|
I like the flowers.
|One of my new Dahlias. I can't recall the name.|
|Sedum 'Touchdown Teak,' before the bees were awake.|
|Many of my Phlox are finishing up but this one, 'Norah Leigh' with variegated foliage,|
is going strong.
|'Becky Towe' is another variegated Phlox.|
It's just finishing up.
|I keep taking photos of Hydrangea serrata 'Omacha Nishiki'|
because at every stage since leafing out in early spring,
it has been a knockout.
|See how the bracts turn downward and take on that deep burgundy color? |
More than once, I've made the mistake of planting Nepeta nervosa 'Pink Cat' in dry soil under full sun. Wrong! This little guy likes moisture and semi-shade, at least in my garden. Finally, I'm learning.
|Nepeta nervosa 'Pink Cat' (Not exactly pink, but close.)|
|I had to get a close up shot of these tiny flowers.|
|'Walz Jubelteen' the quintessential girly-girl Fuchsia. And I love it.|
Right next to the hardy Fuchsia is this urn of Sempervivums. Look closely at the Interloper.
|Johnny Jump-Ups pop up in the strangest places.|
Note the tiny crab spider.
|Lonicera x heckrottii 'Gold Flame' has finally outwitted the aphids.|
|Ditto for L. x h. 'Pink Lemonade'|
|Anemone japonica 'Pamina' is blooming early this year.|
|The Sedums are also starting to bloom.|
|I've been watering my Monarda didyma 'Raspberry Wine' and lookie that!|
Despite being knocked over by some strange midnight
|I bought a replacement Abutilon 'Nabob' (From Fry Road) after losing my previous five year old one |
over the winter.
This was just a wee plug when I got it in April and now it's going on four feet tall.
|Another plant I keep showing you all is my Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy.'|
They're sooooo pretty!
I should have put a penny on this Castor Plant leaf so you could get an idea of how huge it is.
I hope you all are enjoying your gardens as much as I am.