The heat-wave-that-refuses-to-leave has taken my weather-wimpery to a whole new level. Garden chores are left undone while I spend early mornings and evenings dragging the hose around, saturating poor, thirsty plants. The rest of the day is spent in other places, usually indoors with a room AC unit that is so loud it could drown out a Boeing flyover. But I can't complain. Well, let's face it. I can, and I do because I'm a weather wuss.
Despite the meteorological mayhem, the garden is doing surprisingly well. Granted I've resisted the impulse to dig up and move plants and I've even gone so far as to lay an old bed sheet over a few plants that I fear will get sunburned. My efforts have paid off. Nature is so forgiving.
I'm not a huge fan of Daylilies (Hemerocallis ssp and cvs.) but I've always sort of wanted a white one. Last fall when I saw H x 'Early Snow' on clearance for a buck I grabbed it. Finally, it just started blooming. Ain't it perty?
|Hemerocallis x 'Early Snow'|
|Hemerocallis 'Coming Up Roses' (I think)|
|Alstroemeria psittacina 'Variegata'|
I've always had a soft spot for the genus Centaurea so, last winter, when I was flower-starved, I bought seeds for Centaurea rothrockii. It just started blooming. Check out the size of these babies! And the bees love them.
Another newbie last year is Talinum calycinum, also called Rock Pink or Flame Flower. The tiny, one-inch blossoms only appear in the afternoon. And they drop their little seeds! I've already got a few baby plants popping up.
Another product of my flower-starved winter has also just started blooming. Check out this miniature Morning Glory, called "Rose Feathers." (Ipomoea quamoclit.) I bought the seeds through Baker Creek. It's just starting to bloom.
Here's what the foliage looks like--all soft and ferny.
Here's another newbie for me. I don't typically grow yellow flowers but when I saw this last fall at a plant sale, I succumbed.
|Kniphofia 'Pineapple Popsicle'|
Check out my Gardenia 'Frostproof.' Just in the last few days the fragrant flowers began to appear. I love it.
|Dahlia blossom... I don't know the name|
|Look at how happy the Portulaca plants are.|
In other news, during a recent trip to the store, I (naturally) had to detour to the plant department. Check out this morbid plant abuse! Mulitple pots of Digplexis 'Illumination Flame' being tortured with 100 degree heat and little water. What are the store owners thinking?
Speaking of morbid, I instinctively reached for my camera when I saw this Trachycarpus casualty. What do you think, Mindy? Would your hubby cut this one down? LOL
|This snake thinks he's hiding but, come on dude.|
|At twilight, a Hummingbird rests just a few inches away from me.|
|I love this little guy!|
I hope your garden and its inhabitants are making you happy.