Sunday, July 15, 2012

Garden Blogger Bloom Day July 2012

The hymenocallis that I divided two years ago have settled in and are starting to bloom around the garden. This was what you might call a gateway drug bulb for me. I don't even remember where it came from but it was one of those come-ons I got in the mail from some bulb company many years ago. $25.00 worth of free bulbs and they hope you will spend more. I remember carefully choosing just $25.00 worth since I had no idea if this company could be trusted. Whatever else I got is long gone, as are many of the bulbs I have tried over the years, but these have hung in there and been happy.
Roselily Thalita
One of my newest bulbs is this Oriental hybrid. It is pretty over the top but I love it! It is in a pot this year but I will be finding an in-ground home for it soon.

Serpente di Sicilia
When this started blooming I went and looked at the package to make sure it was what I thought it was. This is the oddest squash blossom I have ever grown!  The leaves are unusual too. The plant is really happy and I am hoping to see what the squash looks like soon. My grandpa grew something like these years ago. He was smart enough to use a good trellis. Mine is bent on garden dominance.

Echinacea Double Delight, white four-o'clocks, salvia May Night
The narrow border in front of one of the vegetable gardens has several plants brightening things up.

Plumbago growing over the arbor with Lady Banks rose
The plumbago I wove through the banksia rose a few years ago adds a little color to the arbor.

Agapanthus, salvias, alyssum, society garlic, lavenders, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, green beans, oreganos (both culinary and ornamental), solanum jasminoides, shasta daisies, hollyhocks, pelargoniums and begonias of several kinds add to the blooms.  It may not be as floriferous as a month ago but there are, as Elizabeth Lawrence said, blooms nearly every month of the year, and July is no exception. Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see blooms around the world. That is also a good place to find out just who Elizabeth Lawrence was!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Oh Baby, Baby!


 patience is required...

hard to imagine how much garden goodness...

there will be in a few weeks.


Monday, July 02, 2012

Half of Plum Crop Knocked From Tree

Half of the crop from my new Burgundy plum tree was knocked out of the tree by that annoying scrub jay. I did manage to cut the bite marks off and do a taste test. I think it will be a nice addition to our tiny orchard...and hopefully next year we'll have more than 2 plums.