Friday, June 12, 2009

You know what they say about April Showers...

It's been dry and in the mid-90's here the past few days, so it's tough to even remember "April Showers" at this point. Luckily I have all these "May Flowers" to remind me!
Clockwise from top left: Lambs Ears; Agapanthus (a small variety - Peter Pan, I believe); Daylilies (identified as Kwanso by Rhonda - thanks!); Black-eyed Susans; Crocosmia (Lisa, this is what I gave you recently); French Marigolds; Shasta Daisy; Purple Coneflowers.

Unrelated Note #1: Don't garden bloggers make great friends? Debbi sent me some seeds (angel trumpet, hummingbird vine, lettuce, hyacinth bean) AND this cute bookmark! Thanks, Debbi!
Unrelated Note #2: I'm on the bandwagon with all the Diamond Frost Euphorbia fans. It's just about the only thing in the yard that hasn't wilted from the extreme heat of the past few days, and I NEVER water it!
Here is another plant with dainty white blossoms that can take the heat. What is it?
Out-of-control oregano! I'm transferring this out of the raised bed and into a real flower bed soon, along with my other perennial herbs.
Unrelated Note #3: Impressive fruit harvest, huh? I'm not sure of the strawberry variety, but the blueberries are Climax. Both types of berries are the earliest of the three varieties of each that we have.
Unrelated Note #4: Scott commented the other day about how everything grows so tall in our yard. We live on a hill, so I'm not sure why everything is reaching for the sun like that! This black-eyed susan is literally four feet tall. I love how visible that makes it from the street!
You can see the rose reaching for great heights as well:
I hope y'all all have a great weekend and get some gardening time in!


Janet said...

Good morning Ginger, your garden looks great! Love the collage of blooms. One of these days I would like to grow Crocosmia. (tried some and the voles ate the bulbs/ corms or what) I love it when the herbs all bloom. I have oregano and thyme in a container on the deck and they are blooming together, fun.
I know what you mean about some plants getting really tall. I have some Echinacea that seem to be on steriods-- they are almost 5 feet tall, as are the Rudbeckia next to them. Happy plants.
Have a great weekend.

Dave said...

Your garden looks good! Maybe your soil is good for the plants and that's why they are stretching high. You could always pinch them back if you want to make them a a tad bushier. I wanted to get some blueberries this year but never did. They will have to wait until next year.

Ginger said...

Janet - I love the extremely bright blooms of crocosmia. Once you get it established here, it has a tendency to become invasive, but it's super easy to pull up.

David - Thanks for the tip! This is my first year growing blueberries - I have four bushes and there are hundreds of berries in various stages of ripening. Yum!

Susie said...

Hey Ginger, are we going to get rain anytime soon? My garden and grass need it terribly. I hate to think I'm going to have to start regular watering already.

Oh the other hand, your flowers look great. So far, I'm not feeling the love of my beds. I didn't plant hardly any annuals this year so my beds are just not colorful. I reckon with this sunshine some perennials will start doing better.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

It's been dry and warm here, any plant like the euphorbia that can handle that is worth having! Your berries look delicious. Nothing better than berries fresh from the garden.

Dirt Princess said...

Hey I'm back! Long week! I just wanted to let you know Bilbo's latest travels are posted on my blog. I will be back around tomorrow to catch up. I got the package and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!! Kiki has been playing with her gift as well!

Heather said...

Ginger, all your blooms are really looking good. Who knew it was so hot there. I think the flowers are enjoying it in pictures anyway!

KMG said...

Shoot! My blueberries are full but still very green. I guess a few miles south does make a difference. I grew up in Alabama and remember summers so hot we thought we could fry eggs on the sidewalk.

Prairie Chicken... said...

lovely! I planted my first strawberry plant this year... your little harvest looks deeeelish

Kim and Victoria said...

Your plants look great.

Uh, that's about twice our strawberry harvest so don't poke too much fun at it. ;-)

KMG said...

Hey, Ginger, I have sedum that I would share if you want some. email me if interested. I can mail them bareroot and they should do fine.

Ginger said...

Susie- I haven't had to water the lawn yet, but the flower beds have definitely been too dry to ignore. No rain in sight!

Catherine- So true! I loved that post you had about your daughter and strawberries recently.

DP- So glad you're back!!!

Heather- I try to only plant things that can take the heat, since it's hot as you know where from April to October here!

PC- I planted mine last year and they didn't do too much, but the second year they are growing like mad!

KMG- I'm going to e-mail you about the sedum - thanks so much!