The garden continues to grow and evolve, watching for the first tomatoes and hoping for a good crop of basil. The garden is busy and blooming so get ready for a picture heavy post! Out in the forest, the honeysuckle is going like crazy.
The sweet fragrance wafts across the air, and the pollinators are all over these blooms.
Mountain Laurel is blooming across the property. Ours are all white, no pink ones.
The peach trees have a good amount of fruit. These are wild clingstone peaches, not a lot of usable fruit, but a really sweet and intensely peach flavor. If DH is lucky enough, I’ll get the peaches before the bears do and make him a Fresh Peach Coffee Cake. The problem is I have to leave them on the trees until they ripen or they don’t get ripe. So, the bears and I have a race each year to get to them at the perfect moment.
This red and white petunia sneaked into my basket of bargain white petunias, so I put it with the white lobelia. Both are doing nicely on the veranda.
The yellow torenias are growing and beginning to bloom more profusely.
Whoopee, I actually have a nice lettuce plant! This will be a salad soon.
The red snapdragons are starting another show.
The celosias are still little, but blooming well.
The day lilies are getting going, this one with dewdrops in the early morning.
My favorite pale yellow one with the deep purple throat is blooming profusely. It is too bad that these gorgeous blooms only last one day. I like the ruffled edges of this one.
More ruffled edges on the peachy color ones with yellow throats, there are two clumps of these both putting on daily shows.
My largest tomato plant has a flower! Hoping for a nice fat tomato.
The tomatoes planted in a large pot are getting bigger too.
Out in the front flower bed, the white petunias are growing and filling the pots, flowering nicely.
The larger pot on the corner of the veranda is filling in too. The daisy finished blooming and I deadheaded the blooms hoping it will go again. I like this pink coleus a lot, it adds nice color to the pot.
Another planting of basil in a small pot is coming along.
Inside, a friend convinced me to try growing another lettuce from the core of one used for dinner. So I did. I thought using a bulb vase would be perfect to keep it just in the water. I cut a thin slice off the bottom and put it in water.
About a week later, it seemed to be doing really well. No roots yet, but I was hopeful as the leaves were growing.
Then, for some reason it died and turned brown. I don’t have a clue why. Another epic fail, LOL!! Also on the failure front, the poinsettia in the large pot on the veranda died too. I guess it didn’t like being replanted, or something was wrong with the light or water. But the blue lobelia and the peachy pink begonia still are growing and blooming nicely.
The vibrant colors are just beautiful.
Basil and more begonias, both doing well.
The fuschia put on a spectacular show! The two color flowers are so interesting.
Last week I made DH a couple of loaves of Apple Bread, and put the peels and cores out in a dish for the critters. It didn’t take long for the crows to find it and steal an apple core. The others tried to take it away from him, instead of getting their own from the dish. Later, I noticed it was all gone, so I think they came back and had a feast.
The goldfinches are wearing their summer colors, so bright and beautiful.
All the torenias are blooming and they are beginning to cascade trailing shoots of leaves and flowers. They are growing larger and faster than previous years, and I think the bone meal and slow release fertilizer I added to the hanging baskets made a difference.
Lovely cool mornings and evenings are nice to sit in the rockers and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a nice evening libation. The pillow is from my internet buddy Jenna’s site The Painted Apron. She is such a wonderful artist! I plan to get another bright pillow soon for the other chair.
I love seeing the pollinators come by, this pretty butterfly rested on the veranda, moving its wings back and forth slowly.
The June blooming lily has one bloom again this year. I wish it would do two like it has in the past, so I’ll give it some fertilizer and bone meal to help it along. Not bad for a bulb that was a gift several years ago, and has bloomed every year since.
I deadheaded the hydrangea, and it is starting to bloom with lovely shades of pink to lavendar to blue, all on the same bush and sometimes on the same flower.
So, much is blooming and more to come. My one little squash plant has a big flower, and I hope for more. The hostas are filled in and fully leafed out, and should have the tall spires of purple blooms soon. More day lilies will come into bloom too. I still plan to move some things around, and will get to that soon.
What’s going on in your garden?