This past weekend a cool front came through, lowered the humidity and made Sunday a perfect day for gardening. I had weeds to pull, and some other tasks, so I got busy. Get ready for a picture heavy post, there is a lot to see in the garden today. Late June sees more flowering plants showing their beauty, beginning with the hostas around the large oak in the front of the house.
Aren’t these flowers pretty? The variegated purple and white is so interesting close up.
Hosta volunteers are appearing along the driveway too.
In the flower bed, the gladiolas are blooming, tall spires of apricot color flowers.
The rain last weekend beat them over a bit, so I cut them and brought them inside for a vase. Gladiolas will continue to open up after being cut, so they make wonderful vase flowers for the kitchen.
Up on the veranda, I hit the clearance rack at the local big box garden center and came home with more small plants to fill up the remaining pots.
I replaced the dead white poinsettia with a variegated coleus, planted more begonias and impatiens, and arranged a few more pots near the front door.
Looking from the other side, I have groupings of pots with all kinds of colors. The torenias are now trailing down to the railing, and I am considering entering one in the State Fair gardening competition. I still want to find some metal plant racks to add some varying heights to the groups. On the lower right, you can see the amaryllis set where the remaining leaves can soak up the sun over the summer for another bloom next year. I am debating repotting it.
I found a red salvia for the white ceramic vase, now a pot. The yellow celosias on the left have been disappointing, they haven’t gotten any bigger.
The corner that gets a lot of sun now has a full complement of colors and sizes. The yellow daisies were deadheaded and are now blooming again. A red geranium gives a pop of bright color. The purple flowers in the lower left pot are calibrachoas, a flower I had never heard of before, but on sale so gave it a try. We’ll see how it grows. Pink petunias in the middle, and on the right is a lettuce crop coming up from the second planting of seeds.
Small ceramic decorative pots have pink impatiens and begonias, set on the table as a centerpiece.
Back out in the flower bed, I got the weeding done, and decided to dig up the first clump of day lilies. In that spot I put a new-to-me perennial called a penstemon. I had to keep the insert from the pot to remember what it was, LOL!! It is supposed to bloom all summer and get 15-18 inches tall.
Then in the middle of the iris bed, I put a perennial lollipop verbena, to give some color there after the iris is done.
This group of day lilies went into pots, and will be given to friends. This started as one plant a few years ago and has prolifically propagated itself.
While I was digging up weeds and day lilies, I found this little volunteer snapdragon. So I moved it to the front of the bed since its color was so pretty.
Speaking of snap dragons, the bargain plants I got last year for a quarter are putting on another wave of blooms. Another basil plant is doing well, good thing as I have an heirloom tomato and some mozzarella for a caprese salad.
The dianthus pinks should be done by now, but they are blooming again too.
Long view of the front bed after the glads were cut, day lilies dug and all the weeds were pulled, there are still some bare spots to fill in. My tomato plants are doing well, growing larger this year and flowering, but no tomatoes yet.
The tomatoes in the large pot are growing and flowering now too.
The hydrangeas continue to bloom in three colors on one plant. I’d like more purple and pink blooms so I added some lime to the top soil.
I am hoping for a few really pretty pink blooms to add to my table centerpiece. I’m having a few friends over for lunch, and I’ll show you that tablescape soon.
Petunias in the pots are going well too, the white is lovely.
Lastly, out back the rhododendrons are blooming now. The blooms are sparse due to the lack of sun the plants get being under the canopy of tall trees.
The flowers are pretty though, the bush on the left has white flowers with a blush of pink on the buds.
The bush on the right is pure white, both buds and blooms.
I did get a clematis, and got it planted. It is light pink one. I really waited too late for a good selection at the garden center.
I have given up on getting any strawberries, and converted this pot to one with pretty yellow calibrachoa and some flat leaf parsley.
One last flower to share, I planted a lovely purple phlox just Wednesday.
There will be more to do soon, I want to move the irises from the upper planter box to the bed below, dig up the rest of the day lilies in the planter to move somewhere else, and add more perennials to the front bed. Of course, there will be more weeds to pull soon too. But the wonderful thing about living here is the mild climate that makes flowers easy to grow, both wild and cultivated. I didn’t show you the honeysuckle that is taking over the side yard, or the peaches that are ripening still. I haven’t seen the bears lately, so maybe I will get some of the peaches, but they are not ready to harvest yet. Speaking of critters, there has been a fair amount of wildlife here lately, and I’ll show you the recent visitors on Sunday.
What’s blooming in your garden?