Lots of activity this past week in the garden, get ready for a long and picture heavy post to enjoy! I will be resting today after a busy week last week, and getting ready for a crazy busy week ahead. I hope you enjoy the prolific blooms around our place, starting with the tulips. Almost all the bulbs bloomed this year, then a hard rainstorm beat the petals all off about three days later. But they sure were pretty while they lasted.
Out back on the mountainside, wild yellow daisies bloomed with bright color against the green leaves and ground covers. Amazingly, two irises bloomed out there too, how those got there I’ll never know.
The redbud was gorgeous near the pure white dogwood.
Azaleas came out beautifully this year. From pure white to deep pink, we have a lot of colors.
They bloom all along the drive up to the house. I like this pink color the best of the pinks.
But my favorite is the white, this year with no frost damage. The creamy white flowers were covered with bumble bees visiting flower to flower.
Across the meadow, the ajugas created a carpet of purple.
In the front flowerbed, I was surprised to see the calibrachoa had survived from last year, and was blooming like crazy.
The iris beds just keep getting better and better, with more and more of those gorgeous blooms.
I adore these, and cannot stop taking pictures of them.
Another shot of the purple and white ones I love. I’m thinking this photo might be the photography entry in the flower competition category this year.
The white ones started blooming too. Sometimes I get two blooming cycles from these. Last year, they bloomed in September just in time for me to enter a bloom in the gardening competition at the fair and win a second place ribbon.
Up at the feeder, a new visitor! This is the first indigo bunting I’ve seen here. He didn’t stay long, and I hope he comes back. This was the best pic I could get as I was trying to hurry before he flew off.
The goldfinches are wearing their breeding plumage, the bright yellow is so pretty.
Our cardinal pair is back too. I did see the male feeding choice bits to the female again.
On the veranda, it was looking a bit bleak with all the empty pots. So a trip to the garden center was in order. DH spotted a hummingbird that was looking for the annual torenia baskets, so we had to get busy.
He moved my potting bench up to the sidewalk, and I set out some plants to work with. The torenias were a bit more expensive this year, so I only got two for each of the hanging baskets instead of the usual three.
They will grow nicely, and have a good start.
Stopping by the bargain rack at the big box store, I found lots of dusty miller and petunias for less than half price – six plants for a dollar! Yes, they were a bit bedraggled, but nothing that a little trim and good watering couldn’t cure. You can see the prolific azaleas in the background here.
I added soil to the spike dracanea to cover the exposed roots from its growth last year, and put a dusty miller with it to take up the extra space in the pot. That might be a geranium in the lower left, will have to see if it grows.
In the iron birdcage, I put a super belle in the yellow and white stripe I like.
These geraniums survived the winter in the Carolina room. The bloom picks up the color in my summer pillows for the bench.
Gorgeous isn’t it? I was delighted for it to bloom so well this early.
A lobelia is placed the green ceramic pot to sit on the little wooden wheel cart.
After moving the surviving tomatoes closer to my grow light, they really looked a lot better. I hardened them off for three nights before putting them in the garden bed.
Impatiens were on sale too, so I got four plants for each of the tile table pots. They came in a mix of pink and white.
Things are starting to look a bit more like spring now.
I gave the parsley a trim.
The coffee cup planter got oregano and a little more parsley. I put some petunias in the lower openings on the planter on the right. The little pot has a basil plant for now.
Grouping the birdcage with the little cart next to the front door will give a nice display as seen from inside the house. I moved the African violet outside, and in the lower part of the cart is my Thanksgiving cactus. I ignore it all summer, so this is a good spot for it.
I made groupings of planters in odd numbers around the veranda. There is mint in the pot on the right. I discovered the mojito recently (made with rum and mint), so I wanted to have a bit of mint available in a space that would be controllable. Mint will take over a planting bed, so a container is the best way to have it.
All total I had five geraniums that survived the winter for the first time. The pot on the tall stand has a calibrachoa that also survived the winter. I gave it a trim. Yellow torenias are in the oblong planter.
So the veranda now is set for spring, ready for visitors to sit and enjoy. On the right, my two amaryllis bulbs will soak up the sun for a couple of months to recharge the bulbs for next year’s flowers. I hung my Spring Wreath out, too. We just need to clean the pollen off the flooring when it is done coming out of the trees, and clean up the table so we can have some al fresco meals.
What’s blooming in your garden? Are you planting pots now?