The garden is blooming still, get ready for a picture heavy post! We are fortunate to have a very long blooming season as the spring flowers fade and the summer beauties show their colors. Late June and early July is the time for the day lilies to shine. I still have several varieties, and will be pulling at least one more up this fall to give away. I’m just tired of them and need more shrubs and fewer bulbs. The ruffled edged two tones are all I have left now.
Out back looking up the mountain, I missed getting a photo of the mountain laurel and it is done now. The rhododendrons are taking their turn, covered in pure white blooms.
The veranda is looking lush and green. I moved this geranium to the front as it is getting big.
In the corner, these white petunias are certainly happy. These were bargain plants off the clearance rack that I got for 50 cents for a six-cell container. The dusty miller behind was also on the bargain rack, and these are the biggest ones. I planted a lot of them, but they appear to be happiest here.
In the birdcage, superbelles continue to bloom.
Lots of these little skinks live around the veranda. I often find them sunning themselves on the steps.
Just last week, I finally got a picture of the black-chinned hummingbird. He was here last year too. There is another one that has the ruby throat, but he is fast and I haven’t gotten him in a photo this year.
Speaking of visitors, this guy came by again. Still a small one, but growing.
Continuing our Christmas characters theme, we named our triplet turkeys Alvin, Simon and Theodore. They come by regularly for handouts. No, I cannot tell them apart, LOL!!!
Up on the feeder, business is brisk most days, with this little chickadee taking a turn.
A red bellied woodpecker is a regular guest.
The cardinals have a nest nearby, and visit every evening.
Goldfinches are abundant, wearing their summer colors.
This little Carolina wren has been building more nests in my hanging baskets and in one of the containers on the veranda. The little dickens makes a mess almost every day, and I have had to put spray can lids in those pots to discourage his building activities.
One rainy morning, the fog was so thick that the far ridge is almost completely obscured past the peak you can see in the middle. You can just make out a bit of it on the upper right corner of this picture.
But lovely rains bring even more blooms, as the hostas put on their annual summer show.
For those who follow me on Instagram, you saw the first bloom of the mystery plant there some days ago. It turned out to be a pink echinacea or coneflower. When it finally did bloom, I remembered having it last year.
Tomatoes grow fat on several plants.
The yellow tomato I planted is slow starting, and the Beefeater plants on either side already have fat tomatoes, just starting to ripen.
White petunias and pink calibrachoa spill out of a pot I have in the flowerbed to hold up a lattice accent. Dark pink and red dianthus surround my wedding topper garden art doves.
The hydrangeas were growing through the railing and spilling over the sidewalk, so DH wanted them cut back. I took the blue blooms for the Patriotic Tablescape.
Some of them had begun the shift to lavendar.
So those went into a vase on the kitchen counter.
Back out front, the penstemon is just getting started.
Across the veranda, torenias bloom profusely, giving the front of the house gorgeous color and attracting the hummingbirds.
It is lush and green on the veranda, lovely to sit out here in the early morning cool and have a cup of coffee.
What is blooming in your garden?