There is a lot going on in the the garden this week, so get ready for a picture heavy post. The flowering season continues and some planting got done, too. I finally got back to finishing off the planting for the veranda pots this week. The impatiens were on sale at the hardware store, and I have been waiting for those to fill the pots in the little side tables. The tops are tile mosaics, so they need pots in the bottom to keep them from toppling over.
At the bargain rack last month I found this ‘drop in’ plant mix. The idea is to drop this inside a decorative planter, but I planned to break it up and use the plants in several planters. There were petunias, calebrachoa and verbena. It also appears to have a spike dracaena but that wasn’t listed on the label.
Easing the pot off the plants, the roots have grown together. When I pull them apart, a few roots will be lost, but that won’t hurt the plants. I separated all the plants and put them into other planters.
There were two nice size pink petunias, and I put those in the oblong planter. They need full sun, so I put that planter on the brick planter box in front, just to give that area a bit of color.
The vegetable garden is in the brick planter this year, and doing well.
On the other end of the brick box, the pot of pansies is filling in well.
Oliver came by for a tidbit, I know you like to check up on him. There was some speculation that this might be a pregnant Olivia, but I think he is just well fed. It is past the time when the young are usually born.
Charlie was here too. He (she?) eats his treat in the grass near the hosta bed. He is a lot skinnier than Oliver.
In the front flowerbed, my pink
delphiniums snapdragons are getting tall and starting to bloom.
The white irises are still putting out gorgeous blooms.
The burgundy irises are starting their show.
And the lavendar ones are coming out too.
I put my love birds yard art I made from our wedding cake topper in the dusty miller.
I got two polemonium plants at the Bullington Gardens plant sale, and they went into the front bed near the dusty miller. These are also called Jacob’s Ladder plants. They need part sun to full shade, so I hope it isn’t too sunny for them there.
This little guy was here, and I hope he doesn’t eat my new plants! He is little, and so cute.
The lady slippers are getting larger and taller, and I am still enchanted with them.
The dianthus pinks are blooming now.
On the veranda, this geranium is now three years old, and happy. I need to cut it back as it is getting a bit leggy. I’ll try to get the cuttings to root, then I’ll have more of them.
I got three toad lilies from Bullington too, and put them into pots as they need full shade. They will get about 3 feet tall, and put out lovely white flowers with pink spots that resemble orchids. We’ll see!
The violas are blooming nicely on the table.
Amazingly, the bleeding heart keeps putting out blooms. I need to figure out how to harvest these seeds so I can have a couple more of these shade lovers.
The bleeding heart is in the top pot of a three level iron stand with a geranium and violas in the second level, and deep purple pansies in the bottom pot.
This pretty plant is a Heartleaf Brunnera, another shade loving plant with beautiful lacy fronds of delicate blue flowers. This was also a purchase from Bullington.
So, the veranda is filling up with masses of color and verdant green. I actually do still have a few empty pots, and I plan to put some seeds in them, or maybe propagate another geranium.
Something exciting may be happening inside too. I think my orchid is preparing to bloom again! What is happening in your garden?