Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I thought it was noteworthy to take a photo of the Moonflower.  In just one day it's attached itself to the new trellis.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Went outside and took some photos this evening:

The Anise-Hyssop is blooming.

This is a Salvia in Vista Red that I picked up this weekend.


The baby Moonflower planted by the fence is starting to stretch up towards the sun.  It is a bit more shaded here so it's growing somewhat slower then some of the others, I think.


The container Moonflower is also stretching up to the sun, and fast!


And lastly here is some Echinacea in Pow Wow Wild Berry that I picked up this weekend as well.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Friday afternoon I stopped at the garden center to pick up a bigger container and also a trellis for one of the Moonflowers.  I can't believe how fast this vine is growing.  How do they know to climb toward the trellis??  In just a few days, it's already heading that way and fast.  This makes me think that I should probably get a trellis for the two that are wrapping around the side of the front porch step.  I love watching their progress.


Then, Saturday morning, I woke up at 5 am.  I don't usually get up quite this early, but since I could the see the sun was starting to come up, I decided to get to work.  The roses, having gone through their second bloom, needed deadheadding and to be fed.  The side garden also needed clean up.  It seems I just can't be satisfied with the side garden.  It always seems to get messy and I'm constantly moving things around.  I think this is mostly due to my lack of space.  I'm constantly having to deal with rearranging to make things fit.

My Chamomile flowers were ready to be harvested, so I removed some to dry and make tea.  They look so pretty, so I kept some on the plant.  This is the problem I have with many of my herbs.  They look too pretty so I end up not cutting them back and they go to seed.  This is exactly what happened with my Cilantro and Dill.  As you can see from the photo, they are huge and full of flowers.  They were just small when I got them.  Not much I can do about this now.  The bees have made a buffet out of the flowers.





In the side garden I also noticed my Peppermint that I planted in the ground is making lovely purple flowers.  More options for the bee buffet.


Here are some other photos I took this weekend.

Hydrangea


Iceberg

Passionate Kisses

Sugar Moon


Iceberg

Catnip

Yarrow

Salvia - Vista Red -- Picked this up at Armstrong this weekend

Echinacea - PowWow Wild Berry - Got this this weekend as well.
 

Lastly, another one of the Moonflowers I planted in the ground.




Friday afternoon I ventured off to Descanso.  It was the height of the afternoon, so I had a lot of harsh light to work with.  I took a walk through the rose garden, up the hill and into the native garden.  I continued to hike up the hill and through the Camilla and Oak trees where it was shaded and quiet.  The one thing I truly enjoy about Descanso is that there are trails to go on without many people if you know where to find them.  I also enjoy the many trees which provide great relief from the hot afternoon sun.  It was the perfect spot to get away.















Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Its another lovely evening and the neighborhood seems more quiet then its usual hustle and bustle. There is a Waxing Gibbous moon above me, and I'm sipping a cup of Chamomile tea (store bought for now, but soon I'll be able to harvest some Chamomile flowers from my own garden.) The weather is perfect and I can hear the soft chirp of crickets.  The flowers are always so fragrant in the evening, and I'm taking in all their essence and appreciating their beauty on this wonderful night.




My Chamomile is continuing to bloom.  It's so pretty.  I'm very excited.  I can't wait to make tea!


Sunday, June 16, 2013

This is one of the moon flowers that I grew from seed.  It's in a little container right now but it is growing fast.  I've temporarily given it a stake, as I caught it trying to latch onto my Snapdragons.  I think my next project is going to be to take this guy and put him in a larger container with a trellis.  I want to see how this does in a container in addition to the few I have in the ground.


This weekend my project was to refresh the window box and to replace the two hanging baskets on the front porch.  In the window box I chose a combination of Penstemon in Phoenix Violet and Phoenix Appleblossom, Salvia in Victoria Blue, and Yarrow in Paprika.  It looks so pretty in front of the window which is the view from my desk as I type this.  I love the tall plants right in front of the window.  In the background I can see the Sheila's Perfume in hues of pink and yellow.  The view blends nicely into the hanging baskets for which I chose Lantana in Lucky Red Flame.  I'm hoping it will attract the hummingbirds, as there's a feeder directly next to one of the baskets.  I've seen a few hummers this year, but I'm still waiting for the rest to show up.  Last year we had many and I'm hoping for the same this year.





Friday, June 14, 2013

Night Garden

As I type this I'm sitting on the front porch looking at a waxing crescent moon, drinking a glass of wine and enjoying the evening garden. I can smell the tangled aroma of herbs and roses and my senses are heightened. The garden takes on a whole new demenor after the sun sets, and it is equally enchanting.  There are new creatures coming to visit; moths spiders and other night dwelling insects. It is so beautiful, and I feel at peace surrounded by the flowers and plants I have been caring for. I get a sense of great pleasure and satisfaction, and a feeling of contentment and inner peace.