Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Daylilies have started to bloom.

I also planted more Lily of the Valley pips this past weekend and they are already starting to sprout.  I don't know if they will flower, as it's a bit too warm for them I think.

Monday, May 26, 2014

All the wildflowers from the seeds I scattered are coming up now.  Every day I am surprised at what's blooming.


Creeping Daisy
Passionate Kisses



Painted Tricolor Daisy

Black Magic Petunia

First bloom on my second Angel trumpet.  It only put out one bloom.  This one got hit hard by frost and it lost almost all its foliage.  The grasshoppers also did a number on it last Summer, so it's still recuperating.

Salvia farinacea - Victoria Blue

Phlox - Phlox Lady Denim Blue

Cleome - Senorita Rosalita

Vinca - Cora Apricot

Zinnia - Magellan Pink

Hollyhocks - Indian Spring

Saturday, May 17, 2014

May 17, 2014

Salvia - for the Hummingbirds

More Freesia - 
They keep surprising me with all of their colors and where they are popping up from the bulbs I planted.

Penstemon - More for the Hummingbird buffet

Vinca - I picked this up yesterday.  
Thought it might look pretty throughout the summer.  


I spotted this yesterday - California Poppy (closed in the morning) - 
part of the wildflower seed collection.

Butterfly Bush.  No wonder they love it... it smells so good!  
This was so small last year but this year it has really sprouted up and is getting taller.

I didn't want to be as obsessed with Moon Flowers this year as I was last year, but then I planted more.  I can't help myself.

Bishop Flower - 
More surprise flowers from the wildflower seeds that keep coming up all over.

Rosemary - 
I don't know why rarely take photos of my Rosemary.  
I have so much of it growing around the house.

Hydrangea is looking fancy

My garden is always full of visitors.  
I think she may stay a while since it appears she has turned my rose bush into a nursery.

California Poppy starting to open.

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12, 2014

Stately Hollyhocks - Heirloom Indian Spring
Hollyhocks are a staple in every cottage garden. 

Bishop Flower.  This is part of the wild flower collection I planted.

I couldn't help myself.  I planted more Moon Flower.  I only put this in about a week ago and already the seedlings are starting to peek out of the soil.  These little guys were simply pressed into an already existing pot that has some Stock.  It's up against the fence of the side garden, so when they are big enough, I will train them to climb it.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 11, 2014

Cornflower (aka Bachelor's Button, Bluebottle, Boutonniere Flower, Basket Flower):  In folklore, men wore blue Cornflowers when they were in love... If the flower faded too quickly, it was said that the man's love was not returned.

More Freesia - I planted bulbs in various place around the house.  I love all the different colors.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 10, 2014

Hollyhocks early in the morning.  
This is their very first bloom since I grew them from seed.

And by afternoon... they have opened!  Stunning!

More progress on the Hydrangea on filling out those gorgeous flowers!

Garden Heliotrope (aka Valerian) and Cape Mallow

Snowball Hydrangea

Calla Lily

Yarrow - I think this one is called Moonshine

Butterfly Milkweed

Beautiful blue Columbine

Faded Calla blooms

Heirloom roses are just now blooming.

More Freesia... it's growing up all over now.

Beautiful Ketchup and Mustard Floribunda roses.