Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Few Blooms

I'm a day late for Jean's Bloomin' Tuesday this week, but I did have just a few plants I wanted to share.

The Sweet Potato vine is doing well in this pot along with that favorite Coleus of mine, so much so it's showing off a pretty little bloom.  

The plant below, whose name I cannot remember, is what I like to call a "warrior".  I purchased one of these plants years and years ago at K-Mart.  I'm pretty sure it was sold as an annual, and I probably had it in a pot on the deck.  Well, over the past few years, seeds that dropped down by the pond garden produced this plant ~ obviously a tender perennial here ~ and this year it has grown to be quite large.  The foliage's color is my favorite green in the garden, and the sweet tiny blossoms resemble little daisies. 

While I was photographing this flower, I spied that little guy down there.  See him?  A teeny, tiny Praying Mantis.  It's amazing how small they start out once they've hatched and how big they grow to be.

Now, I realize the next few shots are not blooms, but they're just as exciting to me!  
They're on their way.  Around here, there's a saying that if you have ripe tomatoes by the 4th of July, then "you done good".  Maybe if I purchased huge plants, or started them super early under lights, etc., I could achieve that, but I usually just plant my regular-sized purchased plants around Mother's Day (the safe start of planting date in our area) and wait.  But seeing these little guys is a good sign we'll be enjoying them soon.

The Red Chilies are showing off too.

Love this flower ~ Butterfly Flower.  Haven't had too many butterflies flitting around this flower just yet, but the bumble bees have been feasting on it's nectar.

 And to prove that gardening is genetic ;o), here's a few shots of my Mother's garden.  My Dad sent these shots to me the other day.  He was showing off her gorgeous Yucca.  My Mother loves tinkering around out in her garden that totally encompasses their small backyard ~ the backyard where me and my brothers used play as kids.  

I hope when I'm in my mid to late 70's I can still muster up the energy to enjoy and keep our gardens as beautiful and manicured as my parents.

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Everything looks great, Carla! The humidity we had last week took a toll on some of my annuals, but they look like they have bounced back. I have a yucca in the front of my house and its blooms have just popped recently, too. My Dad is always out in his yard and he is 74! I don't know how he keeps it up. My back goes just from pulling a few weeds now!

Kerin said...

Everything looks gorgeous! The plant that you are un-sure of looks to me like it could be chamomile.
I am so jealous of your tomatoes! We have yet to even plant anything in the grow boxes. It has been so cold and drizzly here. We must get it done soon!
Have a great week..... hope that you get to do something fun!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, what gorgeous gardens. So green and lush. We are drying up here.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Very pretty Carla. My tomatoes are not that far along as yours and I still haven't planted any peppers yet. I need to get busy this weekend. Your parents garden is so nice!

Jean said...

You'll be eating those tomatoes before you know it! I've never seen a bloom on the Sweet Potatoe Vine. It's lovely. The little daisies look like feverfew to me. They spread like crazy! Jean

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Love all the photos Carla! Is that an english daisy? not sure but it is so sweet, and to have it come back...what a treat! We've got tomatoes but beautiful!

shannon i olson said...

everything looks beautiful!

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