Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This Week in the Garden

After spending most of the day Saturday in the gardens cutting back, cleaning up a little and weeding {primarily the veg garden} a lot, I took a little stroll around the yard Sunday snapping some pics.

It's near the end of June.  Summer officially starts tomorrow, and my beds are still looking good!  I asked Hubby just the other day when was the last time the perennial garden looked this good.  Neither of us could even remember!

Gaillardia grandiflora "Fanfare", or Blanketflower grows quite prolifically in my garden.  And it self-seeds all over the place!  So much so that early in the season I yank out a lot when weeding and still get tons of plants popping up.  I don't mind this pretty flower's little invasions.  Isn't it so unique with it's trumpet-like petals?  Hence, the "Fanfare" name.

The Butterfly Flower is in full bloom; although, I haven't noticed any butterflies flitting around it yet.  Those white plumey flowers mixed in is Gooseneck Losestrife {Lysimachia Clethorides}.  I used to have a ton of this flower all over.  It's terribly invasive, and I tore most of it out a few years back, but I let some of it grow here and there keeping a very vigilant eye on it to make sure it doesn't take over the garden again.

Just love the firey orange color of this plant.

Over by the shed, the Lavender I replanted from the herb garden is flourishing.  I even cut a bunch to bring in the house.  

The bumblebees were absolutely feasting on the flower's pollen while I was taking pics.  They were darting around so quickly, I couldn't get a good shot of them.

Below, Calibrachoa - Callie Orange, or Million Bells, is one of my favorite annuals.  They bloom and bloom without the need for much deadheading.  This discarded chair makes a cute plant stand on the little porch of the shed.  Mmmm, looks like the railing is need of a bit of fresh paint.  Add it to the list!

We don't have much shade any where around our yard.  The few trees we have are still growing and maturing. Our neighborhood was erected around 25 years ago in what was once a wheat field.  The only area I can work with in terms of shade loving plants is a little section on the north side of the deck that measures about 2 feet by 5 feet.

I have a couple varieties of Astilbe growing there.  As you can see, the pink is little past it's blooming prime.

The red Astilbe is still looking good.  I especially like this variety.  Mainly because red is my favorite color, and I like the darker, glossy leaves.

The little bed above is an area right behind the garage.  It gets shady there by about noon, or else I probably wouldn't be able to grow those Hostas as large as they are.  

This native, perennial sunflower called Helianthus hirsutus, seems to like this spot of partial shade.  I purchased this plant years and years ago at a fundraising native plant sale at a local nature center.  

It makes great, long-lasting cut flowers to bring inside.

The Morning Glories that self-seed here every year are beginning their ascent up the fence and trellis pole.  I planted seeds here many years ago, and have never had to plant again.  What a bargain!

By the end of the summer, this little piece of fence will be heavy with Morning Glory vines.

Next to that little fence, right by the back garage door, is the mate to the shed porch chair.  This one's been prepared to permanently house a plant by having a hole cut to accommodate a pot.

Another favorite annual, Sweet Potato vine.  I love this limey green color, especially mixed with purple Petunias - another favorite.  Let's see now, that's 3 favorites.  Can they all be my favorite, or do I have to pick just one?!

I wanted to share this annual I have potted up on the deck.  Doesn't it have the most beautiful flower?  I love that dark purple center, fuchsia petal with the lime green edge.  I didn't save the tag, so I'm not entirely sure what it is.  I think it's in the Calibrachoa {Million Bells} family.

Out in the vege garden, there are a few things blooming and some actual veges growing.  This plant is going to be a surprise.  Obviously it's a melon or gourd of some kind.  It most likely stared from seeds from the compost I added to the garden at the beginning of the season. 
There are two of them, and I'm going to let them go and see what I get!

Not exactly a bloom, but just as pretty, a few purple sweet bell peppers are just about ready to pick.

Another thing of beauty for me, teeny tiny tomatoes.  Around these parts, if you have ripe tomatoes by July 4th, you've earned bragging rights as an accomplished gardener! LOL

As you can see below, I always have to add a few flowers to my vege garden.  This year in an effort to keep the new pup, Xena, from traipsing through the garden, I've added a few barriers.

 One being that old, rusty, beat-up wheel barrow.  I just can't get myself to taking it to the curb.  I love junk in the garden, and this is about the junkiest thing I have!  I'm envisioning those flowers to completely fill in and be spilling out.

You can also see temporary fencing on both long sides of the garden to keep the dog out.  It seems to be working, and I like the way it looks too.

We have a a few near 100 degree days coming up later this week, so we'll have to see how the garden's fare during this upcoming little heat wave.  Guess I better start hydrating all these plants over the next day or two.

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your garden is looking beautiful, Carla! Love seeing plants I know and even ones I didn't. Love the chairs with their pots. I love the sweet potato vine with the purple petunias, too. Such a pretty color combo.

Becca's Dirt said...

Such a great post Carla. You have so much going on there. Your yard and gardens are so pretty and full. I'll take those bell peppers. LOL Cute chairs with pretty blooms in the post. You have some nice garden art pieces and I love the wheelbarrow.

Bonnie said...

Love your gardens!

marie said...

I love your gardens Carla...I visit them often and dream what mine might look like soemday. Love all the inspiration!

Tracy said...

Hi Carla - Thanks for stopping by my blog. So glad you did because now I have discovered yours. Your gardens are fabulous - looking forward to following!

Kerin said...


I must admit.. I'm a little green with envy :)
Our gardens are not anywhere near that mature yet!

As always.... I love the charming little touches that you add to your gardens... esp. that wheelbarrow!!


Deb said...

Carla, your garden is magnificent!! There's just too much beauty to comment on everything! But I love it all! Love the blanket flower, orange butterfly (!!) and I know what you mean by the invasive gooseneck!! But it does look pretty mingled with the orange. I planted million bells for the first time this year...one pot is doing great, the other stopped blooming. Maybe it will begin again. Everything in your garden is just lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us.

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

These flowers are beautiful.

Judy ~ Through My Garden Window said...

I tried to find a favorite in all of your photos, but couldn't! Everything is so pretty and blooming to beat the band! This year's weather has been so strange that I think our gardens are confused. Thank you for sharing your beautiful gardens with us.

Di said...

So many flowers to love in your garden! Those petunia's with the lime green edging are delightful! The chairs and pots, the purple plumes mixed with the orange butterfly bush. Your garden was so much fun to explore! And I like the fence propped against the house, lots of inspiration here.

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Your butterfly weed looks fabulous! I planted blanketflower years ago but it didn't come back well. Looks like yours are thriving beautifully! Loosestrife has such a great look to it I love how it drapes ever so lightly!
I grew that supertunia last year and it's called "Pretty Much Picasso"
Your astilbe looks great! I agree I like the deeper toned leaves the best too!

Darla said...

I love,love your gardens....everything.....I like the rustic look of the chippy paint on the railing on the shed...I also have four old wheelbarrow planters sitting around..

Fishtail Cottage said...

you are so right, your garden looks amazing! thanks so much for linking up to this weeks garden party! love it! (finally just got my own post up) lol i'm not a huge fan of orange in my garden, but may have to be on the lookout for the butterfly shrub you mentioned...it's gorgeous! xoox, tracie

Deidre said...

BEAUTIFUL pics! Your garden is so colorful and thriving!Love everything about it BUT I have Pepper envy! :)) lol Beautiful! Deidre~

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