Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mini Me


I was lucky enough to get Miranda to wear one of my old dresses the other day.  I told Justin to grab the camera, because it might not happen again!  And as my brother in law said the other day, "She's as cute as a button!"

The Butterfly Garden

Just a quick post of pictures from a week ago.  

My first attempt at a small succulent garden!  Hen and chicks and a couple of others I don't know.  So cute!

I think I picked up this Agastache "Black Adder" last year from Santa Rosa Gardens.  Agastache is known more commonly as Anise Hyssop, because it has a scent of licorice (you know, anise.)  It's a US native and supposedly drought tolerant.  So far "Black Adder" has done well with heat and drought, unlike my experience with Agastache foeniculum (at least, I believe that was the one I had.)  It was very droopy in hot, dry weather, so "Black Adder" is an improvement in my garden.  It grows only to 2-3 feet tall and slightly less wide.

The Knockout Rose has made gardening with roses in the Deep South a lot more fun.  No, most of them don't have a scent, but I can live with that because of its black spot resistance.  They've performed consistently well for my Zone 7B garden.

I just can't praise the Almighty Echinacea enough!  This is Echinacea purpurea "White Swan."  I love the daisy like flowers more than I can say.  They are pleasing during the day and night!  They're doing so well (and are soooo easy!) that I can't understand how I managed to plant Evan's Animal Garden without them!  So, I will definitely be adding some in sometime this year.  Because Evan's Garden is across the creek from the house, it's nice to have colors that will pop.  That way I can enjoy them even when it's too hot to go out.  "White Swans" grow to about 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

"White Swan" is an old garden favorite.  "Kim's Knee High" is a newer edition.  It is also Echinacea purpurea.  But it's a bit smaller than the Purple Coneflower.  She can fit in nicely near the front of the border at 1-2 feet tall and wide.

I moved a lot of things around last year to make a nice, twisty garden path in my Butterfly Garden.  I was clever enough to place a few Lavenders along the path, so that I would brush up against them and smell that Heavenly scent!  They bloomed like crazy recently and the bees were very, very happy.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Justin got me some of those Topsy Turvy planter thingies for Mother's Day this year.  I planted some tomatoes and basil and hung them up the other day.  I decided to use some Miracle Gro Moisture Control soil.  I didn't realize until days later that the packaging says don't use the MC garden soil in containers.  Anyone have any idea why?  I don't plan on removing it, unless it has harmful ingredients (the label looked like all normal stuff to me!)  I'll read the directions beforehand next time!

After some early heat this year, May turned out to be a pretty lovely month!  Plants are blooming all over the place.  I'm afraid with all of these summer things blooming now, that we won't have anything in bloom in June or July.

The Daylilies are clearly enjoying the weather.  They've been blooming their little hearts out for weeks.  The above Daylily is "Paper Butterfly."  It has HUGE blooms!  The plant is probably no more than 12-18" tall, but a good spreader.  And they have some random re-bloom throughout the season.  One of my favorites!

This is one of the white Hydrangeas I got at Easter a year or two ago.  Last year one was slightly blue and the other slightly pink.  But this year they are both white.  Big, beautiful blooms.  I accidentally cut the plant back to several inches above the ground in late winter.  I do this with my H. aborescens, and got pruning happy.  Not sure what the species is of this Hydrangea, but the pruning didn't seem to bother it.

One of the Drift Roses I picked up last year.  This one has coral blooms.  Very pretty.  It hasn't gotten as big as my pink ones in the front yard, but it was purchased later AND gets less sun.  We'll see how she'll take off this year.

The "standard" Echinaceas always impress.  The newer cultivars aren't always as tough or as long lasting. This is Echinacea purpurea "White Swan."  I love the daisy like flowers.  Love them!  Tough, heat and drought tolerant, pretty flowers...what's not to love!  I know some folks have issues with reseeding, but that has not been a problem for me at all.

Another beautiful daylily!  I bought this one last year during a mid Summer sale.  I wanted some more red in the garden.  Unfortunately, I don't know the cultivar name.  The plant is probably around 18-24" tall, with the flower stalks going taller.  I love having some taller Daylilies to give more height to my sometimes one dimension garden.

Some pretty yellow Daylilies that border the Veg garden and lawn.  I don't know the name of these, either.

The Veggie Garden!  Or part of it!  Here are potatoes and onions.  And the spot where the whole pack of carrot seeds failed.  The green business to the right is the peas and lettuce that I just pulled up last week.  I plan to put in green snap beans for the summer.

And last but not least, we have Stokesia laevis.  Small plants with pretty lavender/blue flower stalks.  Native to the Southeast US.  It seems to do fairly well with the heat, but does get a bit droopy with high temps and dry weather.  Not so bad that I've lost one, though.