I walked through the garden this morning to see if I could find any new blooms. There wasn't too much that was new, but the buds on quite a few plants are really close. My "lazy gardener" dahlias have buds on them already. I also noticed that quite a few of the dahlias I planted last year have come up too. I just planted some cheap ones from Costco because I knew I wouldn't be digging them up. I'll be interested to see which ones came back because I saved all the information for them to remind me which one is which.
It was surprisingly mild outside already. The weather is perfect for gardening, if I have time today.
Clematis 'Ville de Lyon's' flowers seem to be getting larger. It has a lot more buds to open still.
Cupid's Dart (catananche caerulea) is beautiful in a full sun area. This blue flower is really trouble free and blooms until fall. It really doesn't need much water. It lives in the driveway garden, where you have to be tough to survive.
Penstemon 'Sweet Joanne' is starting to get going, she also lives in the driveway garden.
I showed the first bloom of this Coreopsis several days ago. I had just moved this to it's new spot in the hot driveway garden early this spring. It looks the best it's ever looked and has really helped to brighten up the area.
Another of the tiny Oriental Lilies. I noticed the littlest gardener's nose was yellow yesterday while we were out, so I knew which plant she'd been smelling!
Another of the low growing blue Veronica. I seem to have several different varieties, none of which I can find tags for. This one is pretty compact compared to the others.
Some of the hostas have started blooming. I couldn't get too close since this is at the edge of the pond and I didn't want to risk balancing with my new camera. I've said before I know falling into the pond one day is going to happen. I've lost my balance too many times and almost gone in, and I don't want to be holding anything important when it happens.
Astillbes are covered in buds just about to open. As I knelt down to get a little closer a neighbor cat that must've been napping under all of the leaves jumped out and surprised me. Nothing like getting your heart beating really fast first thing in the morning, maybe I don't need the coffee now!
This Red-breasted Sapsucker was visiting the apple tree. I ran to get my camera and he had hopped in the bird bath by the time I got back. There must've been another one in the yard calling to him. I read that their calls sound like a cat meowing, and that pretty much describes the strange call it made.
Here it is when it noticed the calls. Maybe it's partner was warning it that I was getting too close.
I read in Garden Gate magazine last night that summer is the perfect time to divide a lot of plants. I was surprised to read Oriental Poppies on that list. I know they don't like to be moved. I've been wanting to move mine, but was afraid to. If this is correct not only will I be able to move it, but I'll have two to move. What plants do you feel comfortable moving in the summer?
Gosh, I'm pretty "hands off" in the summer as far as transplanting/dividing... but if any plant can handle it, poppies can. I just discovered some extraordinary red frilly poppies blooming in the middle of a clear-cut hillside where I walk my dog - amazing!! You Coreopsis is just lovely. Thanks for sharing! BonnieReplyDelete
You've got some fantastic photos here Catherine - beautiful colours too, I love that coreopsis!ReplyDelete
I don't take much notice of the season when I shift stuff! I just dig 'em up, stick them in a hole in their new place and tell them to "grow well little plant" - it works for me, very little ever dies no matter when I move them!
I love the Hosta patch. The highlight for me today is the Cupid's Dart. But everything else is also superb.ReplyDelete
WOW... FABULOUS FLOWER display this morning in your garden. THANK YOU for sharing. YOUR images are amazing - what camera are you using?ReplyDelete
Stay cool - it is 91* F in the BGgarden today. HOT HOT HOT!
I love your Clematis. That bloom is huge and so pretty. Everything is so colorful and healthy. I don't think I've ever moved plants in the summer. The plants might survive but I'm afraid I would not in Ga's heat!ReplyDelete
I can't wait to see the dahlia's! I lo9ve them, they are one of my favorites. I love the bird splashing around, great timing! Beautiful shots as alwaysReplyDelete
Hi Catherine~~ Aren't we lucky to live here in the PNW??!! The weather is so beautiful.ReplyDelete
Every last one of my dahlias survived the winter. In fact, they've survived for several years. We're lucky that the ground doesn't freeze for an extended length of time which would do them in. Supposedly for us the challenge is keeping them from rotting by making sure they're in well draining soil. Well my soil gets pretty nasty in the winter so... just lucky I guess. I've bought the cheap four-inch dahlia plants in the "annuals" section. Even those have wintered just fine.
Love 'Ville de Lyon' blossoms. Absolutely fabulous aren't they?
At first I thought your Cupid's Dart was Chicory, you know the weed that grows on the side of the highway... not to put it down. Some weeds are beautiful. I've got Cupid's Dart too and it still has more buds than blooms. Your photo is gorgeous.
I think I saw 'Sweet Joanne' in the High Country Gardens catalog. The description sounded enticing and it looks like it's living up to it.
Your coreopsis photo is really well done. The depth of field and the dark green background really set off the blooms.
We've got the venerable sap sucker around here too. They will fly to the telephone pole, peck on something metal up there which sounds like, what? I don't know...a beak hitting a tin can maybe. LOL Then the call. Then both will fly to our largest Sweet Gum tree. There must be some tasty bugs up there.
Great post, as usual, Catherine.
Lovely photos especially the veronica and the light on the hosta, but the bird action pictures are good too.ReplyDelete
So many healthy beautiful plants just blooming their heads off.ReplyDelete
Cupid's Dart is a new one to me. Looks great.
Hi Catherine, Your garden is looking most stunning-all of it. Even the cute little sapsucker. I think he posed on purpose and enjoyed the snapshot. I don't hesitate to divide all plants anytime they need it, but then I must be prepared to do the watering until they get reestablished. Not fun, but sometimes necessary.ReplyDelete
Very nice post. I love the veronica you have growing its a very lovely plant.ReplyDelete
I do most of my dividing in the spring although I have moved whole plants in the summer before. I would not attempt to divide the poppy though if it is in flower. Cupid's Dart has just opened up here today :)ReplyDelete
I don't really move my plants in the summer. I'm more of a spring/fall girl myself. I'm sure in your area it probably is a good time.ReplyDelete
Love those photos Catherine. The bird in the bath is cute.
Beautiful plants and beautiful photos. Thank you.ReplyDelete
It's all so very beautiful! I have enough hardy stuff in my garden that I end up dividing off and on all summer. I just can't help it - hosta, mum, astillbe, and coralbells all seem to survive...I'm waiting now on lilies and coneflowers to bloom. It's been very hot lately. I used rain from the rain barrels to water last night.ReplyDelete
I'm a chicken about dividing but it makes sense about the poppies, since they do their thing and then die back. Love the sapsucker and I need to add some of your "driveway garden" plants to get some new colors in my parking strip. Tough plants, have to love those!ReplyDelete
What beautiful photographs! What kind of camera do you use? Forgive me if I have already asked you that.ReplyDelete
Thank you for visiting! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that divides during the summer too. I'm going to wait til the Oriental poppy is finished blooming then try dividing it.ReplyDelete
The camera I've been using is Canon Powershot SX10 IS. I've learned a trick from Chuck b at My Back 40 (feet) and that's to use the foliage setting and what a difference that makes. The color really shows up.
Wow, your new camera takes amazing pictures! I love the sapsucker taking a bath!ReplyDelete
Catherine, Cupid's Dart..what a beautiful bloom..don't have that one, yet..lol. Garden Gate is one of my favorite magazines, too! I've had luck moving my poppies but I usually do it early spring with new growth is just showing. Good luck with yours.ReplyDelete
Your pictures are gorgeous. Love the perspective of your pictures.ReplyDelete
Oh wow Catherine. Your pictures are beautiful. I love to see your combinations and colors. Glad you have had good weather too, send some our way!ReplyDelete
I love your sapsucker photos ~ that's not a bird I see in my garden. Clematis Ville de Lyon is gorgeous and your photos are getting better and better I must say. I am loving it. I move things around whenever I feel like it too. I've never been good at following rules. I just moved Clematis fremontii tonight! Of course I have to do a lot of babying (like Tina) said, but it's worth it. I would rather get it going in its new spot then wait a whole season before that happens. Hope you had a good gardening day.ReplyDelete
Your photography skills have gotten amazing. The shots are breathtaking. The garden sure looks good.ReplyDelete
and Wow !!!
The colors are so brilliant !
My favorite is the Clematis.
The blooms as ever, as pretty. Cupid's dart - an interesting name and the flower lives upto the name!ReplyDelete
That sapsucker looks cute and funny!
I am the most ignorant, inept, and clumsy gardener as I repoted almost all my plants this summer. Luckily none gave it up. Touchwood!
Catherine, one thought no one has mentioned, oriental poppies grow from root cuttings, so any root left in the soil is likely to grow. You may find that the place you dig your poppies up from gets lots of new plants! I have transplanted poppies, thought I have lots them and the next year they reappeared! If you climate is like ours then I am sure they will be fine to divide after flowering, with lots of watering.ReplyDelete
Best wishes Sylvia (England)
I do like the term 'driveway garden' I have similar names for bits of my garden.ReplyDelete
Here in the UK it is generally excepted that you divide perennials in spring or autumn but not summer. I think this is because its not considered to be good to divide the plant when it is flowering. However, if the poppy has already flowered then that should be OK. I think you can take root cutting from poppies as well.
These photos are stunning and made me feel like I was there with you walking around the yard checking for new blooms.ReplyDelete
So beautiful are your photos... just enjoy perusing through them a couple of times for the soothing respite they provide.
So cute about the yellow pollen on your little one's nose. Your coreopsis is to be envied in such fullness it puts mine to shame. This is my first try at it from seed and it is sparse. No matter what all the information says I think they prefer less humidity than we have.
That cat thing happens around here all the time. Only I don't have any cats. They are visitors who seem to think my shady gardens are for lying around for naps.
That cupid's dart and clematis is stunning and your photos perfect.
Of course the birdie bathing is always fun to see.
Have a great day in your gardens!
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel
Oh, after all that jibber-jabber I forgot to mention that I divide just about anything I want to in the summer as long as it is not blooming at the time. Yesterday I dug up bromeliads and moved them to several new places. I divided some blue ginger to make a nicer grouping as well as the shampoo gingers.ReplyDelete
Can't help you with info on poppies... none of them will grow here much less divide.*sigh*
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel
I love the cupids dart. Sadly it wouldnt make it thru my zone 2b winter :(ReplyDelete
Your hosta's look great. Mine are still weeks away from blooming.
Good morning! I didn't know that Oriental Poppies could grow from root cuttings either. This will be a good experiment, I should end up with at least one plant then.ReplyDelete
Thank you for all the nice comments :)
I have never grown cupids dart but I love the blue flowers of course ;-) Is it hard or easy to grow and remember who your talking to before you answer ;-) (old brown thumb)ReplyDelete
I divide when I feel like it around here......Your photos are great.ReplyDelete
Lona - Cupid's Dart is very easy. I really barely even water it. It isn't even in very good soil. And you have very green thumbs! :)ReplyDelete
I love the pink clematis! great shade of pink!ReplyDelete
I love your Clematis 'Ville de Lyon' and the Cupid's Dart!ReplyDelete
Cupid's Dart, huh? I've never grown that before. There are just so many plants in the world that I want to try, and not enough room for them all! The bugs I don't want to take over my garden are the dreaded Japanese beetles, do they not visit where you are? Lucky you!ReplyDelete