Yesterday started off quietly, but ended up in a trip to the vet. Poor Gracie, our little white dog, had not been acting herself the day before. She woke up yesterday morning crying a little still and not wanting to jump up to the couch or onto anyones lap. Luckily it seems she just pulled a muscle or something like that, and nothing more serious. She's on an anti-inflammatory now and seems to be feeling almost back to her usual sweet little self.
I've been planting away in the butterfly garden that I started about two months ago. Click here to see the "unveiling" of it. So far no butterflies have stayed long, but the hummingbirds are loving it. I think once more flowers start to bloom I'll have some butterflies.
Here is the best view I could capture. The Butterfly bush (buddleia alternifolia) is on the right at the back of the bed. It took forever to get leaves after this winter, but is now looking very full. It'll probably be a couple of weeks before it blooms this summer which is behind the normal time. Here you can also see some new plants that have been added including Salvias and Agastache. I made off great at the 2 for 1 sale and got a couple of new echinaceas, 'Tiki Torch' and 'Green Envy'.
A new addition Penstemon 'Catherine de la Mare' is so pretty. It's buds have a pinkish tinge to them. This one is brand new, but I love it already.
Salvia 'Black and Blue' is one I tried growing years ago, but it never bloomed. It's pretty obvious how it got it's name from seeing it ready to bloom. This was sold as an annual, but I think if I keep it protected it'll survive the winter.
Clematis 'Peppermint' is still doing great, I never tire of looking at it's interesting flowers.
Red Valerian (centranthus ruber) another one I never tire of. I loved how the sun was shining through it. Butterflies have been visiting these for awhile now.
As I was taking pictures the girls excitedly came to show me the first blueberries of the season. There were four ripe, one for each member of the family.
Hope everyone has nice weather the rest of the week. I know I've been reading about lots of wind, rain or drought. I hope you all are getting what you need!
Your garden is most lovely! I really like the long shots. I keep getting ideas from you in order to rearrange my long northside shrub border. Sigh, a work in progress for sure. Someday I hope it looks this good!ReplyDelete
I adore your butterfly garden. The penstemon is a gorgeous colour and so is the salvia. If its any consolation Ive never had much luck with those salvias either :-(. Ill keep my fingers crossed for yours ;-) Im sorry your dog is under the weather,and proud of your blueberries!ReplyDelete
Here we are in the midst of a great heat wave,and of course being England we hardly know how to cope with it!
The butterfly garden looks great! Ours is picking up my 4 x 10 mass of Hoary Mountain Mint is a butterfly magnet and will be for the next 3 months, it just started days ago.
Beautiful butterfly garden!!! How nice of ya'll to split the berries between you!!! I am glad your dog is doing better, poor thing!ReplyDelete
Poor Gracie. Angelina sends her love.ReplyDelete
That's really a great butterfly garden. Very satisfying.
As I look out the window, I see the rain ... more rain. It's feast or famine around here.
Again...your garden looks beautiful! I love how you plant not just for the beauty the flowers provide the eye, but also for birds and (nice) insects they attract! I'm glad your little dog is on the mend! Enjoy the weather there...it's going to be a bit cooler here today -- only about 101! Ha ha ha! Every little bit helps!ReplyDelete
I'm so glad it was nothing serious for little Gracie. I always hated it when my dog didn't feel good - ya just feel for them because they don't know what's going on.ReplyDelete
Your Salvia is very nice - I hope you can hold it over. I saw one the other day that said evergreen and perennial - it was hot pink and fuzzy (big fuzzies almost the size of the Spanish Lavender blooms) then one of the clerks said it wasn't hardy or evergreen. It was sooooooo striking guess I should have bought it anyway!
Your Clematis is very pretty, looks good sized too. And I love your new Penstemon. Now why couldn't I find any Penstemons in that 15 acre nursery. They just weren't on my side at all I think. LOL But I'll still go back! Probably before their sale is over.
Love, love the butterfly garden. It will be full of flying visitors before long. I have made 3 blueberry cobblers and a blueberry cheesecake so far from our bushes.ReplyDelete
I love your butterfly garden. Our butterfly bushes are just beginning to bloom here in GA. You have some pretty plants and the colors all blend so well together. Those are pretty blueberries too.ReplyDelete
Looking good Catherine.ReplyDelete
I think butterflies bring a whole new dimension into the garden, good luck
What a soothing color-combo in that flowerbed. Just lovely! I do hope your little Gracie is feeling better soon.ReplyDelete
I love your butterfly garden -- it's beautiful. I'm drooling over Penstemon 'Catherine de la Mare'. Will have to look into that one.ReplyDelete
I'm glad Gracie is doing okay. I haven't had any hummingbirds yet and only a few butterflies. I keep hoping that they will show up. I've never grown red valerian. I wonder if it would do well in the south?ReplyDelete
What a beautiful penstemon. I'd like to have her in my garden too. Your butterfly garden looks great to me. Lots of space ~ I wish I had some empty spots between plants like you do. My garden is overstuffed I think?ReplyDelete
I'm glad your Gracie is feeling better. I had to put my Lhasa on anti-inflammatories a couple months ago because of arthritis. That and the glucosamine have made all the difference.
I am pleased Gracie is responding to treatment.ReplyDelete
Your butterfly garden is looking interesting.
I am glad the dog got to feeling better. Nothing quite like a poor sick puppy.ReplyDelete
I like your butterfly garden. It is sure nice. My stuff is either starting to bloom or is. The canna lilies are still coming up all over the place. I have to watch the Bee Balm to keep the saw grass from cutting the tender growth. Not many bees or butterflies around her e\either
Look at the size of those blueberries!!ReplyDelete
Yum, I can smell blueberry muffins and blueberry pie!
The butterfly garden looks really good! Sorry to hear about Gracie. I hope she feels better soon. -JackieReplyDelete
Glad to hear Gracie is on the mend. 'Catherine' is quite a penstemon isn't she? I love the unique coloring and how it's pretty much a fuss-free plant.ReplyDelete
I've kept Salvia 'Purple Majesty' --very similar to 'Black and Blue' alive for two years now. I bet you'll have no problem with yours.
Clematis 'Peppermint' WOW. Now I've got Clematis-Lust again. Just when I thought I was cured. LOL
Congrats on the four blueberries!! Hopefully all this sunshine is making them sweet. I've been watching mine, hoping I can get to them before the bluejays. I keep forgetting to buy netting when I'm out. I can't count on my garden cat to look mean all the time.
Hi Catherine, Bandit says 'woof' to poor Gracie! I'm going to read how you built your butterfly garden...looks wonderful! It's raining buckets this morning and I was supposed to go on a garden tour today...bugger!ReplyDelete
How were the blueberries?
The butterfly garden looks stupendous and I hope they come in droves. I haven't seen many here this year - bad sign.ReplyDelete
My butterfly garden is so small compared to yours, but I hope to have it "grow" over the next few years.ReplyDelete
That is some butterfly garden you built there! Looks lovely and I know the winged ones you desire will love it too! Congrats on the blueberries~ReplyDelete
OOooo, thanks for the update... this is coming along just beautifully, thanks to your green thumb.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear Gracie is not in serious trouble!
Thanks for all your nice comments! Gracie seems to be feeling a bit better today.ReplyDelete
The blueberries were delicious and I hope more will be ripe soon!
It all looks amazing! I love that frilly clematis. What is the very tall plant with reddish flowers?ReplyDelete
Glad your doggie is doing better!
Ginger - I just noticed you were here :) The tall red one in the back is monarda- Bee balm 'Jacob Cline'. It's great and only been there one year!ReplyDelete
My mouth's watering at the sight of those yummy berries. I like the unique taste of these berries... MMmmmmm...ReplyDelete
The Red Valerian is soo hott with the cool perppermints!
What a wonderful transformation! It's filling out nicely, and I'm sure the butterflies will enjoy it. I'm not seeing many so far, either.ReplyDelete