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!