Our weekend ended up being a great one, very productive around the yard. The weather was mostly overcast, but at least the temperatures were in the low 60's and it didn't rain more than a few sprinkles. The plants are slowly but surely catching up to where they should be. I had wondered a month ago if June would look as good as it normally does in the garden, and it appears that it will be just as pretty as usual.
Over the weekend we replanted many of our vegetable seeds, I'm beginning to think birds are part of what's causing the new sprouts to disappear. Hopefully the bird netting will help with that. It doesn't help that our dog and the neighbor's cat also enjoy lying on the warm soil in the raised beds. I sowed many seeds with the Littlest Gardener; 3 types of Sunflowers, 2 types of Cosmos, 3 types of Zinnias and lots more. I think I need more seeds we planted so many in just the new beds. We also took a trip to the Antique Rose Farm and bought a new David Austin rose 'Harlow Carr'. It will go in the entry bed, hopefully the rose will motivate me to start working on it. We repaired and restained the raised beds in the side yard too. Even better is that my husband seems to have adopted the front raised beds. I see him out there checking on things, watering and he even came home from work requesting fish fertilizer and kelp after talking about vegetable gardens with a friend at work. I knew the scientist in him would show up one day in gardening.
Here is some of what is blooming now:
Lots of Columbines with the Meadow Rue. The yellow Columbine lives up to it's name 'Yellow Spotlight'. I started it from seed last year, it's about 4 plus feet tall.
Clematis 'Miss Bateman'
Lilac 'Ludwig Spaeth'
Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'
Spanish Poppy (Papaver rupifragum) that I bought at a plant sale earlier this year. I'm going to try to save seeds from it. It reminds me of the color of orange sherbet, I just love it.
I think 'Gertrude Jekyll' will be the first rose to bloom this year.
The Pink Flowering Dogwood still has lots of pretty flowers left.
I added a couple Snow in Summer in front of the picket fence along the sidewalk. It seems to love where it is.
Irises, peonies, lupines, Clematises, roses and so much more are ready to burst open. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy your gardens this weekend.
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