June 14, 2015
Having not posted a view of my garden since the end of March, I decided this would be a good time to do so! The rains of May are finally gone, but I think June is feeling a bit ignored and has decided to do something about it, dropping 3.16 inches of rain on us yesterday and a little bit more during the night. (One of my favorite things in the world is to wake up during the wee morning hours to the sound of thunder and the flash of lightening!) Needless to say, the garden was a little on the soggy side today. The Sombrero® Salsa Red Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) and Spearmint (Mentha spicata) didn’t seem to mind, though.
These Mexican Hat Flowers (Ratibida columnifera) are falling over everything even though they’ve been staked with some small wire fencing.
They’re really quite prolific this year.
There’s supposed to be a walking path through here somewhere…
Here are some Liatris and some Iris. Some of the Iris leaves look quite puny. They were waterlogged for a while, then the sun began drying them out as the temperatures rose. I think they’ve had a shock to their systems. They don’t mind the hot weather, but the rain really beat them down.
Here we have a Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) and Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’.
Here are the Turk’s Cap and Artemisia viewed from the other side, along with a Chinese Privet (Aligustre chino).
The Autumn Joy Sedum (Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’) are beginning to spread. They’ll begin blooming later in the summer. These plants are very easy to grow in our hot, dry climate and their flowers are very attractive to butterflies.
There’s a jumble of different types of plants in the photo below. I really need to do some work with the mulch in this area.
Here’s a wider view of that area from a different angle.
These Rocket Larkspur (Delphinium consolida Rocket) have had a really tough time this spring. They were constantly pummeled by the rain during their prime blooming time and many have already begun to turn brown and go to seed. I need to figure out what the tall plants in the foreground are…
Here are a few more Rocket Larkspur and some pitiful looking Daylilies (Hemerocallis) that were virtually drowning in sitting water for several days last month.
Our neighbor’s Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans) has fully engulfed the utility pole in the corner of their yard.
The flowers are pretty and attract hummingbirds and a variety of butterflies and other pollinators. Unfortunately, that’s about all there is to like about this plant! They’re terribly invasive. I’ll be pulling their shoots up from the back yard and cutting them out of the fence for the rest of the summer…
On the brighter side of things, here’s a Damselfly hanging out in the garden!
Hopefully I’ll be able to get out and actually do some work in the garden this week. Things are really beginning to get wild! I also have a few plants that I purchased last week that I need to find spots for and get into the ground. I hope everyone else had a great week in their gardens!