Up first, let's go with my new Dahlia.
This is another grocery store purchase. I'm tellin' ya, if you're near a Winco, they have the best bulbs in the spring. And they're only $2 bucks!
They're always at the entrance of the store, in boxes on racks.
This one is called Otto's Thrill. It's a dinner plate like my white one, but soooo tall!
The box said 40 - 44 inches. I'd say it exceeded that.
It reads as really pink in the photos, but I'd call it more of a dusty rose in person.
For height comparison, that's a 'David' Phlox next to it, and if you have one of those, you know how tall they get.
The fence is six feet.
I had to maneuver around this guy to get in and get close ups.
I didn't wanna break his (or probably her) web.
So dang pretty.
And speaking of pretty, let's ooh and ahh over the blue Hydrangea.
They're just so photogenic.
I don't know if it's because of the sun exposure, but most of the flowers are on the back side this year.
These are some shots looking behind that bed.
To get your bearings, I'm standing in front of the shed.
And this is looking the opposite direction.
Under the tree, my unidentified Heuchera is doing well.
I've mentioned not ever having very good luck with them, but this one seems to be growing, despite its owner.
I don't know why, but I never think to take pictures of this angle.
So here are some pulled back shots of the back side of the big tree bed.
One of my new babies from the Leach Botanical sale this spring is under there.
And it's blooming!
Anemonopsis macrophylla, 'False Anemone.'
Onto the side of the house, the Fuchsias are blooming good.
As you can see, the Hops is quite prolific this year.
It might eat the house if I'd let it.
The Chinese Chives are blooming.
I yanked almost all of them out this year 'cause they're super naughty.
I even have them coming up in the parking strip.
Another batch of Hostas are blooming.
And I found another friend snuggling in for the night.
Okay, back into the main part of the yard...
My poor Peegee Hydrangea really took a beating from that rain storm we got.
It's tied up in about five different places to keep it upright, but at least I only lost a couple main branches.
The lavender Phlox next to it is still blooming.
I'm pretty meticulous about deadheading it, but still.
Let's hope it lasts through the garden tour next Sunday. :)
To the left of that, I stuck in a couple State Fair Zinnias.
They're growing all wonky and I'm out every day staking them up.
And they just now started blooming.
Not sure I'd plant them again. I'll stick with the shorter guys.
Heading to the right of the Peegee is where it transitions to shade.
My Gartenmeister Fuchsias in the pot are doing well. As well as the other Fuchsias I have poked in over there.
On the opposite side of the yard, the annuals have takin' off.
Cleome, Blue Salvia, Zinnias, Lantana, Cosmos, Basil, as well as Rudbeckia, Phlox, Salvia Chiapensis (that I love, love, love and wish was perennial here), and the Salvia Patens 'Cobalt', are all the bloomers right now in this bed.
Here it is, looking from the opposite direction.
This is the exact same Phlox that I had to whack to the ground out front because of the mildew.
This one is healthy as can be.
Let me know when you get it all figured out.
And yet another angle.
You can sort of see the lawn and the sad state that it's in.
This is looking out from the wine bottle path.
I'm so in love with the Cleome right now.
This potted Fuchsia on the path has been blooming nonstop.
The Pentes has really taken off - ya know, since I bought it a few days ago.
It's not even planted yet in these photos.
Don't judge me and my plant buying addiction.
Why don't they sell these earlier in the year anyway?
I LOVE them!
Also along the path, the Marjoram has jumped out of its pot and rooted (another naughty plant) and the Pineapple Mint is growing like crazy in its pot.
Despite Baby's attempt to destroy it, my clearance rack Gerber Daisy is blooming again.
How 'bout the fire pit area?
It's got a lot of pink happenin' right now.
And finally, for those of you who made it to the bottom of the post, here's a couple shots of the wine bottle path from the deck.
For those of you in town, or anyone lookin' to do a road trip, here's the link to next Sunday's Garden Tour information:
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