We've had cool, wet weather since Monday, so I haven't been outside much. It's supposed to get up in the 80's and 90's by the weekend, though. Hot!
The first of my annual Fuchsias is blooming.
I say annual, but almost every single one of them overwintered this year.
The Hardy Fuchsia, that I've had for almost 14 years, is just starting to bloom, too.
It didn't die back to the ground this year, so it's huge already.
Down in front of it, the mammoth Hosta is gettin' its girth on.
The new Lewisia I got this spring is just now blooming, and two of my older ones are starting up with round two.
I feel like I'm the spokesperson for this new Foxglove.
I know, I've taken dozens of photos of it, but I'm soooo impressed with it.
When did I buy them, March? April?
The two original stalks of flowers were STILL good last week.
I cut them for bouquets for a party at my sister's house.
That's a long ass time for the same flowers to still be in bloom.
And now, there are TONS of flowers coming on both plants.
The heat of summer may cut the longevity a bit, but still, even if they only last half the time.
This is the one in full sun.
This spot gets more shade.
This is another one I just posted pictures of, but I can't help it.
It's the first time it has bloomed for me, so it's exciting.
Lady Fern grows where she wants to grow.
Lady Fern is the boss.
You know summer is near when the Phlox start blooming.
This one is just starting to show some color.
I have no idea which variety this is, but it will bloom all summer long if I'm good about deadheading it.
Down in front, and also in other parts of the yard, is a Geranium that I don't know the name of.
I have a love/hate relationship with this one.
Salvia 'May Night.'
I love the plant, but it's a flopper.
You know the kind.
I posted bud pics last week, but she's bustin' out of her shell now.
It was one of the roses I inherited with the house and didn't have the heart to get rid of.
I do love her.
I posted buds of this one last week, too.
Again, inherited with the house and love.
This is the end of life stage, and I love it.
I bought this Hydrangea at Xera last year.
As if I have room for another one.
But how could I resist those baby pink blooms?!
The annuals are finally starting to take off.
This is my third year growing this Salvia, and I love it.
It's Salvia coccinea 'Snow Nymph.'
I have it in the ground, and in pots.
These hanging pots have filled in a lot, too.
My Meadow Rue, that I've had for years and was mislabeled, got moved this spring for lack of production.
He's happy, but I wish the flowers were lavender instead of yellow.
He's kinda all over the place.
On the south side, the Spiderwort has reseeded like crazy and I've got three different purples goin' on.
Charlotte was over there, too.
The Kid's kindergarten teacher gave me this boot with a Viola in it.
The Viola is long gone, so I put a Calibrochoa in it this year.
I stuck a new plant in one of my shady spots.
Josheph's Coat Amaranto Tricolor 'Raspberry Rum.'
Never heard of it.
The tree rose is earning its keep.
Early this spring, I moved the Lamium from the window box out front, to the ground out back.
I know this is a Phygelius, but I can't remember the name, and I'm too tired to look it up.
Five hours at a parade for a field trip will do that to a person.
Do you know what this is?
That would be a very swollen Passion Vine bud.
The whole plant is covered in buds right now.
The perennial Bachelor Buttons are blooming.
This one is coming up out of the Spirea.
A couple of the Calibrachoa on the fence overwintered, and their strawberry roomies are comin' along.
This is the only ripe one we've gotten to before the squirrels.
The Honeysuckle, that I tried to kill with Neem Oil early this spring, has finally recovered.
My Hardy Begonia is coming up everywhere.
My cousin and his wife sent us a card after Maddie died, with a check to spend on a plant to remember her by.
It took me a long time to find the right one.
This is Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance.'
We're almost done.
I saved one of my favorites for last.
I saw this in Grace's yard on our trip last month, and when we found it for sale at one of the nurseries, I was on it like white on rice.
She has found a home near a Tricolor Sage.
Anemone 'White Swan.'
I love her.
Congratulations, you made it to the end.
Until next time...