Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Things are going pretty well in the garden, but they are not without a few hiccups
The  Butterfly bush has started to bloom. But the flowers are extremely tiny and look like they are struggling a little bit. I think that's because the bush itself is terribly bug eaten.
 I've sprayed it down with soapy water, but I think I'm going to have to look into something stronger.

Beside it, the blackberries and raspberries are faring a bit better.
 I'll have fruit soon, if I can get them before the birds do.

Queen Elizabeth is showing off, with five new blooms
 Her blooms last the longest, with the exception of Tournament (which are a little bit bigger.)
 The lettuce is growing slowly
 But it is still growing.  I can't say the same for the forget-me-nots
I came home the other day and they were toasted. I think the hot weather did them in. I'm hoping I can save the one on the right.

But at least the sweet peas are sprouting
Once they get a little more established, I'm going to move them to the front porch to prevent the same problem.

The daisies and black-eyed Susans are in full swing
I just love the mix of yellow and white. It's especially pleasing because these were all from seed last year.

And hiding in behind them....
The Mexican Hat is almost in full bloom. I was especially pleased to see it, because I didn't think it had made it through the winter.

The first Cupid's Dart has bloomed
Which was nice as well... because this is Rocky's favourite plant to lay on. I do have to stake them up, but they will bloom right through until fall. A fantastic flower.

Mom's little tomato is doing fabulous (I'm taking it up to her next week).
 It's easily doubled in size.
Even the marigolds around it are happy. Pretty cool, considering they were just seeds dropped from the ones I'd planted around the food garden to keep the bunnies out.

And it looks like I'll be picking my own tomatoes soon...
 All three plants are doing well  - completely dripping with cherry tomatoes.

And while I was visiting with Samantha on the weekend, she gifted me with a big chunk of Sedum from her gardens
Including the gorgeous planter... she said it was just an old one I could smash up for a faerie garden, but I'm thinking it would look better full of nasturtiums!
I'm gonna run out of yard soon.


kathy b said...

oh how your garden grows

i love the mexican hat!

Anonymous said...

Cupid's Dart sure is pretty.

On another topic --- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was a pretty good book. ;-)

Araignee said...

I love nasturtiums. Daddio had a giant clump by the front door that came back on their own every year. I have to say, I've never seen a flowering plant be eaten by bugs like that. That's just crazy. Poor thing.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Sigh, I ran out of yard years ago. Gavin and I often say we need a smaller house with a bigger yard and a bigger garage.

Looks like things are really coming along nicely in the garden. I love the look of Sweet Peas but they can get pretty wasp-infested in the hot days of summer - you might want to think about that when you decide where to transplant them (maybe not right next to the stairs or door). I can't believe how tiny your lettuce is - ours has been completely out of hand and I've had several harvests (and salads) already this year.

The Mexican Hat is super cool!