One of the things I love about perennials, and there are many, is that it’s a constantly changing picture. Annuals are nice because you have a guaranteed wave of color throughout the season, but they are predictable. Perennials surprise you with their comings and goings. I love that about them.
These white spikes are at the bottom of our yard near the stone patio. I don’t yet know what they are, even though I did a brief search online this morning. Anybody recognize them?
Out back we have six flower boxes on our deck railing. Last year I planted petunias, this year I went for geraniums. These are actually an apricot color, although they look a little red to me in this photo on my computer screen; I just got a new computer and I’m not sure if the color settings are right. (I’m also not sure how to fix it if they’re not. Just another thing to learn. . .) I really liked the vining cream/yellowish flowers that I disregarded the name of. When we first planted them, they were very scraggly and I thought I had made a mistake. Now that they are filling out, I really love them. Feel free to enlighten me if you know the name.
I planted three little pincushion flowers this year. They require a lot of dead-heading and I haven’t been the best at that this year. The ivy takes so much of our time. A butterfly bush I planted last year, or the year before, arches above with it’s deep lavender blooms. And up in the top left corner of this photo, the moonbeam coreopsis are thinking about blooming. I’ve seen a lot of these blooming in other yards around here, and I’m not sure why ours are slow. We’ve had a bit of trouble with them from the start. They are easily trampled where they are, especially in the early spring when we forget they’re there.
The daisies are in full bloom and will stay that way for a little while. These are the same daisies we planted at Annie’s gravesite a couple of years ago. I hope to take my mother up to Piqua to see them while they’re still in bloom.
Last month I pruned back the knock-out roses and trimmed away the brown-spotted foilage. They are blooming nicely now. I don’t have confidence it will last. Even supposedly “carefree” roses, apparently aren’t carefree. If you look closely you will see holes in many of the leaves where insects are snacking. I used to spray my roses, but don’t like to do that and don’t intend to do it anymore.
The daylilies are all blooming now, although the gold and yellow ones I showed you last month have faded out and are forming seeds. I always thought the stella doras were supposed to bloom all season. I can’t remember if they came back last year and bloomed again or not. There are too many to even think about dead-heading.
These are more like the old-fashioned orange ones that only bloom once, but make a spectacular show when they do.
As are these. They’re looking a little ragged around the edges. It’s been a rough year for them.
I showed you the early bloom of the oakleaf hydrangeas last time. They are in full bloom now. I never fully appreciated them until we moved here and have a nice display of seven or eight bushes along the edge of the woodland garden.
These are more of a vanilla compact daylily that I think may be of the stella dora variety, but I need to research that to be sure. They, too, are looking a little dog-eared and I hope they will bounce back when they’re in full bloom. We have two large sections of these in the angel garden. But we uprooted all the plants in one section last year to eradicate the ivy that was running underneath and intertwined between all the roots. So maybe they need some time to readjust and recover from the surgery.
This is a second, lighter in color, butterfly bush we planted at the top of the angel garden, or on the edge of the woodland, however you prefer to look at it. It is a little bit scrawny and I hope will fill out with time. I maybe need to get out there, heat or not, and fertilize some of these plants. I hate the heat. I could set an alarm and get up at 6:00 am. We’ll see.
How is your garden growing?