On Friday, the first day of summer, I took a walk around my garden and took a bunch of pictures. We had had a shower of rain, earlier in the morning, and, because the day was overcast and cool, the raindrops were still on the plants and on spiderwebs, which I thought looked pretty.
The lantana growing along the walkway in the front:
That mini heatwave we had killed all the flowers on the pomegranate tree. There is one, lone baby pomegranate, though:
The osteospermum have stopped flowering for the most part. But, I am leaving the plants in place as they are still green and provide a bit of color:
|Mixed Planting Bed - Osteospermum and Dusty Miller, among other plants|
The mini heatwave caused the burn on these aeonium plants:
They are the ones grown from cuttings one of my former supervisors gave me. I have more of them growing in more sheltered, shadier areas and they are doing well.
This variegated aeonium is in one of the more sheltered spots, and it is didn't suffer too much from the heatwave:
The cuttings of echeveria I took from the plants growing in front of a neighbor's house are growing well, too:
I took the cuttings with my neighbor's permission and I am glad I did so when I did, because her husband took out all those plants, last year!
I was happy to see that one of the gladiola plants has sent up a flower stalk:
|Gladiola Flower Stalk|
The alstromeria. or Peruvian lily, growing under the pomegranate tree, is also flowering:
|Alstromeria: Peruvian Parrot Lily|
This particular species of alstromeria (Alstromeria psittacina or A. pulchella) is also known as Peruvian parrot lily or, simply, parrot lily.
The flat leaf parsley plant I bought from the dollar store has set seeds! I should move the pot to one of the beds so that the seeds can fall into the bed and start new seedlings! Right now, the pot is on the steps near my front door.
|Parsley Seed Head|
That is a tour of the front garden on the first day of summer! I will do the back garden in a separate post.
How is your garden coming along?
You have such a beautiful garden! I haven't ended up with one again this year. I think that when I am gone for six/seven weeks in England there is little point to it as it usually isn't taken care of when I'm away.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sharon. The garden, as a whole, needs more attention that I have been giving it. I am going to try and take a picture, that shows the whole garden. It needs some proper landscaping, but, I'm not quite up to it, right now.Delete
Maybe you can do a fall garden or plant a lot of spring bulbs in the fall to enjoy when you are back from your visit to England. That way, you'll get to enjoy it after and before your trips. :)
Beautiful! I love echeveriaReplyDelete
Thank you, Akasha. They are quite easy to grow, aren't they? For a long time, I resisted having succulents, but, with our water conservation efforts, they are more suited for our gardens.Delete
My garden is coming alon ok, but I have nothing as pretty as your lantana. I've never even heard the name, and yet a quick search on Google shows me tat they are available in the UK. I'll be looking for some! And pomegranate growing in your garden - how fabulous! I think it is too cold for them here (though we do have our sunny moments).ReplyDelete
I remember you showing a bit of your garden in a post, not too long ago. I assume that things grow well there with all the rain you get. I am constantly on the look out for drought tolerant plants! I hope you are able to get a lantana plant and grow it. It's relatively trouble free and easy to grow, once established.Delete
Just asked my husband to look for one next time he's out at the garden centre!Delete
Hope he is able to find one and that it will grow well in your garden. Your might need to bring it indoors during the winter, though, so, better plant it in a pot, or grow as an annual.Delete
A shame about the pomegranate tree but I do like your choice of flowers. I've been seeing succulents on quite a few blogs so am debated (with myself!) about adding some to my garden.ReplyDelete
Yes, especially since the pomegranate tree was full of flowers, this year, and I was hoping for lots of pomegranates! But, the mini heatwave was too much for it.Delete
Succulents are easy care plants. Generally, I just stick them in the soil, water them occasionally, and they grow.
We had lantana in Houston and it grew year round because of the warmer weather. I really liked it. However, here it's just an annual and it never gets very big.ReplyDelete
The plants I have in the front are rather compact. They've been in the ground for at least 6 or 7 years now, and are still no more than 2 feet high!Delete
I am so happy for you that you have a lawn full of beautiful greenery and blooming color. Seems not that long ago you had the prolonged years of drought that made it difficult for plants to thrive. Enjoy your beauty!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Carolyn. But, no grass lawn to speak of! At least, not in the front. It's mostly bare ground with a little grass trying to grow, here and there! But the plants are coming along, nicely. :)Delete
I'm feeling spoiled because not only have I been to see our son's lovely garden and another excellent garden at a horse farm today, I come home to your blog and find more amazing plants and beautiful flowers to enjoy!ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed visiting the different gardens, Bushlady, both in person and online. :) I visited one of my friends, today, and her husband is an avid gardener - I picked a few sprigs of mint and spearmint from his garden to try and root to plant in mine.Delete