Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Summer 2017-3

The 4th of July marks the beginning of the Dog Days of Summer for me. My garden has a tired look during the heat of the day but springs back by morning.  It's been dry for the last couple of weeks but as I pulled a few weeds today I was surprised how much moisture is in the soil. I'm a heavy mulcher and it does make a difference. Lots of color in the garden today. First Zinnias in the cutting beds.
A couple of gladiolas that didn't get cut for arrangements.
Some of the day lilly's have finished but these are a little later.
I've numerous nice clumps of Daisy's and Black Eyed Susans.
  This red hot poker is re-blooming as well as some Iris.
Liatris once established put on quiet a show.
Found a few rose blooms that the J. Beatles skipped; The Queen of Sweden, Tahitian Sunset, and Veterans Honor.
And lastly several floral arrangements from the garden.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer 2017-2

Lily's are in full bloom. They're like sentinels in the garden. Some are over four feet tall with thick stems that with stood a 30 plus knot wind last week. The roses are in a recovery phase after first bloom so the lily's don't have any competition. 
But the flowers blooming that I find most interesting are Gardenia and Calla Lily. They are almost wax like and you just want to touch them...they are silky smooth when you do.
Many perennials are blooming too: Phlox, Monarda, Stokesia Daisy, and Campanulla. Campanulla is a nice green ground cover too. After bloom I cut the dead stalks to cean it up. It is a little invasive but not hard to keep in check.  
While not as showy as lilies the first hydrangea blooms have made their entrance.
The rose this week is Stanwell Perpetual. This is a shrub rose that has been around since the early 1800's. It is disease resistant, reblooming, and has attractive foliage all season long.
Each week a group of volunteers make arrangements from garden cuttings for weekend liturgies. These are some of the arrangements from this past weekend.