'Rose of Sharon'

'Rose of Sharon'
The often unruly 'Rose of Sharon' can benefit from pruning

September Peacock Orchids

September Peacock Orchids
Need division

Sunday, June 27, 2010

More Drought-Tolerant Annuals for Summer Garden

More Drought-Tolerant Annuals for Summer Garden

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day Lilies Burst with Color in Zone 7

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June Garden

My June Garden

The heat is on in Zone 7 and gives me a sense of urgency about getting everything planted before the real heat wave comes. But it appears I may be too late. as we will reach 90 degrees today and 96 by Sunday. Storms, possibly severe are a possibility and with this heat, they are likely, in my humble opinion.
This will thwart my activity in the garden, but those heat loving specimens will flourish (fingers crossed).My absence will encourage the weeds to grow, but I am anxious to see how the corn gluten will work for me this year. It's been a month or so since the initial removal of the English Ivy and I am fairly happy with the few that are returning, however, I can see the potential for another invasion. 
Perennial flowers are blooming now, lots of lilies! The photo I posted earlier was a 'Cancun' Asiatic, don't know the name of the yellow specimen, can someone help me with that? Orange Railroad and Trumpet lilies are about to burst and some early varieties of daylilies are in bloom!
Summer shrubs are in bloom, Butterfly Bushes and Hydrangeas with pink or blue blossoms, depending on the soil's acidity. Almost time for the Crepe Myrtles here at the foot of the Sauratown mountain.
Speaking of lilies, I ran across some Crinums that I'd ordered last year and forgot to plant! The bulbs were still firm (thanks, Dutch Gardens)
so I soaked the roots and planted strategically. They seem to be doing great, not as big yet as last years' but you know what they say about perennials! We will watch their progress here. I'll post photos in a few weeks.
Also planted some Lavender 'Vera' in the beds that I started from seed in early spring. I hear it can reach two feet, so I am paying close attention to its development!
What are you growing this year?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fragrant Herbs for the Summer Garden
Many perennial herbs are used for their flowers in the summer garden; fragrance is an added bonus!
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

I was greeted by these beautiful blooms on my way out the door this am, what a great way to start the day!

Must be time for the lilies to put on their spectacular show!

Friday, June 4, 2010

It's almost a month now that I've been out of school, seems the time is flying!

We are working on a new nursery garden, which is still mostly red dirt. I am composting and hopefully we can double-dig the soil this year and get it amended. The lilies have grown well there so far, we were thrilled when these bloomed! Something Duane picked up in his meanderings; the striking blooms are a pleasant surprise.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010