At the beginning of June, I took a step back and looked at the back garden with fresh eyes. This weekend, I was doing some gardening in the front and happened to turn and get a view from a direction I don't normally see, since I come home from work from the other direction and head straight up the drive into the garage.
I thought the garden looked nice and had to grab the camera.
It was pretty bright, so the detail in the smaller photos is lost, but I think if you click on the photo to see the larger version you can see the detail. This is Lantana "White Gold." It's supposed to keep a compact, mounding shape, which it certainly has done so far.
I hope it stays compact. I remember a Lantana I had at my other house took over a bed completely.
I originally planted this Verbena "Hot Lips" (and several of it's buddies) around the young Live Oak trees. But they just didn't do well there and I ended up finding homes for them in and among the shrubs and daylilies in the front border. As you can see, they are rewarding me by bursting in to bloom, even though they're still very small. It's amazing how similar in color they are to the crepe myrtle we have in the front.
Now I'm sure if I was a gardening purist, the fact that the verbena "Hot Lips" and the crepe myrtle clash with the daylilies would drive me nuts.
Well ok, it does bother me a bit. But am I going to do anything about it? Naaaaah!
I'll just enjoy them for what they are, happy plants that are blooming in my garden.
That's it from me today, just a short post.
My apologies for my absence from blogging most of this week. The part time job I have working on an equestrian website has a large search engine optimization project going on that started this week and will be continuing through the summer.
The plan is to organize my days allow myself blogging time as well as work time, but we'll see how that goes. I'll try and visit your blogs and post comments, but it may not be as often as I have done in the past.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.