And most months I remember -- on or about the 17th of the month!
But this month I remembered in time!
While the front border is somewhat over-stuffed with some huge indian hawthorn and african lily (courtesy of the builder 4 years ago), the White Gold Lantana and New Gold Lantana I planted are making a good showing along the front of the border, as are the milkweed along the back. (Notice the Monarch Waystation sign in the center of the photo)
Lantana is making a good showing in the back garden too -- this one, in front of the wax myrtle is Dallas Red. The butterflies and hummingbirds love it!
Here's a closer look.
In the "bird feeder" corner, where I gave up trying to plant things in the ground because of the thick tangle of pine roots just under the surface, I have a collection of containers.
Below is the newest - I love the "half barrel" look, which reminds me of the real half barrels my dad has in his garden. In it, I have some Superbells Grape Punch (calibrachoa hybrid), Supertunia Vista Bubblegum (petunia hybrid), Verbena Babylon White and a Persian Shield (the tall plant in the middle with beautiful purple leaves).
If you click on the photo to see the larger version, you can see two things. First, a very sturdy pine root that's come up to the surface (there's a pine tree right on the other side of the wall) and second, a couple of adventurous milkweed seedlings that have sprouted there. In fact, the yellow milkweed on the right self-seeded there last year. How it competes with the pine roots I'll never know, but it's doing beautifully, so I'll leave things as they are.
And finally, for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, something else that reminds me of my dad's garden in England -- fuschias. These are in a hanging basket (with home made macrame hanger, a la 1970's even) just outside the back door.
I do love them, they remind me of dancing ballerinas.
That's it for today. Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day everyone. I hope your gardens are blooming.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.