Since the last time I managed to post on time was in January, I'll just call this my semi-annual contribution :-)
We have some beautiful rich colors in the summer garden, but they are mostly concentrated in just a couple of areas. With other areas already past their best, or not blooming yet.
Even while I battle the nutsedge and insidious bermuda grass in the island bed, the blooms, such as the marigold above, are glorious. They seem to look at the blazing sun with a sort of "back atcha" defiance, and bloom on regardless of the heat and drought. I've been deadheading them to encourage them to keep blooming and I've also been spreading the seeds in colorless areas of the garden.
Also in the island bed, the Profusion zinnias are blooming.. profusely! I think I mentioned before that these self seeded and are living up to their name. I really like them and will have to look out for some other colors in the future.
This is a "Little Lucky" Lantana I planted in a container a couple of weeks ago. I believe it's "Lemon Cream" although I have another (out of focus) photo which shows a similar plant with more lemon yellow on it. I like how compact these are.
This Purple Trailing Lantana shares the half barrel with a sweet potato vine and a Persian Shield (which isn't doing too well in the heat, it may need less sun). I may need to trim it up a bit, to encourage bushiness instead of just a couple of long trailing bits. I understand the butterflies love it, so I hope it does well. I haven't had it in my garden before.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, the tropical Milkweed was looking rather puny, but it seems like, all of a sudden, it's all bursting into bloom. We have a LOT of it, all along the back of the border at the front of the house, as well as around the borders in the back garden. I've been reading about the low numbers of Monarch butterflies this year, but if they ever get here, we're ready for them.
The final photo is of a Turk's Cap I have in a container next to the Southern Wax Myrtle. I got it last year and it made it through the winter and seems to be doing quite well. By the way, I played around with this photo a bit, blending in a photographic texture to disguise the ugly cinder block wall. I rather like how it came out :-)
That's it from me today. It's 10 o'clock Central time, so technically it IS still Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Please stop by May Dream Gardens to see what's blooming on this date around the country.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.