Back in the 80's, I used to love making macrame plant hangers. A few years ago, I made some for our patio when we first moved in, but I have hunted high and low and been unable to find them, so I made a few more. Happily I discovered Hobby Lobby have a decent selection of cords, metal rings and beads!
We have three Crepe Myrtles in the garden, but this is the best of them. Last year a hummingbird could be seen daily perched in the branches, keeping an eye on the feeders.
I know I planted several of this Liatris, but this is the only one that came up (or possibly the others got "weeded" before I realized what they were. It's surrounded by Salvia Greggi and Pineapple Sage.
Some of the daylilies are still hanging on and shrugging off the heat now summer is here.
Lots of little joys in this island bed this year. First, the Hamelia Patens that I thought had died actually came back and is flowering. Plus the Cosmos and Cleome that I started from seed are doing well (no photos). Finally, the native milkweed I planted earlier in the year are coming along nicely. No blooms yet, and they are still small, but I hope the Monarch butterflies will be able to enjoy them for a long time to come.
Here's a long shot of the island bed -- earlier in the week I planted some Dallas Red and Pot of Gold Lantana across the front side. They will spread and fill in the bare patches as summer draws on and the butterflies will love them in July and August.
I'm so happy I managed to bring the Rose of Sharon (via cuttings) from my previous house. I just love it's happy blooms, and the bees and hummingbirds love it too :-)
This next photo is rather deceptive. Unfortunately our Sam Houston peach tree just isn't living up to its name. First of all, the tree never properly rooted -- if it weren't for be staked up, it would fall over. All it's roots are in the top couple of inches and none have ventured down far enough to anchor it. Too much clay down there I guess, even though we dug a pretty big hole when we planted it.
While this looks like a nice big healthy juicy peach, it's rather small and there's a bruise/hole on the other side. Update: I decided to go and check on it today and there was another one near it that wasn't too beaten up so I picked it and ate it. It was the most delicious peach I have ever eaten! Sweet, juicy, warm from the sun. We have to try and save this tree!
That's it for today's post - I hope my dad enjoys it after his comment on my last post!
Today I'm linking up with the following memes:
Friday Flower Photos hosted by Nick V.
Flower Friday hosted by Aquariann
Today's Flowers hosted by Denise at An English Girl Rambles
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.