Achillea, which has naturalized under the Vitex tree, is now invading the island bed,
along with Bermuda grass
I won't bore you with all the details but suffice to say that the weeds won the battle again last year.
So I'm trying again this year!
Eric has been helping by pulling out some of the Bermuda, and in recent weeks he's also been buying mulch and dumping it copiously on the island beds.
I had been getting depressed recently because the weather would be lovely all week while I was at work, but lousy weather on the weekend meant I still couldn't get out and do anything.
But finally, the weather was pleasant this weekend and I ran to the garden center and picked up some perennial salvia. I've planted this before, but not had luck with it, so I'm hoping it does better this time and is actually perennial.
The yellow flowers are Euryops pectinatus -- Shrub Daisy which is said to do well in this area and is drought tolerant. Just a little dead heading should keep it blooming all summer. I love yellow and purple together :-)
In the back border, under the Vitex, Homestead Verbena (more purple) and Achillea are naturalizing beautifully. As feathery and delicate as the Achillea is, the snow and ice we had this winter didn't faze it. However, I don't want it taking over the island bed, as it is trying to do (see first picture), so I'm digging/pulling it out as I can.
It's a bit late, but I'm also starting some Profusion zinnia seedlings in seed starter mix on the patio. I had originally planned to scatter the seeds and let the grow where they landed, but since we're mulching the island beds as part of our battle against weeds and bermuda, I had to come up with a Plan B.
Another plant that came through the winter unscathed to bloom again is the Dianthus. I have several and they are all doing nicely. Now see that green plant in the foreground of the photo? I don't know what that is.
It's growing where I had Cosmos last year, and there are some small cosmos seedlings around it. So I know it's not Cosmos, but I can't think what it could be. The very fact that it is so lush and green makes me suspect it's a weed that will need to be dug out. But if anyone can help me ID it I would appreciate it. A closer photo, with my hand for size comparison, is below.
Name That Plant
One of my favorite flowers from when I was younger is the Fuchsia. My dad always has luscious hanging baskets with them in the summer in England. I was thrilled when I saw they had them in Walmart, of all places, so I grabbed one to hang on the patio.
I know it will only last through the spring, and won't be able to handle our summer, but I'm going to enjoy it while I can.
The blooms always remind me of dancing ballerinas.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.