Thursday, June 22, 2017

National Pollinators Week June 19-25

It's National Pollinators Week. I signed up for Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. At least I think I did. I didn't get a message that my info reached them.

This is the photo I used in my application to join National Pollinators.

We're in the midst of farmland where many chemicals are used. We use no chemicals except for fireant eradication and it's spot application to only the fireant mounds.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

June Daylilies

Sometimes I move them around and forget who is where. This is Pineapple Crush, or Elysian Fields or something else. It's a pretty yellow.

Another pretty yellow: 
Brocaded Gown, for sure.

 This is a seedling, only a generation away from those common orange daylilies that we always had. I gave it the Garden Name of Brown Saddle Oxfords.

 This is a good edger for Knockout Roses, almost the 
same color. Its name is  Little Business

These last 2 are seedlings, seeds from a Faceville garden. 
Garden name of these: Meet My Sister

Friday, June 2, 2017

When the Garden Turns Pink

The Garden is never really all of a color but there are bursts, like the daffodils in earliest spring when you think of one color. Right now Pink is a main feature.

This is what we see from our side door, seen best here from near the Mule Barn. Pink Crape Myrtles have been here for the last 70 years, this is a seedling from some of the original trees.

 Echinacea seeds itself all around to the delight of Butterflies and the gardener. The big Spicebush Swallowtail I tried to photograph flew away. Butterflies are not yet plentiful. I wonder about the effect of farm chemicals all around us.

Last year there were white Echinacea here, now replaced by pink seedlings. I planted the Castor Beans that wintered in a pot to compliment them.

Byzantine Emperor Daylilies, actually deemed purple by the Daylily Folk.

Angel Trumpets and Pentas are blooming. They clash beautifully in the daytime but at night the Trumpets open wide and pale and smell incredibly sweet.

Out near the highway, Nicotiana lends sweet perfume at night when nobody's around to smell it. Beautyberry has pale pink blossoms, hardly noticed. In the fall the blooms will turn to beautiful purple fruits.

In the back yard, a lone Althea has deep rosy blossoms. Underneath, plants of silvery leaved Rose Campion have seeded about, scattered by me or birds, I can't remember.

Crape Myrtle

That's a sampling of what's blooming pink in the gardens as the weather gets hotter.

I tend to call plants by both common and Latin names. Where I use common names, the Latin can be found in the labels.