Busy busy bees, that's what we are. Flowers are blooming, and one must indulge in appreciating what they bring to a summer garden. Many of these flowers were already on the property, but moved, divided and otherwise mistreated. They handled it well, though, as they are currently blooming away. The sunflowers, I must add, were planted by the birds. I have edited them down to only 50 or so - there would be a few hundred if the birds had their way. Some of these are fillers as the shrubs and larger perennials fill out, but for now we are enjoying what they bring to the property, i.e., a bit of color and life.
Aaah, the sunflowers. Surprisingly, there are many different varieties, I know not what they are. The only seeds I ever feed the birds are black-oil sunflowers, so perhaps there are a few sources of seed used. Some are multi-branched, most are single stem with one extra-large bloom. All are yellow but many have different petal- and leaf-shapes. Interesting, to say the least.
This is a bit of a surprise. I purchased Oenothera 'Sunset Boulevard' for David last year (he loves evening primroses and the color orange, so what's not to love?) and it died. In a small pot where another plant had been and died, a few sprouts showed up. I let them grow, ever curious about seedlings and what they will turn into. Three of them were planted out in the gravel garden. Lo and behold, it's David's primrose.
Coreopsis 'Moonbeam', a perennial favorite. I could have a whole meadow of these with their clear pale yellow blooms atop a thin wiry stem. These came from the old garden.
Two more from the old garden, Pelargonium sidoides with Euphorbia rigida on the left. In the middle, annual chocolate cosmos. I like the way this corner of the gravel garden is coming together.
Blooms of the Pelargonium. I love this plant so much, it's totally hardy for me with excellent drainage. Alison of the blog Bonnie Lassie gifted me several starts at our most recent blogger's plant swap. I'm a happy gardener.
Chocolate cosmos, always welcome.
I have not had much luck with Eremurus or foxtail lilies, but one finally bloomed for me. I received a couple as a gift from my friend Anna of the blog Flutter and Hum plus I purchased several this spring. A few came up, this is the only one that formed a flower, so I have no idea which one it is. Fellow gardeners are the best people, don't you agree? So many plants generously given away among like-minded plant nuts. I should do a blog post exclusively on plants gifted to me from other gardeners. It would be a long post.
Scabiosa, a throw-away last fall at the nursery. I rescued three and they are thriving.
A lovely native, Eriophyllum lanatum or Oregon sunshine. This was purchased at Joy Creek in a four-inch pot and look at it now. It rarely gets water and is in a lot of sand. Happy happy joy sunshine.
Helenium 'Mardi Gras', came with me from the old garden.
As did the Asclepias tuberosa. I am quite pleasantly surprised it survived being dug up, sitting out in freezing temperatures for a long time and finally planted this spring. Plants are amazing. The bees especially love this one.
Rudbeckia from the old garden. I think this is 'Cherokee Sunset'.
Liatris everywhere on the property. I wrangled them all up and have a "Liatrus field" in the labyrinth garden. I do love the electric purple blooms and they do lend a "prairie" sort of aesthetic to the place. These guys I will keep.
Another project in process. Although not completed, I MUST share this one as it feels as if cool water has finally, after 6 months of looking at a pink deck, extinguished hot dusty flames of irritation.
This brings me joy. The railing at least has been painted. I want to see the garden and the plants, not pink. When you're driving up to the house, the pink is what you first noticed. Not any longer. We'll paint the whole thing, add horizontal, stainless steel cabling across the front and add some stairs to the split-level deck area above. Hooray!
Doesn't the sunflower seem happier?
A lot more to paint but it's a start. Here you can see the split level of the deck with a small set of stairs in the center. Quite dangerous as you could easily step off with no step beneath you. We'll extend that stair across the lower deck.
Another "not quite complete" project that will take some time. I have begun adding the small basalt rock retaining wall behind our fire pit.
Difficult to see in gray and brown. But it is there and makes me happy.
The paths are beginning to be defined, the fire pit is well on its way and the rock wall will take a few more sessions to complete. But, as so many of you have often told me, I'm taking my time. There is no rush, right? I do what I can a little at a time and having a full-time, farm-helper husband makes life oh-so-sweet.
That's it for this week at Chickadee Gardens. As always, thank you for reading and commenting and happy gardening!