Last week’s What’s Blooming Wednesday post (#14) was so long that I saved a few of the blooms for this week. Although I couldn’t mention it at the time, there were several plant and flower cuttings that would be seen in this post today that I used in Baptismal Sunday – A Poetic Tablescape last Thursday.
With the sudden halt of rains, things are suddenly very dry here. Monday, the drag (dragging water hoses all over the place) began. The break from the drag this year was so nice while it lasted!
Mom 2 shared some Cleome seeds with me a few years ago. I collected them at season’s end for a couple of years, but there’s no need. They reseed on their own very well.
This is a pass-along native fern of some sort. According to The Southern Living Garden Book I shared with you in What’s Blooming Wednesday #14, there are too many types of ferns to list in a book. Do any of you know the name of this one, by chance?
Here’s a section that gets more sun, so its blooming nicely. (These are some of the blooms and greenery used in my tablescape last week.)
Do the blooms give you another clue as to the name? If not, we’ll just call it a hardy native fern. It’s so hardy that it stayed green last winter, even with our unusually cold temperatures. This may be a fern that grows in the Northern areas, as well.
This long-legged bug seems interested in these Hosta blooms. For some unknown reason, the usual army of slugs seems to be relinquishing control this year.
Survival of the fittest in The Land of Making Do. I’m thrilled the slugs weren’t fit to survive this year!
Are hummingbirds crazy over your blooms as much as mine? Do they go crazy over your potted flowers, too.
Every morning, two hummingbirds fight each other around my porches to get nectar there.
Yesterday, I spied these tiny blooms on the polka-dot plant. I usually have this plant in a sunnier location, where the leaves turn a lighter color. Maybe it’s happier in this shady spot. What sweet purple blooms!
Porch plants here in Mississippi haven’t needed watering as often this summer with our milder-than-normal days.
As of this week, milder days are over. (Sigh…)
At the corner of the front porch, this foundation bush developed some pretty cool looking berries. I had trouble recalling the name of it, but my Landscape and Gardening Journal tells me it’s the Cleyera, which blooms white in Spring. The new growth is red, and I love that added color.
The knock-out roses are growing like crazy and continuing to bloom. They are so reliable!
Here’s the row of them from April, one month after they were trimmed.
This year, in March, I saved a lot of time when trimming my knock-outs.
This method was easy to drag away. Less prickly, too. Do you use tarps this way?
What’s the weather like in your area? Are things heating up?
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