Well, first of all Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers of both two-legged and four-legged children.
Both my girls have called me. We had lunch here Friday and today they’re spending Mother’s Day with their own children.
It’s kind of dark and overcast out there. Maybe rain is in the forecast. I haven’t checked.
So here’s a look at the patio today, May 9, 2021.
The Gerbera daisies are still blooming one right after the other. As it’s been uncommonly cool this spring, so the pansies are still blooming as well.
The purple verbena is spreading and starting to dangle over the edge of the pot.
That’s my rosemary just behind it and beyond that is a pot I just planted zinnia seeds in the other day. I’ll have lots of zinnias!
I really don’t feel like one can have too many zinnias.
Hostas & Wild Violets & Lamb’s Ear:
Above is the blue container bed with the hostas, Lamb’s ear and wild violets mixing in together. My grandmother’s name was Violet, by the way.
Sedum is growing and filling in the brown shelf containers. Last year I tried petunias in these shallow containers and they fried.
I’m hoping sedum will have better staying power in the heat.
Pineapple Mint & Daisies:
I still haven’t removed the pineapple mint from the daisies in the galvanized container garden.
I’m thinking I might just leave it if it doesn’t overpower and cover my daisies. Otherwise I’ll separate the two.
The Wicker Settee Area:
The alliums in the front pot have nearly filled it since last year when I first planted it.
The Shasta daisies grow happily amongst the pansies, which will be dying back for a time when it gets hot.
The salvia has turned purple. I just love salvia. And so do all the bees and butterflies and hummers.
Hummingbirds love the nectar of salvias, particularly the red ones. Hummers can see the red, but bees can’t.
Hummingbirds, unlike most birds, can taste sweets and so they are drawn to flowers that produce lots of sugary nectar.
Salvia is well known for its bright flowers, rich nectar and drought-tolerant plants.
Flowers that can withstand drought and produce sweet nectar are very important in the world of nature. Because nectar can be hard to come by during drought conditions.
And as you can see, a very full blue raised garden filled with hosta, Lamb’s ear and wild violets.