I just got in from watering my plants.
The sun is beaming down now. It hasn’t rained as the forecast predicted.
I guess Mother Nature had other plans. We know she has an intelligence that the human weather forecasters simply do not possess and can’t always predict.
The View To The Alley Fence:
The sedum I plucked up from various parts of the garden has certainly filled the various containers.
Just look at that top galvanized container. Now those beautiful little yellow blooms are sprinkled through the plant like little starbursts.
The red and yellow gerbera daisies are growing and blooming amid all the pansies in their pots.
I love to watch the blooming process. The way each petal unfolds and loosens to spread out like the rays of the sun.
The red mandevilla vine has begun to flower. Flowers look and feel like fine velvet.
I love to rub the leaves as they remind me of Lamb’s Ear.
Purple Clematis Vine:
The clematis vine is flowering as well. The old saying about clematis growth is, “The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap.”
This is its first year. I lost the white clematis I’d had for probably 6-7 years in the winter cold.
Clematis bloom times range from February or March until frost. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to clematis flowers. As cut flowers, clematis are long-lasting.
The fruit is typically a showy ball-shaped, “feathery” structure. The seedpods are used in dried flower arrangements.
I will have quite a few vines on this fence bordering my nextdoor neighbor. Mandevilla, clematis and morning glories.
The pansies are still quite lovely, as it hasn’t gotten very hot yet. In fact it has been unseasonably cool so far.
It’s been a strange year weather wise.
Blue Raised Garden Bed:
The blue raised garden is full to the brim and then some. I love the many shades of green of the different plants.
The other day I cut back the English Ivy that was about to grow up the side of the blue container.
Pansies and Johnny Jump Ups Growing Among The Hosta Plants:
If you look closely you can see the pansies I planted in this bed growing up through the giant hosta leaves.
The Wicker Settee & Surrounding Potted Plants:
The tree above has leafed out and is now in its blossoming stage, which will not last long. A few weeks at most.
Then it makes a mess of the blooms on the cement as they turn brown and fall. But in the short time they’re there, they smell magnificent.
The purple petunias have filled this green pot. I enjoy going out and deadheading the flowers.
It is a meditative process for me. One I enjoy.
Front View Of The Garden:
Here is a wider view of the garden just outside my French doors into my dining room.
It makes me smile to sit there at the table inside and eat my meals and stare at this beauty just outside my door.
The purple verbena is trailing and I’ve had to begun cutting it back to keep it from growing long instead of lush.
The Layered Galvanized Garden:
The galvanized garden is one of my favorite parts of the patio. But then I love it all.
The containers look more natural in the garden, along with the driftwood I planted voodoo sedum inside.
Then the lemon balm is growing quite fast through the crack in the cement. This herb seems to be indefatigable.