Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Another Pale Pink Beauty

One of the rose bushes that "came with the house."

Monday, June 29, 2009

Multi-Colored Snapdragons

A nice multi-colored snapdragon. If you buy these at a nursery in Boise, they're usually labeled "annuals." But they are perennials in this climate.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Yellow Snapdragon

The yellow snapdragons have finally made their appearance. The pinks bloomed first this year.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


This climbing vine blooms twice each summer. It's also a popular home for nesting house finches.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Blooming Groundcover

Ground cover inherited with the purchase of the house. It blooms for a few weeks.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Blooming Shrub

The bloom on a very common shrub. Most people prune it into what looks to me like an uncomfortable ovoid thing. I prune mine to look more like sprays of leaves and blooms.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

False Spirea

The bloom on a "false spirea" plant. It is a low- and slow-growing foundation planting.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Western Tiger Swallowtail

This very large butterfly visited a hanging flower basket outside my office window. I scrambled to get a picture and had to take it through the screen. It's a Western Tiger Swallowtail. I've seen this type before feeding on zinnias on the yard.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cat Mint

Cat mint has purple blooms all summer, and it's a favorite not just with cats, but bees, too.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pale Pink Rose

Another new standout in the rose garden.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

False Mallow

The white delicate flowers of a false mallow plant. This is an annual, although it re-seeds itself generously, and makes a nice fill-in for the rose garden. It's also a good cutting flower.

Friday, June 19, 2009


A petite damselfly resting on an iris plant.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Plant on Fire

These blooms look like flames. I have no idea what this plant is, maybe you do? It was part of a hanging basket that I purchased - but no details came with the basket.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Favorite Rose

This delicious rose is a plant my step-mother sent me two years ago. It's really coming into its own. The scent is just as gorgeous as the blooms.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Blaze of Glory Climbing Rose

This is a Blaze of Glory climbing rose over one of the arbors. Very dependable and minimal trimming.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Yellow Mini Rose

A sweet-smelling yellow mini rose. These minis bloom all summer.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


I love the cross-dyed look of this delphinium. I have to stake them or they fall over.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Red Lily

This red lily is a mystery lily in the front foundation plantings. It blooms just once a year.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Pink Zinnia

A first-bloom on a zinnia plant started from seed. Some of my zinnias became slug food and didn't make it.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


A dependable flower for just about anywhere in the yard. I have pink snapdragons and yellow ones. No sign of yellow blooms yet.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hot Red Rose

This super red rose thrives in a neglected area of the yard near a lamp post. The color is wowza. The scent is zero. It has almost no scent.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hidcote Lavender Blooms

The Hidcote lavender along the front walkway is starting to bloom. This is classified as a true English lavender and it has a stronger scent than the Munstead lavender plants in the yard. The Munstead lavenders aren't blooming yet.

Poppy Show

The oriental poppy is blooming. This is a plant by daughter picked out at a local nursery a couple of years ago.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Butter Yellow Rose

A spicy-scented rose in pale yellow.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Sweet snacks in the strawberry patch this time of year. These are ever-bearing so we can have a steady crop for the summer.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Tomato Plants Flowering

The cherry tomato plants are starting to bloom. Fingers crossed for the first crop in mid-July.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Garlic Chives in Bloom

These are the blooms on garlic chives. When the blooming is over, I'll cut the chives down and they'll bloom again in a few weeks.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Red Petunia Hanging Basket

One of the baskets hanging from an arbor gate. Red wave petunias dominate this one.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pink Rose Bud

A pink rose bud on one of my newer plants. This rose is highly scented and sweet.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Geum - Grecian Rose

Geum is sometimes called a Grecian Rose. It grows on a tall stem and the flowers range from reds and oranges to bright yellows. A good cutting flower. It's usually done blooming in late June. The leaves are mainly at the base. They stay green and look fern-like the rest of the year.