Friday, July 31, 2009

Lime Thyme

Lime thyme is a new herb in the garden this year. I hope it's hardy because I'd like this one to be a keeper.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Black-Eyed Susans Waking Up

These black-eyed Susans are in their full blooming glory by mid-August.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pumpkin Baby

So far, no squash bugs have attacked this pumpkin plant. But I've heard squash bugs are a-plenty this year, so I keep checking every day.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

First Sunflower

This sunflower is a volunteer. I have planted sunflowers near this spot in previous years, but I don't remember them looking like this one. It's welcome in the garden, though.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Oregano in Bloom

The oregano is in bloom. It's a bee's paradise. I clip leaves when stirring up big batches of spaghetti sauce.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hummingbird Shuns the Feeder

I put up two hummingbird feeders and have many hummingbird-friendly plants...and what does this guy like to eat? The little bugs that gather on the outdoor curtains.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Garden Bounty

Some garden goodies...still waiting for cherry tomatoes and more cucumbers.

Friday, July 24, 2009

English Rose

An English rose in the rose garden. This one fades to almost pure white.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Old Fashioned Rose

An old fashioned-type rose that starts out quite red and then "fades" to a pinkish red.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Another Rose Garden Star

A lovely peachy-pink rose with dark green foliage. This is a favorite for cutting.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mini Rose Spray

This spray of mini roses doesn't belong to me. It's a welcome visitor over the fence from a neighbor's yard.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Maybe a Daylily

A clump of a lily plant on the southeast side of the house. I believe it's a type of daylily, although the flower color and shape is quite different from other daylilies in the yard.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

So Blue - Delphinium

A close-up of one of the giant delphinium plants in bloom.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Baby Cuke

Cucumbers are one of the main crops in my garden beds. That sprig of a plant behind it looks a little like dill, but it's flat leaf parsley going to seed.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Another Shade of Bee Balm

Another shade of this dependable perennial and favorite for hummingbirds. Bee balm (Monarda).

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Orange Zinnias

Good, old dependable zinnias. This splash of orange is bordering veggies in a garden bed.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Magenta Bee Balm

Another bee balm (Monarda) plant in a slightly different shade of pinkish purple. This plant is a perennial that spreads just a bit. The leaves have a light lemon scent.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Crazy Daisies

These Shasta Daisies are called Crazy Daisies. Some flowers are fringed and curled, and some aren't, although they're all on the same plant.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sugar Snap Peas

We call them snow peas, and they ripened late this year. Plus, our cool spring has helped prolong their life. They will wither in the heat.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Flower with a Court Jester Hat

This is the flower of a bee balm (Monarda) just starting to bloom. Hummingbirds really love these plants, and I have several in different colors.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Produce is Ripening

The first one of the season. This zucchini was chopped up and sauteed with chicken in jerk seasoning, and then plopped in a salad of lettuce, corn, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Peach Rose

This peach colored rose really has a light peach scent. As this rose opens and ages, it turns light yellow.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Miss America Rose

A winner for poise and beauty in my rose garden, this hot magenta rose has always been a stand-out.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Butterfly Bush

I was hoping to find a customer here, but no luck today. This is a butterfly bush (Buddleia).

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme. This is a favorite of bees and butterflies, and sprigs are perfect for chicken dishes.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Munstead Lavender

The Munstead lavender is blooming. The flowers are lighter colored than the Hidcote lavender, and the scent is sweeter and lilac-like.

Oriental Lily

The Oriental lilies are blooming on the east side of the house. These plants took a couple of years to recover after a big hail storm ripped them to shreds.

Friday, July 3, 2009

They're On The Way

My coveted garden bed crop may have a few goodies to share in a couple of weeks. I grow mostly cherry tomatoes for salads, snacking and salsa.

Garden Bed Splash of Color

A small clump of dianthus to brighten up the corner of a garden bed.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Poppy Seed Pod

The Oriental poppies are done for the season. This is one of the seed heads left behind.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Blue Star Creeper

Blue star creeper is a ground cover I use around the air conditioning unit. It stays low and out of the way.