Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Colors

We were in Seattle over the holiday weekend - more on garden visits and plant purchases there soon - and I came back to the garden blooming even more gloriously than just a few days before, due to ample heat and rain. The lilies are at their peak, the zinnias and marigolds are beginning to bloom more and more, and the petunias are running wild. Yet somehow the Shirley poppies, pot marigolds, garland chrysanthemums, and sweet peas are somehow also still going strong.

The central section of the garden as seen from one end...

... and as seen from the other

Another Shirley poppy (Papaver rhoeas cv.), this one semi-double and bright pink

 Asiatic lilies (Lilium cv.) at their best, with 'Orange Hawaii' African marigolds (Tagetes erecta 'Orange Hawaii'), balsam (Impatiens balsamina), and cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) coming up in between 

A close-up of one of those lilies

The first balsam plant to be in full bloom

Cilantro/coriander (Coriandrum sativum) and a 'Resina' pot marigold (Calendula officinalis 'Resina')

Fewerfew (Tanacetum parthenium) - I was hoping for the double kind, but these are still lovely

Inflorescences of Persian basil (Ocimum cv.) and parsley (Petroselinum crispum) against a backdrop of rice foliage and 'Tashkent' marigolds

A zinnia of the cactus-flowered kind (Zinnia elegans cv.)

Indoors, too, there have been beautiful blooms, as last night the Epiphyllum strictum opened another two big, fragrant flowers.

Epiphyllum strictum blooming in the sun room

The only problem in the garden this week has been that as everything has shot up and grown so fast I have had to stake and tie things up on all sides to keep things half-way manageable and the various plants out of each others' way. As soon as it gets windy, things start shifting and flopping about all over the way. One sunflower just snapped clean off two days ago where I had made the mistake of tying something to the stem. The twine had constricted the rapidly swelling stem, and the massive plant toppled down as if sliced through by a cheese slicer once a gust of wind tore through the garden.
 One always learns new things in the garden.


  1. They are so lovely, beautiful. I do always amazed to your poppy and also lilies. Plants that so difficult to be grown on our climate, especially on the low-medium land like as mine. Looks so lush, I grow some plants like yours. Last week I planted daylily, and I hope it will adapt to the weather in my garden.

    1. I hope your daylilies do well! I have definitely seen them in wet tropical climates and they appear to be very adaptable, so hopefully they will do nicely!

  2. A little mishap but the joy of seeing all those blooms when you got home!

    1. Luckily it was only one of several anyway.


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