Hi friends! I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. I thought I'd share some flower gardening ideas with you along with a little bit that's going on in our lives. May has been a busy month!
Everything is blooming and growing here at the Crossroads. We got our vegetable garden planted in April along with lots of flowers. You see, we had to get it all done because I was scheduled for cataract surgery May 1. The barrel above was planted with pink mandevilla, pink wave petunias, white lobelia, white angelonia, and a slew of various colored petunia volunteers. (Gotta love free plants!)
The pots on posts, which are located near the barrel and in front of my mother's apartment, were all planted with annuals in various shades of pink. We've had beautiful spring weather during May, and those flowers have been especially beautiful.
This one has a mix of verbena and the prettiest variegated petunias! If you'd like more details on how we put these flower baskets on posts, you can read all about it here: HOW TO MOUNT FLOWER BASKETS ONTO WOODEN POSTS.
Some of the baskets and nearby planters contain pink Wave petunias and they are growing like gangbusters. After such fast growth, they will be needing some fertilizer soon to keep them looking their best.
The window boxes on a nearby storage building were planted with a mix of verbena and creeping jenny. The creeping jenny (the green plant) is a perennial and comes back each spring.
The urns at the front of our house got planted with a brighter palette. I used a mix of cypress trees, red wave petunias, and yellow callibrochoa (million bells.) If you look closely, you will see a drip system that we use to keep them watered.
Two of the urns also have red mandevilla growing in them. The urns are actually concrete urns that we've had a long time and are beginning to disintegrate. I thought about slapping some black paint on them, but Leo said that he liked their patina. You've got to love a man who understands patina!
And here is my new favorite plant! These urns receive a lot of hot sun from the west every afternoon, but this red apple ice plant (aptenia cordifolia) is flourishing in the heat!
Here's a better view of its pretty red blossoms where it is growing in the SUCCULENT BIRDBATH PLANTER in the garden.
The Major Wheeler honeysuckle vine is on its third year in this corner. It is a wonderful climber, and I have it planted in several places.
Hummingbirds love it, as you can imagine.
Near this corner are some hanging baskets that I put together last month. In them are blue lobelia, white bacopa, yellow callibrochoa, and a spiky plant whose name eludes me right now. Did you know that there are 2 types of lobelia? I put the trailing kind in the baskets, and I have the mounding kind growing in the herb bed (underneath the baskets.) The blue flowers are bee magnets so that's why I include lobelia in our garden.
I always intermingle flowers among the vegetables in the raised beds. These compact, mounding profusion zinnias are perfect for growing in pots and also attract pollinators.
The white Henryi clematis that I planted two years ago is really putting on a show right now.
Last year I planted some Easter lilies in the garden. They didn't bloom in time for Easter this year but have been beautiful during the past few weeks.
Although I planted some sunflower seeds last month, this plant was a volunteer that sprang up in the middle of one of the raised beds. Look at the numerous flower heads on that one plant!
The potato plants have started blooming and you know what that means, don't ya? The potatoes are ready and the few that we have dug already have been delicious!
There are marigolds planted in between the tomato plants and they've all been blooming this month.
This year we are trying something a little different. We have planted some of the cucumber vines in plastic pots and they are growing up the fence. These are doing much better than the ones planted in the ground!
And don't you think that these onion flowers are gorgeous in their own right?
But the flowers that I've enjoyed the most this spring are the ones planted under the old pecan tree in the yard. We've been blessed with recent rains so they are about twice the size as you see them here. The impatiens and the caladiums do well in the shade of the tree.
I hope that I've given you a few flower gardening ideas today. Now, back to that cataract surgery that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. I really have been having a tough time this month. I've briefly mentioned that I have an autoimmune disease that affects my eyes. Well, the surgery and the drops caused a flareup of my disease, and I've made numerous trips to Charleston to see my ophthalmologist to get it under control. I'm better now, but I still don't have great vision out of that eye yet. And Leo has had several eye appointments lately too, with cataract surgery scheduled for him in July! Last week we had 5 appointments in one week with another one coming up this Tuesday.
I really just want to sit back and watch the flowers grow!