I am trying to soak in every minute of this month in the garden. So many new flowers opening each week that I don’t want to miss any of them. I take daily walks in the garden to see how things are growing. If I see a problem, be it a pest or a stressed out plant, I can usually nip it in the bud. This year I have planted some different annual flowers. I love the funny names some flowers have like love in a mist and poor mans orchid. Have you noticed how many plant names have romantic symbolism? How about bridal wreath and bachelors button? Lets take a look at a couple in the garden this week.
The Schizanthus above is a pretty plant. It blooms in late spring but will start to decline with the heat of summer. I had to try a planting of them in the back garden. The trees and shrubs have grown and what used to be a sunny garden now has some shade. I hope the shade in this garden will extend the bloom on the Schizanthus. It’s commonly known as poor man’s orchid or butterfly flower and comes in many pastel colours.
On the wild side of the garden along the bank, feverfew is in full bloom. Not much grows here except weeds so it’s a welcome sight. Feverfew is a wonderful filler in a vase of flowers. Try it in place of baby’s breath. The real name for this plant is actually Tanacetum parthenium. The name feverfew comes from the latin word febrifugia which means fever reducer.
Nigella or love in a mist is in bloom this week. Who doesn’t love blue flowers in the garden? This annual self sows each year. Let the puffy seed pods mature on the plant and you will have Nigella in the garden for years to come.
In early spring I planted some seeds to attract pollinating insects.The flower above is new this week. I am not sure what it is. It reminds me of Godetia. Not only does it have peachy-pink flowers but pink stems as well.
I don’t often grow Marigolds but this year I wanted to add them as companion crops in the new kitchen garden. The Marigold in the foreground is a red signet Marigold and behind it is Marigold ‘Bonanza Mix’. I was intrigued by the thought of a red Marigold and will save seed from this one as the blooms finish. Did you know there are hundreds of seeds in the spent blooms of Marigolds?
Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ has opened its first flower. The package of seeds showed a deep purple flower, not this dark pink one. I have paired this with Zinnia ‘Green Envy’ and can’t wait to see how well they look together.
Everything is out of the greenhouse including the succulents. My neighbour gave us a cement bird bath with a small crack in it. I knew the succulents would look great in it. The little birds are one of my thrift shop finds. They love their new home.
Senecio has its yellow daisy like flowers this week. I usually cut them off but farmer Jim said how lovely they were so they will stay. You see he dislikes Senecio and wants it moved. Maybe if I let it flower he will change his mind. I used this plant in an area that gets the most sun. The tiny hairs on the leaves of this plant help it to retain moisture.
Its poppy season and the peach poppy is out. I love poppies and can’t wait for some of my annual poppies to bloom. Did I tell you I was growing black poppies this year? They should be open any day now.
Hardy geraniums really add to the garden this month. This one reaches about two feet high and about the same across. They are workhorses in the garden and come in so many colours. I paired this with the Coreopsis and the contrast is amazing.
Today I am linking over at May Dreams Gardens to share my flowers on garden bloggers bloom day which happens on the 15th of each month.