It seem's we've gone from winter to summer in the blink of an eye. Wasn't it just the other day I was stressing over the fact that we got snow, after I had already begun planting?
Well, this weekend it was HOT!! And I normally do not complain about the heat, I just deal with it. But this was a tough weekend to be out in the garden. The humidity was brutal, and I had to take frequent breaks with a nice frosty iced tea.
Despite the hot, sticky weather, I managed to get everything planted that was waiting on the sidelines. And believe me, there was quite the pile!
It's all in.
I don't know what to do with myself!
Believe me, there are plenty of projects on my list to keep me busy.
But, for now, I'm just going to enjoy the garden.
I grabbed my camera and went for a stroll around the property. Here's what caught my eye:
The Chives are blooming in the perennial bed. The Chives on the deck are right behind them.
Now this is Snow in Summer I don't mind seeing!
I put in fifteen new Dianthus plants this spring, five different varieties. They are just such a happy plant in bloom, and the blue tinged foliage is a lovely contrast in the garden when they are not blooming. Dianthus is perfect at the edge of a bed, where they get lots of drainage.
The Pansies and Violas are still going strong, but they wouldn't be able to take that heat for long. Thankfully, things will be cooling off around here now, and we don't typically get hot spells too often up here on the mountain top.
The three mature Lilac trees are all in bloom right now. I think the white is my favorite - the flowers are absolutely lovely, a bright spot in the landscape. And the aroma, oh my! Heavenly.
Another Dianthus, a smaller variety. You may also know Dianthus by their common name, Pinks.
Accessories are like jewelry for a garden. This is the same angel Brenda has over at Cozy Little House....I fell in love with it instantly when I saw it on her patio.
It's impossible to capture just how glorious the new tree is in the afternoon light. The sun shines through the red leaves, and they glow like stained glass. I am so delighted with the choice I made, it's a perfect addition to my landscape.
The Rhododendron is just starting to bloom, and the flowers are so gorgeous! The foundation plantings around the back and one side of my home are a mix of Rhododendrons and various evergreens. I've started adding to that, for a little contrast. I've never been much of a minimalist, that's for sure!
Look who was peeking out of one of the evergreens! There's a family of Robins in there right now, and I see the parents pulling worms out of my veggie garden each morning to feed their growing family.
There are 4 or 5 babies crammed into that tiny nest - it won't be long before they are out on their own.
I've been adding birdhouses around my property to entice some new tenants. No takers yet!
I love the color of this little blue flower. I can't remember what it's called, but it caught my eye immediately at the garden center.
Even the Rhododendron buds are gorgeous!
Looks like I'm going to get a few Strawberries this year. I guess they are happy planted under the Currant and Raspberry bushes.
The Currant bushes are absolutely loaded with berries - how exciting! This is the Red Currant.
And the Black Currant. I can't tell you how thrilled I am!
I think I'll get a few Blueberries this year also! That is, if the critters leave me any.
What's happening in your garden?