So many of my favorite flowers have come into bloom in the last week or so, I have decided that this is my favorite part of the summer in my garden. But I'll probably feel the same way when the nicotiana, four o'clocks, balsam, snapdragons, and everything else come into bloom later on!
The peonies are lovely, but sadly we've been getting downpours almost every day, so they won't last long. The Sweet Williams always amaze me...every year the same plants bloom in a different color! This year there are even a few doubles. And of course the foxgloves...I just love them! Unfortunatetly, the seed company I got them from no longer has them, so I plan on saving as much seed as I can!
The single stocks aren't very showy, but I like their simple flowers and they smell to me like cloves or allspice!
Another storm on the way...
Someday I would like to make a formal herb garden. I was really inspired by the herb garden at the NYBG, as well as a friend's herb garden that I got to see last week!
For now, my herbs are just mixed in with all the flowers. The small garden around the birdbath was supposed to be an herb garden, but I couldn't resist planting some flowers there, too!
Here are some of my favorites in the garden this afternoon...
There are 2 petunias open in the barrel planters now. They are so fragrant...one of my dogs buried her nose in a flower yesterday, and then sneezed!
In the vegetable garden...
And just for the fun of it...a close-up of one of the heliotrope, or cherry pie plants. They are really pretty now, but I had my fears when I first planted them out. Maybe it was because the night temperatures were often in the low 40s, but they sulked for a couple of weeks. Then just when I had almost given up and was thinking about pulling them out, they recovered!
I am a passionate gardener and seed-saver, who also enjoys playing the violin and accordion, running, spending time with my 4 golden retrievers, keeping chickens, photography, and reading. I also blog for Heirloom Gardener.