It so seemed like spring was dragging its heels this year, and then POW, everything is in color!
I think I used to be a snob about snap dragons, and not like them so much because they seemed so common. Can you be a flower snob? That’s me. But now I like snap dragons because they give color for most of the summer and self-sow their seeds for next year. Who can ask for more?
This coral colored snap dragon just appeared with the hydrangeas this year. I already dug up and moved the burgandy-colored ones.
And here’s some snap dragons mixing indiscriminately with the sweet william.
I love the sweet william a whole lot more than the snap dragons, but it flowers only every-other-year and how aggravating is that? I always look for seed packets at every seed display in town, but I’ve never seen any. I would sow the seeds in the off-year so ever afterward there would be flowers every year. The seed people are thwarting me, though. I especially love this pattern that looks like a “Pink” flower.
I wasn’t too much a fan of the sweet peas at first, either, but you know what? They make bright flowers and flower all summer long, and then drop lots of seeds. Again, who can complain about that? This particular flower pictured is using a slowpoke carnation as a ladder.
If I remember right, this rose is a William Shakespeare and it grows to 12-feet, BUT it only flowers once. For the whole year. This rose pictured? That’s the only one this year. (This is year two for the plant, the stems are about five feet long and still spindly.)
I love this Prairie Star rose. A hint of blush, and it flower flower flowers all summer.
Behind the grapes is another climbing rose, this one must have spread out for 20 feet. I did some serious clipping today, as it’s been encroaching on the picnic table. I wish I could remember what this one is called, it smells wonderful.
And lastly, this hydrangea is paired with the one in the first photo. Yet the first one is all abloom and growing taller, while this one appears stunted and last year this is as finished as its flowers ever became. What’s wrong with it? Is there a fix? I question whether it’s the soil, or if it’s the plant. Any ideas? Should I just try again with another one? It’s an Anabelle hydrangea, and should grow into an immense plant.
And that’s the garden in June!