I did go out this morning to take some photos to post for Tootsie's Flaunt Your Flowers/Fertilizer Friday.
Here is the view from our dining room window:
Before the current neighbors moved in, this area was overgrown with trees and weeds that overtook the smoke tree that had been there before. I started this bed last summer, at the same time I started the vegetable garden, which is on the other side of the garage. Most of the plants are from my yard, but some I bought last year. I only added three daylilies this year. Some of the plants that I thought were annuals, came back this year. I am still battling weeds and the trees still want to grow. The green to the left of the knautia is a group of trees I've been clipping back.
Yes, the knautia is from my yard.
The butterfly bushes were supposed to be dwarf, and they are smaller than some, but they are larger than they got last year.
I got one of these to put in the garbage can area, too, where it is about the same size as these. I don't remember their name. I wonder if they are 'Blue Chip'. I found that by looking up dwarf butterfly bushes.
I am going to have to move the 'Fireworks' goldenrod (from my yard) closest to the smoke tree, because when I told the owner of the home that it was coming up, he asked me to let it grow. I was glad to, because I always liked it.
I wonder how long it will take for the smoke tree to get big again. I sure like the color!
Here's the view from the side. These daylilies are from my yard.
There's a locust tree trying to grow here. This is from a different plant than the similar bloom above.
Here's the view from the house side. I need to get a plant support for one of the rudbeckias that's falling over.
The black-eyed Susans are blooming a bit sooner here than where I dug them out from last year at our house.
These rudbeckias may be 'Prairie Sun'. They were sold as annuals. I hope they come back next year. The coneflowers may be 'Ruby Star'.
I don't remember if this liatris is from my yard, or if I found it somewhere for a good price.
I bought three daylilies this spring from a sale put on by our local community garden group. The tag on this said it was red. It's more orange, but I like it.
The tag on this said, 'Strawberry Candy'. I looked up images, and it does look like them. I'll have to get a start from it in the spring for my yard. The third one hasn't bloomed yet.
The catmint came from our yard, too. The small plant in the middle is a snapdragon that came up from last year.
This bed gets minimal care, and I did not water it much last year. It's rained a lot this year, so I haven't watered it at all, except for the new daylilies, which only got watered a few times after being planted. I'd say it looks pretty good for a two year old bed.
I've cut back the couple clumps of boltonia, and they keep growing back tallish. They will add lots of blooms later in the summer.
When I walk back across the street, if I have my camera, I always take photos of our house and yard.
I will be back upstairs, working to get rid of the clutter tomorrow. I would appreciate prayers for me to make good use of my time, and make good decisions about what to do with things.
If I had Tootsie's energy, I'd be finished by now. Be sure to see what's going on her way, and see who else has linked in this week. Oh, and be sure to read her Tuesday post. That woman is more creative than anyone I know!