|Asiatic lily |
|lilies amid the hostas|
Here are the three lilies planted among the hostas in the backyard garden. They finally bloomed about a week ago. Their fragrance is heavenly.
This is a photo of a little slip of a butterfly bush I bought at a garden club plant sale this past spring. It was planted in the side garden in May.
Here is the butterfly bush now with its first bloom.
This week the first bloom appeared on the glossy abelia shrub planted in the side garden.
The crepe myrtle tree also had its first bloom this week.
Although I bought zinnia plants in May for the side garden to quickly fill up all the empty space, I really like to grow them from seed. After reading Adrian Higgins garden column in the Washington Post two weeks ago where he said it wasn't too late to plant zinnia seeds, I immediately went out and bought some and planted two rows of them. This is a photo of the seedlings after two weeks of planting.
When I bought the zinnia seeds I also bought some cosmos seeds. I always like to have cosmos somewhere in the garden, and I hadn't gotten around to planting any cosmos seeds this spring. I thought, "Well, if I'm going to plant zinnia seeds I might as well plant cosmos seeds too". I planted two rows of the cosmos seeds in the backyard garden.
We've had another week of rain here. It has rained every day since July 6th, and I'm really fed up with the weather. Some of my plants have mildew, and there's all sorts of fungi growing in the yard. I hope we get the hot, sunny weather that's forecasted for this week. Maybe it will dry everyhing up, and the yard won't be so squishy anymore.