|Container hosta nestled between nepeta and Japanese painted ferns,|
growing beneath a tree-form Encore® Azalea. May 2013
Colors show true in photos when the skies are overcast. On a typical, bright sunny morning in my south-facing garden, it is difficult to catch the true bloom colors as the rays of the sun cast a yellow-orange glow. I compared the two conditions in this photo post in 2009.
So, I'll stop complaining about wearing a raincoat outside and running the heat inside and share today's garden highlights in the lowlight.
Perennial blue flax, grown from seeds originally sown in 2009, continues to return or self-sow. Flax is a favorite and I have two varieties that, when transplanted early in spring, are welcome fillers in bare spots. Otherwise, I let it go where it sows as the slender foliage takes up little space. Deer and rabbit resistant. For more photos of this companion, click here for 2011 and here for 2010.
|Two views of perennial blue flax. May 2013|
|Spires of salvia nemorosa Bordeaux™ 'Steel Blue'. May 2013|
|Salvia 'May Night'. May 2013|
The shades of red in my salvia greggii have a more accurate representation on cloudy days. I'm a fan of this drought-tolerant perennial that blooms heavily in spring and fall, and is loved by hummingbirds. Below are two of my favorites, but take a look at this post on April 26, 2012 and you can see the difference the cooler weather has made. Today's blooms are nowhere near the display of last year. Deer and rabbit resistant.
|Salvia greggii 'Diane' is a lovely purple-red. May 2013.|
|I failed to capture the quick hummingbird feeding on |
salvia greggii 'Navajo Bright Red'. May 2013.
|Verbena 'Imagination' dangles over the cottage garden stream.|
I've been using my iPhone for many photos lately, but for today's post, all photos were taken with my Samsung HZ30W, purchased in 2011.
Until there are more blooms in my garden...enjoy yours.
|Amsonia hubrichtii at the edge of the gravel garden. May 2013.|
|Words and photos by Freda Cameron, Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel. Deer and rabbit resistance varies based upon the animal population and availability of food. All company or product or patented names mentioned are registered trademarks, copyrights, or patents owned by those respective companies or persons.|