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Friday, May 24, 2013

This week in the garden - #65

April showers bring May flowers, so they say. We didn't really have that many April showers, but it was enough, I guess, because we surely do have May flowers!

 The Alstroemeria has been in bloom since I added it to the garden several weeks ago.

Each new day seems to bring a new reseeded sunflower in bloom.

May also means sweet oleander blossoms.

In the wildflower garden the horsemint is in bloom now. Bees and butterflies love this plant.

The prairie coneflowers, sometimes called "Mexican hats," are in bloom.

And among them are these tickseed flowers.

I added celosia to some of my beds for a little extra color.

The garden always manages to give me a few surprises. Like these white petunias. To the best of my memory, I have never planted white petunias. And yet here they are - reseeded from...somewhere. A gift of the wind.

 In the bottle tree bed, the red yucca is almost blooming.

Along the back fence, the elderberries are full of these white umbels. Bees and butterflies love them and birds love the purple berries that come afterward.

The old-fashioned 4 o'clocks are full of blooms.

And almost every day, we get a new and different daylily opening. Today it was this one.  

Some insect really seems to like these hybrid datura blossoms. I think every one that has opened so far has had insect damage.

 But the native datura that started blooming this week was unblemished.

On the back porch, the red geraniums bloom in their pot. I have to have red geraniums somewhere in the garden.

 And over it all, the queen of the May garden, the magnolia, still reigns supreme.


We picked our first zucchini from the veggie garden this week, but, in the back garden where the blueberries are beginning to ripen, the birds are picking the fruit as soon as they start to turn blue. I'll be lucky to be able to salvage enough for one batch of blueberry muffins.


  1. You have lots of beautiful blooms in your garden, Dorothy. It's a pity the insects are getting to your hybrid datura blossoms. Interesting to note that the native datura seems unaffected. We've got some lovely daylilies at the moment too. I'm glad I made room for them in the island bed.

    1. It's hard to beat daylilies for dependability of bloom and hardiness - not to mention beauty.

  2. Gorgeous, love the Mexican Hat and that Sunflower.

    1. I planted a packet of sunflower seeds last year and several have reseeded themselves. This is one of them. I'm glad it came back. It was one of my favorites.