I decided to call my post today “Joyous” because when I was out walking the dogs early this morning I couldn’t help but feel exactly that! I can smell Jasmine and Viburnum everywhere and the weather is the kind of weather that makes you just want to spend every waking hour outside, which is exactly what I have been doing for the last couple of days.
Plants are responding to the lengthening daylight and the warmth and sunshine are bringing out the best in the garden.
Bougainvillea by the front sitting area
Lots of the Cosmos started to flower in the last couple of weeks. I love the range of colors and the fact that they keep blooming as long as you pick.
This is Cosmos Double Click
My favorite color!
Other flowers from the cutting garden that are blooming happily are the Calendula.
Again, I keep picking and they respond with more and more!
Calendula and a few Dahlia
In the back garden the orange terrestrial orchids are still flowering – they go on for months. This back bed is waking up too. I use lots of hot colors in here as it is the main color bed in the garden during the summer. Yellow and orange Lantana spill over the wall and there are various Canna lilies and Hawaiian Ti plants too.
Amaryllis or Hippeastrum from Christmas’ past get put in this bed as well and its fun to see them flower year after year in the spring.
In the bed where I am growing most of the new roses I also have various Salvias. Salvia Amistad has been fantastic this spring and is usually covered in bees. It’s always interesting to note how bees take a particular liking to a certain plant. This Salvia is always covered in a black bee which I haven’t seen before and yet the regular honey bees are not that partial to it. Unless perhaps bees get territorial with their flowers and don’t like to share?!
Salvia Amistad with Le Vesuve Rose in the foreground
The last two photos are of a new pillar rose I am trying called Mier y Teran. An Earthkind rose, it is supposedly tough and disease resistant. I have loved watching its blooms unfurl this week.
I know from Instagram that many of you from more northern areas have seen cold and even snowy weather in the last week and I have actually felt guilty for posting sunny and flowery photos! I’m sure Spring will be with you soon….It has certainly been an interesting year for weather, but I will be joyful about ours while it lasts – Hot and humid is not too far away for us!