|Beeeeautiful blooming shamrocks!|
On St. Patty's Day my husband brought me a couple of little tiny shamrock plants in small pots, (such a pleasure in March when winter's just letting go) and we babied them through early spring and planted them outside in larger pots when it was warm enough. I had no idea they could bloom like this. Usually they stay pretty small, and I've never seen them bloom before. They LOOOoooooVE this cool, wet weather.
|Sweet purple Capanula capanuling with our dancing rabbit|
I also love this little purple capanula plant that he brought home in a pot a few months ago. This one will sleep during the winter if we put it in the ground and come up under the warm spring sunshine next year.
|The happy pot of zinnias and sanvitallia|
We were sitting outside soaking up the twilight rays of sunshine before making dinner tonight and I noticed that the zinnias have the most interesting growth habit. There's a little crown of tiny flowers right in the middle of a whole big flower. I enjoyed imagining what kind of fairy might be playing around this one, all crowned with a wreath of flowers and sporting a flowing orange cape. Hm, maybe a painting to come inspired by that one....
This is one of our very favorites this year, called Evolvulus. We'd never had this one before, but I'd plant it again in a minute! The leaves, though I'm not sure the camera does them justice, are a very deep green, which is delicious, and the flowers are true blue, which is unusual and pretty hard to find aside from delphiniums and forget-me-nots. They really like when it rains and thunders - I pull them out from under the porch roof and into the rain and they spring up like they've just had their vitamins the next day (which they pretty much have, from the nitrogen in the rain).
|Close-up of the Evolvulus blossom - blooms ALL summer!|
|Our jurassic fern|
Every year we put a couple of ferns out and we like to replant them in some really large baskets. They grow sooooo big and I love them! I like the way the new leaves have pale green tips and the mature ones are more blue. I can't stand taking these down when the cold weather comes and I long for a greenhouse to overwinter them. We visited a conservatory a few years ago and I remember seeing a fern that was many many years old, and absolutely HUGE. It was awesome. I adore ferns.
|Bennie's getting some good sniffs!|
We planted a bunch of herbs in various pots this year and we've really enjoyed it, and Bennie has too. He's standing behind the cilantro, which has bolted and flopped, time to put this pot away until next year.
We had all kinds of herbs growing and Rob popped out many times while cooking dinner to grab some fresh from the warm sunshine - nothing better!
|Can't you just taste the parsley?!|
|Lavender - not for cooking but great for fragrance!|
|Bunny and her begonias|
|This is what we do while the herbs and flowers grow : ))|
|Little Gnome garden sculpture serenading everyone under the maple tree|
Here's some visiting time with Rob and Lil Bear, who was flirting cause it was just about his supper time too (Lil Bear that is).
|Lil Bear is flirting for his supper.|
|Flirting with the camera too. I'll give him anything he wants!|
|Bennie is watching an ant cross the patio. He's got bling!|
|My LOoooooOOooooove. Lil Bear. He's got man whiskers.|
|Rob and Jen's Condiment Store|
|Really eye rolling yummy|
Here's to end of summer, beginning of beautiful fall, garden tributes, and sweet time with hubby and pups!