A lot's been happening in the garden. It seems that each morning when I first take a look
things have changed since the day before.
How do plants grow so fast?
Take the butterfly weed, Gay Butterflies, for instance.
How did it get from this, on April 17th...
...to this today?
I'll spare us all yet more photos of the Russell lupine, but how about those seeds?
Bachelor Buttons are starting to bloom. I'm pretty sure they are a deeper blue than in previous years.
These are all self-seeded from last year. I bought seeds, Winter Sowed them, and gave the entire milk jug of the seedlings away!
This is my favorite color. It's the color of my front door.
And the interior kitchen door. And the interior of the French doors out to the deck. And the... you get the idea! It looks great with yellow, don't you think?
The yarrow in the Butterfly Garden, and in all three Fruit Tree Guilds, is full of buds. They fooled a butterfly a few days ago, who landed, and must have been disappointed. They will be bright yellow when they open. It's "Moonshine." Which sounds like it would be white, and look just like it does now!
The Uptick™ (really, it's trademarked, which seems to mean the name is protected, not the plant, which is good, since this particular one reproduces like a rabbit!) coreopsis is coming back very nicely. In fact, it not only self-seeded, it seems to have propagated a few plants from its underground rhizomes. The "mother" plant is in the center, there are two small ones above and one below. I have rooted pieces successfully, and transplanted them in several garden beds. It's a good think I love coreopsis! I just hope it doesn't get the earwigs it did last year.
There are nice tasty buds.
The bareroot pink coneflower look nice. This is only with use of snail bait. The coneflower in the Pollinator Garden has been chewed down to the ground twice.
I try not to use pesticides and such, but am not opposed to it when needed!
I also kill weeds non-organically, and make no apologies, since I've tried the "green" methods to no success.
Anemone Blanda is dying back. The odd round seed pods are dropping individual round seeds.
"Panorama Red Shades" bee balm is back. It's already looking chewed. Of all the plants in this bed, it's the only one that gets this way. Usually later in the season. I may just rip it out. There's enough in the bed it won't be missed. I doubt I'd get it all out though, it's pretty invasive.
"Ultra Violet" autumn salvia is up, which makes me happy. It's pal, "Radio Red," was lost during the winter.
There are seedlings of all sorts, from seeds I just flung in a few weeks ago, and some I transplanted from Winter Sow jugs. Black-eyed Susan. Blanket flower. Purple coneflower. Blue Monday and Pink Sunday salvia. Godetia.
Lemony catnip, in several places, was grown last year from seed, and it's all coming back quickly.
There are still mysteries. I think this might be common milkweed, there were seeds of it in the
pollinator mix seeds from the Dollar Tree.
But, the same thing has been growing under the lupine, and I don't remember planting it there.
It sure looks like milkweed.
These mysteries are actually fun!
There were more than 500 California poppy seeds tossed all over the yard. Yes,
that many. Not all Golden, but I did have lots of those. I bought Red Chief, Purple Gleam, and
Ivory Castle, but so far every bloom is the regular California Golden poppy. Pretty, but where are the others? Maybe these are the earliest. The ones in the Pollinator Garden, Herb bed, and bare ground around the yard haven't bloomed yet. Just the ones that were probably the volunteers from last year, in the Butterfly Garden and near the iris next to the beds.
I guess if I could only have one color, it would be these.
It's a good thing there are small lance-leaf coreopsis around, the big parent plant is being smothered by the Shasta daisy! You can see it above, behind the poppies, and below, filling the entire left-hand side of the bed. The coreopsis is under there somewhere. I like it better than the fancier Uptick™. Come to think of it now, I think there are some transplanted annual red plains coreopsis in here somewhere!
Last is a nice healthy mystery. It's a bit familiar, and seems to have come up from underground like it's a returning perennial, but, I didn't have those here last year. It looks a bit like black-eyed Susan, but it isn't as fuzzy. And it was never round-petaled. Plus, there were no black-eyed Susans growing here last year. There was Mexican red sunflower though, and when very, very young, the leaves were similar.
So, another exciting mystery to keep a watch on!