End of May

A few more flowers have appeared towards the end of May but I’m mainly tidying and pulling up plants to collect seeds for next year. Those bluebonnet seeds that cost $30 a bag don’t seem so expensive after you’ve spent 2 hours collecting seeds and barely have enough to cover the bottom of my containers! Larkspur and poppie seeds on the other hand are abundant. And so much easier to collect.

It’s a pretty boring job though so I took a couple of photos whenever I needed a break:

Already thinking about 2019…

It was a hotty today but a good few hours were spent seed collecting for 2019. We’d already made a dent into extracting lots of poppy seeds, so today I focused on the blue bonnets and larkspur. Still got the most tedious step to go—actually separating out the seeds, but it will be fine if I find a good telly program to watch. Also pulled some pods from my mystery shrub that has flowers that are a purple version of bluebonnet blooms

Braving a peak at the side garden

I know I need to give some attention to the side garden but I’ve been postponing what seems a bit overwhelming.  Today I ventured over there to see if I could at least identify a place t stay and instead was distracted by a couple of new bloomers! A self-starting poppy that is different than my other varieties, the burning red coral bean, the first of the orange cosmos, and the reliable orange trumpet vine

All grown up

What seems like a  couple of years ago but was probably about a decade or more, Chris’ Uncle Larry gifted us two sapling trees. He had over purchased and hadn’t enough room for them. We plonked them in the ground at the side of the house. This morning, chatting to our neighbor Trish as she hacked down a branch of her own tree that had been in a bit of a tussle with a speeding garbage truck, I glanced over and saw how majestic one of the little saplings looks now. I hadn’t noticed it from my side of the road.

May pinks and oranges

The daylilies from Knott, Texas are prolific this year. This week I also saw the first bloom on my Rose of Sharon and I got the first look at my hydrangea—it’s supposed to be blue but I still like it. I even used the special soil formulated to bring out the blue…oh well!

Beginning of May 2018

We had friends staying with us for the week and spent a lot of time enjoying the patio and looking at the flowers. I roped them into deadheading poppies and collecting the seeds while we relaxed! The larkspur have taken over from the poppies and I’m sure we will have to collect those seeds soon—right after the bluebonnet seeds. It’s nice to be at the point where I can share seeds with friends. I also got my first look at a couple of new bulbs that I must have planted last year and forgotten all about!

Sunday pottering

A pleasant Sunday morning spent pottering—tying back or cutting back shrubs, staking up my tomato plants and taking a few photos of blooms I hadn’t spotted before. I could swear the bushes behind the pool have never had white blooms on them for the past seven years, or maybe I’ve never noticed. The red columbine that didn’t appear last year is back, and my drift roses are happy. Plus some different iris that I must purchased last season, coneflower from my neighbor, a replaces purple Datura and a lovely combo of larkspur and poppy

Wall flower

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been enjoying a book about Sissinghurst gardens. I decided to try their trailing method on my Wollerton Old Hall David Austin roses. Today, Chris helped me stake a few stems to the wall so I could remove the trellis that she had already outgrown.

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