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
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
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!
This little plant won’t make it through the summer heat, but she’s a cheery site for as long as she’s with us
Although I’m not as freaked out by receiving bare root roses in the mail as I was at first, it still amazes me how quickly my David Austin roses take to my Texas garden. This year’s addition, Roald Dahl is happily blooming. Coincidentally, the April photo on my DA calendar is the same rose except mine is more pale yellow than apricot.
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.