Thanks so much to everyone who sent me photos to use in my PowerPoint presentation in my containers class. The class went well and I got some positive feedback, which I'm sure was based in large part on your photos!
Things are in full bloom in my garden. Let's take a short walk. It's not so humid today, and I've made us lemonade.
The sage makes a nice backdrop for the blanket flower, don't you think?
We've had a lot of rain this spring and my various salvia got quite big. I love this combo with Jupiter's beard.
I grew this baptisia from seed (don't you just love the rattly seed pods in fall?) and, after five years, it's really come into its own.
It's a little hard to see, but I love the pink coral bell flowers in the background of the lavender buds--they both sway in the breeze and look so elegant.
I'm so excited that my yucca has finally (after two? three? years) sent up a flower stalk! It's about five feet tall. And my oh-so-cute Diablo ninebark is flowering its heart out in the background. I got these (there's a twin out of sight) a few years ago in gallon containers for $3.33 at a Home Depot fall sale. They have really taken off!
This spiderwort is next to my front door and I love seeing its friendly flowers as I leave for work. They close up in the sun. That's a purple sand cherry to its left and some Russian sage behind it, which blooms after the spiderwort has died back.
To the left of the sand cherry is my groovy little prickly pear cactus. It has not flowered in the previous few years, so I can't quite tell if that new growth is in fact flower buds, or more cactus sections. Do you know? It kind of looks like a lobster, doesn't it? Mmmmmm... lobster.
And look! Remember the groundhog eating my lettuce and kohlrabi? Most of the lettuces and one of the kohlrabis have grown back (though who knows for how long they'll remain intact!). There are also some cosmos and zinnia seedlings farther down. And the tomatoes look nice, too. Clearly, the groundhogs did not like their foliage, but my friend Amy tells me she has seen a groundhog shake her tomato cage, trying to get the fruit to fall. I swear all groundhogs have Ph.D.s!
Moving into the little north-facing side garden, don't you just want to kiss this sweet painted fern? Um, hug? Erm, admire from a standing position at a respectful distance?
Aren't the buds of my black cohosh cool? The little visitor seems to think so, anyway. Can you see it? I knew you could!
Moving into the backyard, that's my little cat garden with all kinds of catmints. That's Walker's Low in bloom now (though it should be called Walkers Not-At-All-Low, but I can see marketing problems with that), as well as valerian (it's just as calming for cats as for people). Purrrrr!
And, you're really in luck today because my time machine is back from the shop, so we can go back two weeks to the start of June. OK, get in. Yes, it's perfectly safe and well-tuned now. I'll just adjust the controls here... and there... and oopmh (that one always sticks) there. ZZZZZZoooomRattlesShakeFunkyLights. OK, we've arrived safely!
Look, geraniums are still in bloom.
And so are the vibrant purple bearded iris, which I got from a gardening client and friend, Sara.
The blue-eyed grass is a little wilted but it's one of my favorite spring plants. Noogie!
But the main reason we went back in time was to be able to see my peonies (also divisions from Sara) in bloom.
They were absolutely gorgeous, don't you think?!
Yep, I sure saved the best for last. But now it's time to return to June 14. OK, get in and hold on. No, not to me. OK, there you go. I'll just reset those knobs and switches (are you picturing the TARDIS circa 1978, too?) and here we go... RRRRrrrumbleShakeRattlePoofColors! We're back home. Thanks for joining me in my garden.
And, in honor of Father's Day and Austrians everywhere, I really hope Austria can beat Germany in Monday's UEFA EURO 2008 game, or they are out of the championship. My mom is German and a huge soccer fan, so it's a tough call. But my dad, who passed away in 1997 at age 59, was Austrian, loved all things Austrian, and loved soccer. And besides, I always root for the underdog, so, go Austria! Wien, Wien, kennst mich up kennst mich down, nur Du allein.