It's too beautiful a day not to take at least a few pictures of God's blooms. Some of the perennials in the rectory front yard are coming on strong, not bad since they have only had a couple of years to get going.
In the meantime, a wildflower mix of annuals has provided some color while the lavender, Russian sage and clematis become more established. The stand of coneflowers is really impressive this year; I was relieved since while they were growing I thought they might be weeds!
Rosa Rugosa, sp. These roses are pretty hardy around these parts, but this particular variety is quite fragrant - this one bloom (also inset) spreads a sweet aroma many feet away from the plant.
Border with Walker's Low Catmint, Phenomenal lavender, Japanese Iris, Red Knock Out Roses
Perennial Blanket Flowers in front row. You may be able to see lavender plants and Russian sages in two rows behind them.
Hosta Sum and Substance, Phenomenal Lavender, Daylillies, Husker's Red Penstemon, Forget-Me-Nots
Hedge Row of Carefree Delight Roses, Mock Orange, Rosa Rugosa and other plantings.
? Tulip and oregano
Five Spot. Good self-seeder.
Knock Out Yellow Rose. Extremely fragrant!
Many of the plants in the front yard of the rectory are now three years old. They were started from young seedlings, cuttings or seed plugs so they have taken a while to get growing. Add a few unsual storms the usual crop of bunnies and deer and you've got the usual recipe for some plants succeeding and others failing. A few clematis vines which met up with the weed wacker last year are back and look like they're happy. So perhaps this summer will be a good year for flowering and more mature plants.
The show of daffodils was delightful and they were only planted last fall. The varieties I selected were quite fragrant and the trumpets were bold and yellow.
I try to select perennials for their hardiness and the annuals for their capacity to self-sow. Gardens are, after all, partly for us to enjoy and partly for future generations too.
May we all have good luck with our gardens and have at least some of our efforts rewarded!
I missed the first Springtime blooms, but here are some early summer blooms which are still going strong. It is good to see many of the perennials planted in the new areas around the church take root and get going.
Oak Leaf and Big Leaf Hydrangeas by the Carriage House
Heather at the foot of the cross survived the winter and is growing
Monarda, Lavender, Liriope, Boxwood and shades of green
Nearly florescent daylillies. Ours don't even last a day because we have solitary nighttime deer which visits for dessert.
The clematis vines at the foot of the pergola have finally begun to climb!
"Five Spots" from the Rectory Garden.
Some Russian sage
Monarda and Phenomal Lavender around the fountain
Autumn sedum and lavender in interesting analogous colors.
Oregano and Lavender
Marigolds and Lavender in complementary colors. VanGogh would be proud!
Just for a sense of scale, the fence is 4 feet high. This climber decided to hitch its star to the nearby holly tree and keep on climbing. It's on the rectory lawn, must be all the fresh sea air and sunshine!
2,000 blog post - a nice round number. Here are some blooms around the rectory garden. The prayer garden is a little immature, but the plants there are growing!
Background to foreground: akebia vine, nepeta, bearded iris, sky pencil boxwood, New Dawn climbing rose, white rugosa rose, creeping thyme, shasta daisies, Russian sage, various heirloom roses, Husker's red penstemon.
Walker's Low nepeta has thrived everywhere I've planted it. This is a three year old specimen.
Lupine from seed.
Fourth of July Climbing Rose
Yarrow, yellow and red
Hops. For a couple of years, this plant puttered along. I think this year it's making it's move!
Three year old Julia Child rose. Extremely fragrant. Deep rich yellow flowers and dark green leaves.
John Paul II rose. He and Julia have been good neighbors.
Wow, last weekend was a powerhouse of the Holy Spirit at Holy Cross. Six baptisms, a marriage convalidation, the final Religious Education session for this year's confirmandi and of course, our weekend masses. We eagerly look forward to our First Eucharists and Confirmation.
Baptisms are joyful!
Some of the confirmandi and the retreat team teen leaders
The yarrow is spreading and holds its own with weeds. The ornamental grasses also survived and are spreading. Primrose, blanket flowers, nepeta, lavender, Russian sage, verbascum, cosmos, cone flowers are in view. The second year for the hops; they're more vigorous than last year.
Everywhere on the campus, our garden continues to grow. Francisco has transplanted many, many of the flowers, shrubs and bulbs that were growing around the church to the front of the school and the perimeter of the playground. They are doing remarkable well. Take some time to enjoy them. The plantings along the school and around the gymatorium have also prospered this year.
My own garden has its successes and failures. The hot, wet, cold weather has given all my tomato plants a bit of trouble, but they are keeping on and I've already enjoyed a small treat or two from the earliest ripening fruits. No wonder many gardeners advise to plant more than you think you will harvest.
I was able to photograph a black swallowtail caterpillar beginning to pupate today. I had planted fennel and dill in the garden to invite them and yesterday was delighted to see several of them on the plants. When I returned with camera today, I could find only one. With so many birds in and out of the yard, I'm sorry to think they became bird food.
In approximate order left to right, top to bottom:
Cherry tomatoes, a couple of beefsteak ripening, oregano plant, red runner bean blooms, corn stalk beginning, mullein, Meyer lemon, fennel with pupating swallowtail (find it!), indigo rose tomatoes, pulmonaria, onion crop, bedding plants along with Julia Child and John Paul II roses, pot watermelon, "fire" lettuce, cleome everywhere, New Dawn rose, pineapple sage, red poppies, three "Lazy Housewife" beans, Lemon marigolds and petunias, ? monarda, spaghetti squash vine, Shrimp plant, Elephant Ears, Love in a Mist, Hosta spikes, pupating Swallowtail, planter filled with three plants from the Holy Cross Plant Sale.