Black racer snake.
Made another appearance on the back patio. I snapped a quick photo through the door's window.
Onion chives, with squash and self-sown marigolds in back.
The chives and marigolds are still there, but the squash withered away for some reason. Next year, if I bother with squash, I'll definitely start from seed.
Umbrella palm flowers.
'Lady Margaret' passionflower.
I've had success with my first two cuttings! Those are for Mom, so I tried a couple more to grow elsewhere in our own garden.
(Vine without flowers.)
Unknown succulent in hypertufa dish.
One of the more successful ones, this year.
Lots of them, and I'm loving every one!
Sitting pretty. ;o)
'Golden Jubilee' agastache.
Grown from seed... so they're probably pretty easy to start from seed. I'd consider trying another variety or two, next spring.
Bumblebees enjoying agastache.
The weeds are trying their best to take over the new Oval Bed. I haven't been diligent enough in my weeding...
Weeds aside, I've been enjoying this new bed so much, this year! It's in a very prominent, visible spot that I see all the time from the windows in our most "lived-in" room. It's such an improvement, having flowers and foliage and ornamental grasses to look at instead of just a patch of weedy sand. I think it will only get better with a little more work-- and maybe a bit of an expansion. If only I'd known what a difference it would make... I should've put a flowerbed there years ago!
Northern sea oats.
The starts of seedheads have appeared on this clump, as well as the younger ones (started from seed last year) by the banana fuscata. Last year, I cut the seed stalks and hung them upside down in the utility room to dry. I left them hanging for much (much) longer than necessary, but finally got around to putting them in a vase, recently. They may look a little wild and messy for some tastes, but I'm enjoying them. There's quite a decent-sized bundle of them, just from one year's "harvest".
All the new types of elephant ears are hanging in there, getting bigger, bit by bit. None of them are huge, yet, but that takes time. (A little fertilizer wouldn't hurt, either.)
It's happier outdoors than in, though it has to be taken inside when it gets cold. (The store had it mislabeled as confederate jasmine; otherwise, I wouldn't have bought it, even though it was on clearance.) It just sort of "existed" over the winter, but now that it's outside again, it's blooming. (It might be even happier with a little more sun, though...) The flowers are fragrant, but in my experience, it's not a very powerful perfume.
'Russian Red' canna.
(Is this 'Russian Red', though? Or is it 'Wyoming'? I really need to decide which is which...)
(With a backdrop of tropical milkweed and 'Sunshine' ligustrum. In the Oval Bed.)
This is the only one that came back and bloomed the second year-- and not many of them did well even the first year. These were an absolute failure in my garden.
The first flower spike bloomed buttery yellow...
And there are more buds on the way!
This plant seems to have forgotten that it's not supposed to bloom until late, late summer.
The first rose from Granny L.'s garden turned out to be a yellow Knock Out rose. It will be pretty where it's planted, I think. (I just happened to place it right next to another one Mom gave me a couple of years back, so they'll keep one another company.)
The second rose from Granny's garden is in the photo below. It has small white flowers that were a little bowed down under the weight of raindrops, when this was taken-- but so pretty.
(In the background, that's our 'Golden Goddess' bamboo, which is humongous compared to the itsy-bitsy clump we originally planted. To the right is another bit of the 'Golden Jubilee' agastache, which I moved here to see if it would perform better with some afternoon shade, courtesy of the bamboo.)
'Little Bonnie' dwarf spiraea.
There are two of these, from Mom. They are still tiny, and they haven't bloomed much-- very pretty color on what small flowers they do have, though. Maybe they'll improve over time. (They, too, would probably benefit from a little fertilizing, if I could figure out when it's best to do-- and then remember to do it!)
More recent photos are waiting on the camera for next time.