Let’s jump right in to view some summertime, colorful beauties. As always on Saturdays, gardeners worldwide are posting six garden-related items over at Mr. P.’s blog. It’s like open garden tours across the globe every week!
ONE – Dahlias have begun opening at Coppertop and will shine until first frost, so I don’t really mind that here they hit their stride later than most other locations. I planted 150 tubers in the soil the first part of May. ‘Mollinator’ is new here this year, and I’m enjoying her hot pink cactus style. She plays well with others.
TWO – Jumping down to the rose garden, I completely love ‘Pumpkin Patch’ for her many shades of peachy orange on one floribunda. Bees love her, too.
THREE – Bordering one edge of the rose garden, a generous patch of Phlox panicualata ‘Bright Eyes’ has a home on the side that features golds and pinks. The mingling of her perfume with the roses’ is just about heaven. Behind her, Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’ or goldenrod will be opening soon. Beside her is a trio of ‘Princess Anne’ roses.
FOUR – Some annuals I started from seed were less than spectacular this year. I count on annuals to grace the deck in pots. I had to actually purchase starts (ugh!) of petunias and calibrachoa, which have now filled in nicely. At least the snapdragons, zinnias, and cosmos I started made a showing.
FIVE – It’s time to admit that I never grew begonias until this year. A couple packs of corms planted in pots in early spring have grown into some transplanted, shade-loving beauties scattered all around the garden. I’m pretty sure I’ll grow begonias every year.
SIX – So, I’ll start and end with dahlias. This bronzy bloom is an early one here, ‘Bonaventure.’ I’m a sucker for her delicately-shaded, wavy edges.
Let’s all have a great week enjoying the beauty outdoors as often and as long as possible. Stay safe, people.