I did two sessions of weeding in the trio of 8′ long brick planters that are between our front yard and our driveway today. I thought I would take advantage of the cooler temperature and overcast sky to do some good outside. Of course, the MINUTE I walked out there, the sun came out in full force…
I came in dripping twice, and then called it a day. I’ll try to do more tomorrow. I wanted to share some nice flowers that are blooming now, though. This is a burgundy lily. It’s all one bloom and knocks our socks off each year when it blooms.
This is impatiens on the front porch.
Deep pink phlox
“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.” – John Lennon
This nice bunch of lilies is almost finished for the year. It looks like a lily bouquet to me, and I love the rich color.
Last year, once the summer was in full swing, I sprinkled a bunch of zinnia seeds in the planters. Not many of them came up, so I was really surprised to see volunteers all around the planters and across the front yard!
I don’t know what this plant is, but it’s perennial and it seems to really like it in this planter.
Phlox and periwinkles.
Two colors of impatiens, plus phlox about to bloom and iris.
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
Red impatiens. We also have some really nice fuchsia ones.
Cluster of Rio Samba roses.
There are two clumps of these yellow lilies, one on either end of the planter with the tulip tree in the center.
I showed you pictures of the new plants I planted on our deck. I took some pics a couple of days ago of the flowers I just planted in the rest of the yard, plus a couple of others I wanted to share with you. The planting is all finished now, with the exception of nestling some hummingbird flowers seedlings into the deck pots –
My husband’s clematis. This year they’re really giving us a nice show.
On one side of the front portch, we have fuchsia impatiens, neon orange impatiens, phlox, and some iris. We have an evergreen bush on the other side of the porch in the same kind of tall planter, the fuchsia impatiens, some phlox, etc.
I did this mosaic gazing ball a couple of years ago. This pot is on one side of our driveway. I planted some periwinkles around the edge of the pot.
One of four gerbera daisies.
Lavender stripy petunias.
‘violas’ or what I call bright happy pansy type flowers.
Periwinkles in our emu planters, plus phlox and periwinkles in the pot at the bottom of the pic.
This pot is on the other side of the driveway from the one above.
The ‘thing’ at the top of this pic is an old computer. The birds like to build nests inside. The flowers are fuchsia purslane/yubi/portalaca, and then we have phlox and periwinkles in the square planter.
Yesterday I told you I spent the afternoon and early evening planting new plants, mostly on the deck.
We have two of these pretty burgundy wave petunias.
We have these impatiens planted on both sides of the front door.
These are electric orange wave petunias. I planted two of these in the planter to the left of the front porch.
I brought these blue iris in yesterday, since we’re supposed to have lots of rain and possibly severe weather today, tomorrow, and into Saturday.
This is the new ground cover I planted in the trio of brick planters between the driveway and the front yard.
A pretty purple wave petunia. We have two of these on the deck.
This rose is called “Sedona.” We liked the color of the roses a lot, and thought it would be a nice addition to the Rio Samba rose bushes.
We have two white wave petunia plants on the deck. We’re hoping all of these will spill over the sides of the planters.
And, finally, this is the official hummer welcome area. We have two feeders out right now, plus the bird bath. My friend, Carla, told me the hummers are due around the 12th. I’m hoping for sooner…
The temperatures have FINALLY gone down a bit and we can breathe when we’re outside. Another 10 degrees down or so and I’ll be in heaven. It says my “perfect” temperature about three days a year here in Arkansas. :0)
I worked in the yard a bit to celebrate the gorgeous day.
I took some pictures of the things still in bloom, enjoying each one. I thought that you might enjoy them, too.
My husband’s clematis is enjoying a second bloom.
We have one group of phlox still blooming.
Impatiens in two pots on either side of the front porch.
Mostly white hydrangea with a blush of pink.
I hope that a trip around your yard makes you smile, too!
At this time of the year, despite our irrigation system, the flowers are pretty well spent. It just gets too hot here for most to make it to frost. I cherish the few flowers that are strong enough to still be blooming and giving us such pleasure.
Most of the hydrangea are gone now, and the greenery droops badly during the day, but we have a few blooms that looked particularly nice.
I don’t know what the name of these pretty little blue flowers are, but they fill in the planter nicely under the tulip tree.
Our Impatiens are not at their peak, but they continue to bloom in two pots on either side of our front door.
Even my husband remarked on how he liked the color of the zinnias that are thriving right now. I sprinkled the seeds in the planter in-between our regular plants so that they would hopefully bloom when the weather made the other things stress out.