As I finished a tour of my garden, taking note of new developments, doing a little pruning and fertilizing, it occurred to me that one of the true pleasures of gardening is simply spending time in it, no matter what one is doing. There is a relationship, with both gardener and garden affecting each other, changing each other, deepening the bond. Spending quality time means you notice little things, registering them individually but also ingesting their truths to be stored for future reference. Gardens receive love and they give love, not just the flowers but the whole ecosystem of visiting pollinators and those insects that have made a permanent home in our gardens. Our gardens can be sanctuaries, places of momentary or lengthening solace or inspiration. Time set aside is rewarded in so many ways.
Here are some new photos as my garden sheds its spring raiments and metamorphoses into a shimmering summer paradise. Top to bottom:
Cuphea llavea, also known as bat-faced cuphea. See the red ears and the purple snout?
Trachelium (with bee). This vigorous bloomer is more purple than what it shows here.
Cosmos sulphureus. A common plant but if you like orange it's a classic!
Zinnia Raggedy Ann. Yes, a zinnia. Kind of like a zinnia with pink dreads!
Eucomis. This burgandy form not only has burgandy leaves but a more reddish flower.
Abelmoschus. Not many know this hibiscus relative but the flowers are simply gorgeous.
Here the sunny blue of nigella is given a delicate backdrop from the pure white blooming swainsona.
Oregano Kent Beauty. Well known now, this ornamental is nonetheless almost too pretty for an herb.
Cuphea vienco Burgandy. So many cupheas, so little time ...
Clematis integrifolia. A stunning true blue nodding clematis that is proving easier to grow than the rep it has.
Orange New Guinea impatiens. I'm not a bedding impatiens fan generally but couldn't resist this color.
Variegated porcelain berry vine. Beautiful delicate foliage and the most sensational berries ever seen on any plant. Ever.
Canna Australia. Gorgeous deep burgandy foliage and burnt orange flowers. Enough said.