Okay are we warmed up already???
We had so many days of rain early on that the flowers did not even have their brilliant colors as they should have but I was afraid to complain for fear we would go straight into drought mode. LOL!
But now it has went right into scorched earth mode into the 90’s F. and the heat is on, so now I am going to complain at little.
The garden is loving the heat and sun for now. Maybe my spindly, sad looking cucumber and tomato plants will do better now.
I have over wintered this basket of of Vining Snapdragons in the basement for the last two years and they are ding well this summer.
The Nikko Blue hydrangea has much smaller blooms this summer from previous years. I think my whole garden needs some supplements added or the weather may be effecting things more than I thought.
Lucky Star Echinacea
I lost several fancy Echinacea plants over the winter and it really saddens me because the bees and butterflies love them so.
The ones that are really thriving are the native Echinacea in the woodland bed where I throw the seed heads and packets of wildflower seeds. This tells me that they are much hardier than the new fancy introductions so I have started transplanting them all around the yard into various flowerbeds for long lasting color and for the pollinators.
I think I should stick more to the native plants and stop wasting money. LOL!
But several from my big collection did make it through the winter:
Milk Shake Echinacea is just stating to open up and it has a visitor.
Those nasty Japanese Beetles were late this year so most of the rose garden escaped them but they are busy munching on other flowers into tatters especially my hibiscus leaves.
And a few more lilies have opened up: