A Little Bit of Gardening

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IMG_2641Well this heat has made my roses very happy–at least so long as I water them frequently. I only have one red rose and it was languishing in the spot I had originally chosen for it. Last fall we moved it to a better spot and it is flourishing.

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

The hummingbirds I suspected were nesting in the neighbor’s tree which overhangs my garden proved to be doing just that. A few nights ago I was treated to the sight off 4 little ones buzzing around in the tree while the 2 parents watched from the top of the tree. I wish I could have gotten a picture but they are iridescent green against green leaves that are almost the same size as the birds and while I could see them when they flitted about, I doubt my cell phone could have captured enough detail for a picture to be worth while.

I also discovered that I have a spectacular gladiolus in my flowerbed. I don’t know how I lucked into this beauty but I hope it blooms again next year. Watering seems to be key when it gets warmer. Last year the gladiolus didn’t flower and I suspect it’s because I failed to water them enough.

Speaking of watering and growing, my Gunnera are growing very well. I’m very pleased with them. I hope they get huge next year. From what I’ve read about them, they take a year to establish themselves.

Gunnera

Gunnera

I also have some Coleus that is happy as can be and some New Zealand Impatiens that are gorgeous and flowering for the second time since I got them. K.

New Zealand Impatien

New Zealand Impatien

My Garden Has Enticed a Hummingbird to Visit

Hummingbird in Crocosmia Lucifer

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

I wasn’t going to post about my garden again so soon but to my utter delight a hummingbird stopped by today and I got pictures. She’s very shy and lovely and she sounds like being buzzed by a humongous wasp when she flies by my head but I’m so pleased she stopped by for a sip of nectar. Interesting story, I got 5 Crocosmia Lucifer bulbs as a gift when I moved into the house years ago and the flowers you see are the descendants of those 5 bulbs. I never planted any more. They are naturalizing and spreading. Thankfully they are beautiful and they attract hummingbirds because I don’t think I could get rid of them if I wanted to.

Pineapple Lily

Pineapple Lily

My pineapple lily is blooming. I love the color of this plant and the shape of the leaves. Also I have some gorgeous coleus growing. The shape of the leaves and the colors are quit striking. One lonely Gladiolus is blooming. I’m afraid my neglect of my flowers in years past has taken a toll in my glads, which is a shame because they are one of my favorite flowers.

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

There is still a ton of weeding to be done and I’m hoping to get the spot in back ready for raised beds this fall. I may not be able to grow much in the fall but they’ll be good and ready for the spring if I can get the area cleared and the beds made and installed in the fall. K.