Monday, June 12, 2017

Planting for summer color ~

It was a beautiful and cool morning. A bit overcast with the sun occasionally peeking through.

Perfect for what I had in mind...

cleaning up, and planting out new summer annuals in one of the back borders.

Otherwise, out with some old and in with some new.

I have lots of perennials planted here: roses, mums, salvias, iris, lambs ears, and gaillardias to name a few, but I like to mix in annuals for summer color. Many plants needed to be tidied up, cut back and dead-headed and all of the altromerias, which had finished blooming needed to be pulled, along with the spent spring annuals.

I planted several dozen of the zinnia seedlings I had started last month, Echinacea, some Nicotianas I had also started from seed, and for a bit of brightness Rudbeckias. I love rudbeckias they are so cheerful and do well in our tough climate.

As you can see it was quite a mess, but I all got cleaned up, planted, fertilized and the walkway swept before I came in for the day. Now I just hope it lives up to the picture I have in my mind, with gardening you never completely know what you are going to get, each day is full of surprises.

Thank you for visiting.


  1. Looking forward to seeing your pretty garden when your summer plants bloom. I planted so many sunflowers and none have come up. Last year they were everywhere.

    I filled some pots with more dirt and cleaned up a little today. As it is going to be getting hot the end of the week.

    Enjoy your week.


  2. Looks like a lot of work, but so worth it for your beautiful yard.

  3. Adrienne, It sounds gorgeous and I know it will be. I've got to get on the stick and plant a few annuals. I'm going for bright colors this summer..Happy Tuesday..Judy

    1. Zinnias are wonderful and start extremely well from seeds - even directly sown.

      Good luck!

  4. Your gardens are beautiful. I love your fountain! I think I could get lost in your beautiful place and never want to leave!


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