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.

4 comments:

  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.

    Mary

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

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  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

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

      Good luck!

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