This is wierd weather for January. We woke up to pouring rain and temps of 45F (7.2C). They've dropped to 36F (2.2C) this afternoon but the wind is whipping and it feels much colder outdoors. The rain has turned to sleet.
I've been trying to get time to try posting photos. I want to show you a few pics of our last summer's gardens. Something to brighten up the winter colors we're looking at outside now. I hope they come out the right size. So here goes nothing....
Wow! It worked! I'm so impressed! See those double gloriosa daisies on the right next to the singles? I was so excited with those. I hope I get some more next summer. Gloriosas pretty much do their own thing. Mine are a mix of yellow, orange and maroon, and just sometimes....when I'm lucky.....I get a double , like this.
Let's try again....
OK! I made this one bigger. I like that better. There's some achillea (Yarrow...Cerise Queen) and monarda (bee balm) in pink and lavender mixed in with the gloriosas in this garden. It's one of my favorites. The petunias were so pretty last summer. We had an unusually longer and hotter season. It was wonderful! Sometimes we hardly get any hot days (in the 90'sF...32 to 35C) at all. I feel short-changed when that happens.
There are some other flowers in this garden that you can't see in the pic. I planted 4 lilies in there this past summer...2 daylilies and 2 asiatic.
This is looking towards the road in our front yard. That's the other side of the little fence garden in the background. I planted some other annuals late so they're not showing. In the foreground we have red monarda and perennial phlox among lots of other plants which you can't see. There's a weigela in this garden that bloomed beautifully last summer after skipping a couple of summers. Or just giving me a few measely blooms. Feel free to tell me how I can get it to bloom profusely every year, if you know the secret. Is the new growth on old wood or new? When to prune?
These pics were taken with Kylie's boyfriend's Canon Powershot. We're leaning towards something like that.
I hope you're all having a lovely day.