What a difference a couple of weeks make. The rain and clouds are gone and the temperatures are slowly creeping up to the mid-90’s. The garden is showing off the last of the spring flowers and the new summer plants are really taking off. My new favorites are my poppies. Last winter, I had bought multiple seeds packets of poppies. I sprinkled them around the yard and waited but nothing ever appeared. I was pleasantly surprised when this poppy plant appeared in November. Since I sprinkled so many different varieties I wasn’t sure which is was. So once again, I had to play the waiting game. Finally, they bloomed and these gorgeous, prolific red poppies appeared.
I also bought a unique poppy from Annie’s Annuals this past winter. Meet the “Black Swan”, Papaver hybridum poppy. I’m making a mental note to myself to buy lots of special poppies from them next year.
Another surprise in the garden are all of my volunteer violas. The standard Johnny Jump Up made an appearance throughout the yard but so did violas in shades of yellow, orange, and white.
My other new favorite is a Annie’s Annuals purchase. It’s Clarkia Amonena “Aurora”. It gives you dozens of delicate chiffon like flowers in shades of pink and white. I wish I had bought five of these. They also managed to survive some ugly wind and rain from a weeks ago as well.
Nemophila menziesii “Baby Blue Eyes”
Gilia tricolor “Birds Eyes”
Wild White Petunia
English Daisy a gift from work.
Belles of Ireland are just starting to take off.
Coastal Tidy Tips
Here are some of the oldies but goodies.
Dianthus another gift from work.
If you wish to see what’s blooming in gardens around the world go to May Dreams Gardens and see the other gardeners who participated.
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