Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Walk Through The Garden

Sorry this is so blurry, but the wind was so fierce when I took this shot a couple of days ago. This is a Floribunda called Eutin. Even in this heatwave, it is putting out blooms!

The Lantana laughs at the 100 degree weather! It is also a butterfly magnet.

I am not sure what this is--I'm thinking a Gerbera. It came off a sale cart at the nursery because it no longer had it's tag. Charlotte wanted to rescue it, so it is officially her plant, which is why it is in a pot. This fall when Charley is no longer attached to it (I hope), I am planning to plant it in the ground.

That pesky wind wouldn't stop long enough to get a good shot of the lantana. As you might have guessed by the earlier shot, I have a lot of it. Another Austin gardener, whose blog I enjoy reading: east-side-patch, hates it. But I figure, go with what grows, and I can always depend on lantana to give me color right up to frost.

Euvolvus, Blue Daze

I just love this flower even though it is an annual, I love the blue blossoms that continue throughout the summer.

I'm not exactly sure what kind of mum this is. I got it on the half off cart at the Round Rock Nursery (I love this local nursery for the variety they stock), and it didn't have it's identification tag any longer.

Plumbago has the most beautiful blue blooms. I have a memory garden in the corner of the garden where I have all the blue flowers I can find. Funny story about Bocephus the Wonder Dog. When I was planting one plumbago, Bo was taking off with the other still in it's nursery pot. He was getting ready to eat it when I caught him and took it away. So far, he has left them alone, and they look beautiful with the Blue Daze and Balloon Flowers I have in the blue garden.

Here is a better shot of another Eutin. I try to buy only antique roses because I think they are hardier and are less prone to diseases and pests. I don't baby them at all. I just throw some compost and mulch on them every spring. I don't water or fertilize, although, I am thinking of giving it a little fish emulsion if the heat doesn't let up soon.

This salvia is huge. When it goes dormant, I am going to have to cut it back this fall. It's threatening to take over the back yard. I have a pretty little Mexican Marigold Mint next to it that is getting crowded out.

Libby has the only sure fire way to keep cool in this heat! Don't you just love her freckles? She and Charlotte have been going to Camp Invention this week and going to the pool in the evenings when the sun is going down.


beckie said...

I enjoyed reading your blog and seeing all your great pictures. Libby is just a doll! We have 7 granddaughters so I know how sweet they are. I can't imagine the heat you are having, I wouldn't be out side for a month!

About the Lyrica, I started out on a very small dose.50mg a day for 3 weeks. Then we went to 50 in the morning and 50 at night. I could tell with a few days it was helping. I went from 3 Tramadol and 16 Advil a day down to 2 Tramadol and 4 Advil. I have had no side effects that I can tell. Like you, I was concerned about them but decided if it helped at all it might be worth it.

Please let me know how you do. It is no life if you are in constant We miss out on so much. I wish you good luck!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Beckie, thank you so much for your sweet comment. You probably do know what it means to me to have hope that I could possibly lead a normal life again! I am on the same meds as you were, so I feel even more encouraged! Now I can't wait to go to the doctor (LOL).