It’s Saturday, the weekend, and time for six garden related items.
1 | A happy and very tall yellow flower most likely from the sunflower family. I originally dug up 8 stalks of this flower from the corn field across the street of my parent’s home many years ago. They had taken over a huge part of the edges of the field and were corn height. I cut the stalks down to just about 6 inches to transplant them thinking they would never survive. Now, they are the biggest thug in my garden. Every few years I rip them all out, but a few always survive to make a very large patch again.
I’m having a problem with my rudbeckia, sunflower and echinacea flowers that no one seems to be able to explain. I’ve asked at the garden center and they look at me like I’m crazy. But I know I’m not because my neighbor a few doors down is having the same problem with her echinacea. The flower heads look as if someone has snapped them an inch or so below the bloom. I don’t know if it is a disease or bug, but it happens within 24 hours of bringing home a new echinacea. Even these very tall sunflowers had the problem this year. Help anyone?
2 | This next item is slightly risque, so I will attempt to describe it in a delicate way. While taking photos of my zinnias, three Monarch butterflies came in my screen. At first I thought they were fighting, but it seems they were fighting over a lady. What over reason is there to fight?
Finally, one fluttered away and two were left, and then it became clear that they were getting to know each other, in a biblical sort of way.
They became very still and all consumed in creating the next generation, as he wrapped his queen in his wings. I finally left them to their privacy and moved on.
Nothing like waking up in the morning to discover your lover has left you alone.
3 | Bright, happy zinnias, grown from a packet of seeds. Love of my garden. What can I say . . . I can’t stop photographing them.
4 | Chantilly snap dragons, also grown from seed. Lush plants with very few blooms. I’ll have to figure out how to reverse that by next summer. Any advice?
5 | Balloon flowers that I also started from seed so many years ago.
6 | And finally, one ‘New Dawn’ rose, (and I mean the only one) blooming on the top of the arbor, thus the blurry photo.
Happy Saturday and weekend my friends.
Linking with The Propagator for “Six on Saturday”.