I am watching the lavender for the perfect time to harvest. The bees are collecting nectar. Any day now the blooms will be at peak. I shall be ready. I look forward to this time every year. I use the lavender. It is what I use to protect my winter sweaters from moths. It scents my linens and the house. I make body scrubs, sugar and salt, with the lavender. It is used for teas and ironing sprays, syrups and vinegars. I use the lavender.
The Calla lilies are in bloom. These are hardy for me, they return every year. Wonderful as cut flowers, they last in the vase for at least a week sometimes two!
The red Asiatic lilies are finishing up as the pink ones are opening. The orange ones seem to last the longest. Could be the location in the yard that affords them a longer bloom time.
The bamboo trellis I planted yesterday is standing firm in this mornings breeze. It is where the wheat was. Now I have the gourds planted for October harvesting. I will keep an eye on the trellis until the vines hold it firmly in the ground.
The Kumquat tree is in bud! This is the first summer for the Kumquat. I bought this tree last January for the house. Right now it is in a growing pot on the deck. It had fruit on it when I bought it and I am hoping to have fruit again this year.
The daisies are blooming. I try to have different one's in bloom from May, with the painted daisies , through July, with the shastas.
These African daisies were winter sowed three years ago.
These are little mum plants that were growing in the cracks of the back brick sidewalk. I potted them up for summer growing and come September I will transplant them into my front window boxes. I need 15 plants to fill the window boxes. So far I have found 14 volunteers.
There are roses in bloom and the dwarf snap dragons are just opening. The Sweet Williams will bloom all summer. A few volunteer marigolds are blooming. The day lilies are just budding.
The zucchini, peas and tomatoes are also in bloom. Soon I will be picking. The blueberries are ripening. Rain is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. All is well out in the gardens.