This is the second time a post was created and and it doesn’t show the post I’ve written but forwards to a (if you click on the from May14th you’ll see what I mean). Being on WordPress (self hosted) my web designer has been contacted and we’re trying to figure out what is going on? So my apologizes and my Spring Cottage garden journal is reposted.
Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing my Cottage Garden Journal – second week of June. Its been incredibly hot here, high in the 80’s and 90’s. So hot for Spring! Heard its predicted to be a hot summer in the Midwest. UGH! It’s been so hot I’ve not been able to get my last 5 flats (Zinnias, Cleome, Cosmos, Salvia and Carnations) in the ground.
When the greenhouse was moved to the back gardens it prevented the seedlings from getting long hours of sun they so desperately needed. The plant young-ins just couldn’t support themselves in this intense heat. I’m watering the flats a good six to seven times a day that’s how fast they are drying out. I’m filling the pond up every other day with the water evaporating so quickly.
Thursday is forecasted to be in the high 70’s so the plants will be transplanted to they summer homes and hopefully settle in with the cooler temps. I’ll able to keep an eye on them and water as needed.
Astilbe, a beautiful pink when she’s in full bloom…loves partial sun and does like a good drink of water in the hot weather. Perennial.
Heirloom Valerian (Heliotrope) a lovely late Spring bloomer. She is a very heavy reseeder so you can have as many grandchildren as you want. It was used in perfumes in the 16th century and the also used as a sleep aid. Its been used as a medicinal herb and is a great sleeping aid. I prefer Valerian any day over Melatonin. Does well in partial as well as full sun, very drought tolerant. Acts as a perennial due to it being a heavy reseeder.
Ladies Mantel (Alchemilla mollis) is a herbaceous perennial (herbaceous – dies back in winter, perrenial comes back every year). She’s part of the Rosaceae family. It is great used in shady borders (but tolerates suns well). Commonly used as a ground cover.
Sundrops (Oenothera) (Evening Primrose) the bright yellow flower petals have been said to look like molten gold. A VERY heavy reseeder offering more grandchildren that you can take care of! But very easy to pull and control. They are pollinated by insects such as bees and moths. One of the most distinctive features of the flower is the stigma, which has four branches in an X shape. The plants originated in Mexico and Central American.
Jacob’s Ladder aka Greek Valerian (Polemonium caeruleum) another nice Spring perennial. Started from seed many a year ago and blessed me with several grandkids. There is also a variegated variety. Its clump forming and came from Europe.
The climbing roses are in full bloom and as you can see I NEED to get out and weed. TIP: the best time to weed is after watering/rain. It is much easier then pulling when the ground is very dry.
Another great climbing rose that is driving me crazy that I can’t remember her name, ugh!
White Dawn climbing Tea Rose has finally bloomed. The white color of the rose is beautiful…but this is the slowest climbing rose e.ver…. Its suppose to be disease resistant but see sign of black spot.
The Carnations started last year from seed are going like gang busters….I was so surprised when I found out that carnations started from seed don’t bloom the first year…
Lambsear (Stachys byzantina) a perennial native to Turkey and Iran. Appropriately named for its characteristic pubescent (fuzzy), gray-green leaves. Will form a silvery, wooly mat along the ground and the foliage is fragrant. A very hardy, drought tolerant perennial. Its a great ground cover in hot baked areas.
Got several flower containers filled…and always want the ones around the pond done first.
Using vintage enamel bowls and pans in my cottage gardens are an inexpensive container adding a great deal of charm to your garden. Also rusty goodness is never a bad thing.
How is your garden growing?