More and more I'm convinced that the extraordinarily cold weather we had this winter prompted a few things to bloom this spring. Things that don't ordinarily do well in this climate.
Way in the back behind where the fun and airy cosmos are coming up from seed is one of the farthest away planting beds.
If you look through the layers of plantings that are readily seen from just about any angle in the back the pretty pink of the bee balm, Monarda didyma might catch your eye.
That's what happened to me last week. It was absolutely a total surprise.
It is one of those plants that never bloomed last year due to overshadowing by the squash plants in the vegetable garden. I realized it was a gamble when I placed it there as it is only hardy to zone 8. At the end of the season when it was still green and actually alive I moved it to the (mostly) sunny side of the back garden.It is just unbearable to throw away a perfectly good plant even when it is a less than stellar performer. Tucked under the citrus colored lantana that grows like a shrub, and next to yellow bush daisy, african irises, purple fountain grass, and blue plumbago it is a pretty addition now that it's blooming.
This is the kind of planting bed that provides the viewer with a unique visual depending on the angle one is looking. Now that I think about it that's the way a garden should be.
What a nice and welcomed surprise. This week all the blooms have flattened out to this interesting form. Love that green center. You just have to love gardening even more when you happen upon an unexpected flower.
Back Garden Views
Now that I'm back from my mini beach vacation with my sister it is catch up time in the garden. Mr. Meems graciously filled in for me picking veggies and keeping an eye on things while I was absent. He's learning a lot these days about watering patterns. It is a constant guessing game. We had days of rain and then a few days without it and then stormy, wind-blown rains with 3 inches falling in a short time.
Being away from the garden is never easy. Family is missed too. So yesterday I was so happy to spend my day with our toddler grandson. We did make a trip to the garden center together where he chats away about the colors and names of flowers as if he's a gardener himself. Even though he loves the garden mostly he likes to play.
Today, I've dodged the on again, off again rain while working in the garden. The landscaping seems to be happy about all the extra liquid for the most part.
The vegetable garden on the other hand seems confused and not so cheery about it. No mistake about it the bugs and worms are having a party and seem to be the most elated about this hot, steamy summer weather we are having at the end of spring.