I came across these beauties while driving in Bullhead City Arizona yesterday. Pulled over at least four times to take these photos all while trying not to blow away in 40 mph sustained winds (with up to 70 mph gusts). Worth it!
We’ve finally had several days of what I call “serious rain”.
Enough that I have to dump the decorative pots holding some of my larger, deck-potted plants.
Enough that it doesn’t evaporate immediately after it stops and best of all sometimes falling all through the night.
As a result everything looks lush, green….and overgrown. I’ve been going out for 1-2 hours each day to dead-head, pull weeds and ground cover that has taken over. While doing so today, I was thrilled to see that finally, one of my 3 hydrangeas has a blossom. Snapdragons and moss roses are coming up in the cracks between pavers as successfully as the ones planted in containers and beds.
Even my garlic chives have flowered! Here’s what’s up in my garden oasis….
A year ago, I planted a single, tiny morning glory with one little blossom on the edge of my herb garden. After a few weeks they went crazy. Earlier this summer, I recall worrying that no morning glories had appeared in my garden in spite of millions of seeds that fell while I was dead-heading last fall.
When we returned to Michigan after two weeks in Tennessee, my herb garden had disappeared under a canopy of morning glories gone wild.
A gleam in his eye, Spence offered to find his machete and “help me”. I declined in favor of a kinder, gentler approach pruning until the herbs were liberated while surrounded by a wall of morning glories.
Aren’t they gorgeous? They appear to have tiny white lights in their centers, illuminating from within while their rich colors provide a fabulous display which delights me every morning.