When I took my morning walk along My Garden Path, a few things drew my attention. This Butterfly Bush, Buddleja davidii, is constantly producing blooms and what is truly amazing, it is healthy. I buy one of these bushes every Spring only to watch it wither away. This year's bush has been different - in a good way. I don't know the cultivar name, it was simply labeled as "purple."
The Blackberry Lily, Belamcanda chinensis, is actually in the Iris family. What I noticed on my walk was the seed pods forming. This is exciting stuff! It means I will have more of these beauties to spread around My Garden Path and to share with other gardening friends.
Look at this! The Red Firespike, Odontonema strictum, is starting to bloom. These spikes will get much larger and open up into many tiny trumpet shaped blooms that the Hummingbirds love. Last year, this was the number one plant where I could count on seeing a Hummer sipping away.
Another favorite with the Hummingbirds is this Firebush, Hamelia patens. This particular shrub was planted this Summer to replace the one that never returned from the winter freezes. It has been planted in a shady area in hopes of the big oak giving it some winter protection. The shade has not diminished the blooms, I'm happy to see.
Oh Look! The Celosia has a bud forming. I bought this plant for $1 from the County Jail Horticulture program. I've been taking cuttings and rooting them without realizing I was keeping it from blooming. I just love the red foliage. I guess I'll stop cutting it and let these buds blossom. I have learned since planting it that it re-seeds so if I want it next year I need to let her bloom.
Oops, those aren't blooms on the Milkweed! Those are Monarch caterpillars. Yay!
The Sweet Almond, Aloysia virgata, has been really blooming of late. The sweet scent is so nice in the garden. I've read these can get 10 feet high or more. I can't wait for my little sprawling bush to grow up and really fill the air with the perfume of many more blooms.
There are a couple of things I noticed about these Mexican Petunias, Ruellia brittoniana. First, they are staying in a neat clump and not taking over the world. These are a sterile cultivar that are more upright in form than the type I have planted (and regretted) in the past. They really are staying in one spot.
Another thing that caught my eye was the fact that the Bamboo is weeping over on top of the Mexican Petunias. That side bed is going to have to be widened. But, it's definitely a project for a cooler time of year.