Yesterday was one of those 12-on-a-scale-of-1-to-10 gardening days. For the first time in a l..o..n..g time the sun was bright, the air was fresh, the temperature was comfortably cool, and the humidity -- what humidity? It was gorgeous! I spent most of the afternoon doing yard and garden projects. What took the day from a "mere" 10 to a glorious 12 was that I had new things to plant. Things that filled in empty spaces. Things that added a splash of color where it was sorely needed. Things that were super bargains from the Parking Lot Sale I went to on Saturday. Things like this:
Safari Yellow marigolds and Becky Mix black-eyed susans (rudbeckia) add a cheerful dash of yellow to the left front border.
Here's a closer look at the rudbeckia, which fills in an empty place at the back of the bed. As I'm learning more plants I notice them all around, and I have seen rudbeckia everywhere. I love it, and I'm happy to add it to my garden.
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Portulaca (purslane) has replaced the lobelia that never met expectations in the Rose Garden. The portulaca has the look of a succulent's waxy leaves on stems that swirl out from the plant's center, generously filling a lot of space. (I actually could have used about three more to fill this area even tighter. I'm learning to always get more of each plant than I think I need, but I'm not quite there yet!)
Here's a close-up of the portulaca foliage and its sweet white flower with yellow center:
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Safari Bolero marigolds replace the daylilies (whose stems I cut back) and violas in the planters by the front entrance. They look better in real life than their somewhat pitiful appearance in the photo below, but I can see that some spanish moss is needed at the base to finish it off a little better.
Here's a close-up view of a few of these beauties:
I wrote in a comment on another blog that I've never been a big marigold fan, but I'm coming around. I forgot about their lovely aroma! They also make such pretty cuttings -- the boldness of the rich colors contrasting with the frilly, ruffled petals: