The Head Gardener was allowed to take a day off from the garden today. Because the Head Gardener is an avid reader, almost as fond of books as she is of plants, she can usually be found lolling in a chair or on the sofa, book in hand, when the summer heat and humidity prove too much for her delicate sensibilities. So it went today. Having finished her book, she moseyed outside with the camera before dusk to see how the garden had fared without her. For your viewing pleasure, she presents the following.
In the back yard, a white sport of Mrs. B.R. Cant showed off this creamy bloom. This rose was a gift from a fellow antique rose aficionado.
The HG is very fond of this cool and refreshing combination of Blackie Sweet Potato Vine, Serenity Mix verbena and Peachie's Pick Stokesia. She would like to say it's the result of her canny knack for garden design and that she chose and planted each of them envisioning just such a picture. Being an honest sort, however, she must admit that it just kinda happened.
Here's a closeup of the Peachie's Pick Stokesia:
Being on occasion an agreeable and indulgent mother to the 19 year old girl child still residing at home, the HG agreed to said girl child's request that someone bring her dinner at work. As she passed the side yard on her way upon her return home, the HG spotted this daylily bloom. Much to her regret, it too is missing a tag and is thus unidentified. She didn't see the ant on the bloom until she downloaded the picture!
Zinnias are a summer staple here on the Head Gardener's corner of Katy. There are a lot of different colors, shapes and sizes, since they reseed every year and seem to hybridize themselves in the process. However, she remembers buying a packet of Purple Prince last year and believes that's what this one is.
This is a favorite color, not quite red, but not quite pink (and a nice foil for the Gaillardia):
This one, however, is most definitely red.
As is this Abutilon 'Voodoo Red', who is summering on the dining room patio. When cooler weather returns to this corner of Katy, the HG hopes this little darling will still be with her to be planted in a congenial spot near two other abutilons.
Rudbeckias also reseed themselves in the corner bed. The HG was quite taken with the markings on this one .
Calylophus is a tough little Texas native. It's planted next to the curb, where it's mighty hot and dry ... unlike the HG, this plant prefers such conditions.
The HG tried several times to plant 4 inch pots of Tithonias from local growers and failed miserably each time . She finally bought seeds and scattered them quite randomly ... success! The butterflies really do love these flowers.
This includes the pictorial tour for today. The Head Gardener thanks you for your kind attention!