Sunday, June 30, 2013

End of the Month View June 2013

There is a lot happening in my garden today.
Lets start with the trees.
The Chinese Parasol, Firmiana simplex, tree is blooming magnificently this year.
These trees reproduce so fast that they are considered to be an invasive species.
We mow around it to keep it from spreading.
Our fig trees are loaded, but it will be a race with the raccoons to get any for us to eat.
Rose of Sharon, Althea, Hibiscus syriacus, always puts on a good show.
I bought a small double red one in the Spring, but it will be several years before it blooms.
The Vegetables
There are still a few onions from the March 28th planting,
and on Friday we picked these Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans.
We like these as 'string and snap' beans, but they can be left until larger for shell beans.
The bean in the middle (with red on pod) is an Improved Taylor.
I picked it to see if they were ready to shell yet - just a few more days to wait.
The Ford Hook Lima Beans are just now blooming.
The Sweet 100 Tomatoes are just beginning to ripen.
These wonderful cherry-type tomatoes will continue to produce for several months.
I have plenty of green tomatoes on my other tomato plants, too.
I haven't grown this one (Jet Star) before, but soon I'll find out what it tastes like.
In addition to Jet Star and Sweet 100, I have Super Fantastic, Sun Sugar, and Beefsteak.
The flowers.
Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis
Milk and Wine Lily
I believe this to be Crinum zeylanicum,
but they have been cross-bred so much it is difficult to be sure.
It is amazing what beauties you can get from a "Mixed Colors" package.
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of my garden.

Have a beautiful day!

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  1. Oops meant to comment here about the Bleed Hearts. Like your blog

  2. A great review with some lovely plants. I have lost my hisbiscus which is very sad.

  3. The white and red bleeding hearts are lovely. Your plants are ahead of mine, my tomatoes and beans are just blooming, though I have one Cocozelle squash set on, and some cucumbers. I have a large Rose of Sharon, I like them because it is a flower I remember from my Grandma's garden.

  4. amazing stuff going on in your garden, love it!

  5. That is a really cool bleeding heart!!

  6. Happy to find your blog today! Your photos are gorgeous!! I've never seen Bleeding Heart which has interesting name but is lovely! Thank you for sharing:)

  7. My MIL called that Milk and Wine, Regal lily. Nice to know the real name.

    Beautiful flowers.

    Our figs are loaded down. We have 5 small trees, 3 huge ones and a couple of new ones that I actually rooted and planted this year.

    And it's still a race to get a lot before the birds and other critters get them.

  8. Those glads are gorgeous. For me, it would just not be summer without them. My fig tree is still quite small, but I am looking forward to some fruit. It might be a while, however.

  9. I intend to plant more glads next year; yours are lovely and your Crinum is gorgeous. I passed up a Bleeding Heart Vine Clerodendrum thomsoniae in Dothan once and have regretted it ever since.

    We almost ran over a raccoon on the highway about 2 miles down the road last night. I hope he wasn't heading for our figs.


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