I've been watering with the hose since we don't have water restrictions, but I really like a good rain every so often. Rainwater just does something to plants that the hose cannot do, no matter how much water you give.
When it was over, the light was just right to take some pictures of my plants that I've had in for about a week. The colors are truly as rich as what I was looking at!
For the past few years, I've done a lot of hanging baskets. I've learned that you have to make them full from the beginning or they look silly. In the past, I would put a couple of plants, imagining that they would spread and fill out but they looked sparse for most of the summer. Now, I spend a little more money, but I like the way they look early in the summer.
These are hanging beside the greenhouse. The flowers are something called "scented flowers" with no explanation as to what they are. They are pretty and I like the smell, but I have no idea what they are. I put some vinca vine in with them.
Next, we have a few other hanging baskets that have some Sweet William, Lobelia (that amazing purple-blue stuff!) and maybe some of the scented flowers, depending on the basket.
I like the richness of these colors so much, I thought I'd share a close up!
The obsession with the purple/blue color came from a month I spent in Belgium a while back. It seemed like every house had window boxes that were just falling over with what must have been Lobelia or something like it. For a while, I couldn't find it when I came back and I was always on a quest for that color. It's not something you find a lot of. Last summer,, I found it and didn't get enough and when I wanted more, it was already gone!
I made sure to scoop it right up this time!
Then, we have the old stand bys that come back again and again. This winter weather we had must have been perfect for the lilacs because they are all in bloom everywhere I go and you can actually smell them as you drive down the road!
The crabapple looks fantastic this time of year and it smells even better. The rain wasn't harsh enough to strip the flowers, so it still looks so nice.