With all that is going on around here at the Retro Ranch, it is important to remember to stop and smell the flowers — or at least admire them for a bit. During Mom’s visit for Christmas in July, we took a trip to a local garden center to pick out a few new plants. Mom’s yard is nearly full, and she has a love of acquiring new flowers — so she was excited to go flower shopping for me. Number one on my list — the bee balm above — which I’ve always wanted. This particular variety is supposed to multiply rapidly over the years — fingers crossed for a bigger patch next spring.
We planted the new plants in a bare spot next to the front door…
…they fill in the space nicely, don’t you think?
This large plant was too cool to pass up. The name escapes me at the moment, but it may have been a variety of Sedum. (Do you remember Mom?)
One of my all time favorites — the coneflower — was also on the list. My garden is filled with the standard pinky purple variety, so experimenting with new colors is exciting. We picked up a few new varieties — including this sunrise coneflower. So pretty!
The circular garden that was constructed in last summer’s heat is looking great. It is filled with ornamental grass (blue fescue) and another variety of sedum that “came with the house.”
This particular variety has tiny pink flowers that emerge in early summer.
Even the flowers that are past their prime — like this allium that is now a mere skeleton — are still a visual treat. I don’t have the heart to tear out these used up stems — to me they look like fireworks. Leaving them up every year since they were planted may have something to do with my allium population doubling every spring.
As much as I feel that I should spend every free moment working on my bathroom (and it feels like I am already!) it is important not to get too caught up in indoor projects, and allow myself some time to admire the beauty of summer.