Jayne's Country Garden

The Garden - Summer 2013

I didn't realize it had been so long since I updated the garden section of this website! The last update was Spring 2012!

Quite a lot has happened in the garden since then, but since I maintain a garden blog, at Jayne's Country Garden on Blogspot, I've just got out of the habit of updating here as well.

So I'll just show a few things to give a general overview:

The island bed we put in is filling out nicely. It started out rather sparse, but eventually the zinnias self-seeded and the lantana spread out so that it appears nice and full now, and not just a lot of mulch. (Photo previously published on my blog)

The marigolds are competing with the zinnia for attention, and the butterflies certainly aren't complaining! Come to think of it, we do seem to have a lot of orange, red and yellow flowers. We don't have much, if anything, in blue or pink. (This photo was also previously published on my blog)

The daylilies seemed to spend all last year putting out leaves, but didn't put a single bloom out between them, but this year they're making up for it. The island bed has several varieties and I've been able to get some lovely photos.

Here's another photo previously published on my blog. This is Turk's Cap and it's happily growing in a container underneath the Southern Wax Myrtle by the garden wall.

Lantana is a favorite with the butterflies and we have lots of it!! I forget the name of this variety - I supposed I could look it up on my blog, but perhaps another time.

Eric got me a new camera after my other one died on me while we were in San Antonio. It's a Nikon Coolpix and I've been able to get some great shots with it, including this awesome photo of a Northern Mockingbird in the Live Oak tree in the front garden. I was standing on the porch and didn't want to walk out into the garden for fear of scaring it away. So I zoomed in as far as I could and was very happy with the result.

In fact, now I have the new camera, stalking birds, zooming in and snapping photos has become somewhat of an obsession! This female Ruby Throated Hummingbird was at the back of the garden and I was sitting on the patio at least 30 feet away when I took this.

Well, that's it for this update. Hopefully it won't be so long before I update again!

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