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The flowers of spring are gone and summer is upon us! Houston is turning into a lush overgrown jungle of green with all our torrential rains. Our plants here at Ravenscourt are hanging in there but some are not too happy. Last week in Toronto at the annual Garden Bloggers Fling they were just starting to plant annuals. It looked so bright and cheery with everything in flower. I think they are a season behind us : ) Below you see one of the gardeners dressed in period costume planting out the annuals in the mosaic garden at Parkwood Estate.
Parkwood Estate, Oshawa a National Historic Site established in 1919 as the family home of General Motors magnate R.S. “Sam” McLaughlin
Here are my fellow flingers at the vibrant garden of Marion Jarvie a popular instructor at the Toronto Botanical Garden. And one more so you can see the variety of plants and colors!I did find a few blooms in our garden to share with you today. The sky is overcast and there is a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico that may be headed our way. I say no, please Nature send it to California! Here is a wild sunflower we let stay in our raised veggie bed. Volunteers. Sorry the pictures are not very clear today…the sky is dark and cloudy. And I am taking these between rain storms.
Mexican Wild Petunia, ruellia caroliniensis, a volunteer that has decided to mix in with our Sky Pencil hollies.
Looking down I spy little pale flowers on the liriope. Some years they are deep purple. I don’t know why they are so pale this year. Below is the first coneflower I have planted that didn’t die; and it actually bloomed!
Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench, Eastern purple coneflower, Purple coneflower, Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Variegated Jewels of Opar, Fame Flower, Talinum paniculatum ‘Variegatum’
Commelina cyanea, commonly known as scurvy weed, is a perennial prostrate herb of the family Commelinaceae.
That’s it if for June at Ravenscourt Gardens. For more bloom day pictures click here to go to our host May Dreams Gardens and see all the bloggers posting their June flowers.
Happy Gardening…and stay high and dry Houstonians