The Backyard Garden

The little perennial garden I started last year in the backyard isn't nearly as lovely as the one in the front yard.

It has had a few growing pains and could still use a little work, yet slowly but surely the plants are growing and flowering and making our back patio one of my favorite places to work in the morning when it's cool and even in the afternoon when I don't mind a little heat.

Once I situated a couple of small fences so Butter couldn't use the new garden as his personal bathroom, he's taken ownership of the site. He regularly watches over it to ensure there aren't any intruders.

Usually there aren't. But you never know. In Butter's world, you can never be too cautious.

The newest additions to this garden are the two zinnia plants I added last week. They were a bit of a splurge, because I was dying for some more vibrant color and wanted a few plants for cutting flowers.

The old standbys are doing pretty well too. The first of the coneflowers are slowly blooming.

The Asiatic lilies and daylilies are in their prime right now.

And whatever this plant is (I can't recall and need to do some research), it's flowering too. I have mixed feelings about it, as it's not nearly as lovely as I expected. But I'm working through my issues.

Besides, variety is supposed to be the spice of life, isn't it?


Nicole said...

It is looking great! I can't wait to see it in person....one of these days!

Nikki said...

Its a penstamon or foxglove. Very good for bees & sort of native :)

Julie said...

Ooh thanks, Nikki. I'll have to do some investigating. A lot of my plants in that area are good for bees, I've found. I enjoy watching them work. Mr. Allergic, not so much.

Coley, come visit!

Nikki said...

Bees are important to your veggie garden & other flowers too. Honeybees are particularly stressed lately but I'm sure you're aware of the issue there. Maybe relocate this little guy for the allergic set? Also, there are many showy varieties if you want something a bit more colorful. Look for snapdragons for color or foxglove for natives. You can imagine my vote ;-)