Early Morning In The Garden

The severe winter was rough on this Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ but I cut it all the way back in early spring. It has been looking strong ever since. There are flowers, but I became distracted by the colorful young leaves this morning.

Euphorbia 'Blackbird' (Spurge)

Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ (Spurge)

Euphorbia 'Blackbird' (Spurge)

Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ (Spurge)

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ is barely blooming this summer, but a few were encouraged to give it try after this week’s rain.

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

While I was photographing the Black and Blue saliva a handsome dragonfly landed nearby for several seconds before dashing off.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

The heat suits the zinnias just fine. This one looked particularly fresh in the morning light.

Zinnia In Early Morning Sunshine

Zinnia In Early Morning Sunshine

27 thoughts on “Early Morning In The Garden

  1. bittster

    Early morning seems to be the best time to be out there. That’s a cool dragonfly shot, I can never get up close enough and mine are decidedly less colorful!

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  2. Pauline

    What a fantastic dragonfly, he is so handsome! Early morning is the best time in the garden before it gets too hot and the light is much better for photos. Your salvia is beautiful too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Pauline. I haven’t seen many dragonflies this year so was happy to get a couple of photos. Yes, early morning in the garden is very best.

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  3. Chloris

    Lovely early morning shots of beautiful plants. That dragon fly is amazing, I thought he was a garden ornament at first.
    What a gorgeous Zinnia. I must grow some next year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Chloris. The dragonfly chose an old dried up daylily stalk to perch on, but he didn’t like it when I tried to get closer. The zinnia is remarkable at this early stage. I think ones like this must be opening up pink eventually.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, the Euphorbia is in a pot on the patio in full sun. I don’t have much shade, but in the old Chapel Hill gardens Euphorbias are under the huge old trees. Have been reluctant to plant it out into the garden as I’ve read it can spread and also that they can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Have you had any problem with either?

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  4. Stephi

    It’s been interesting to seethe the things that were affected by the harsh winter. Some of the plants look fine, then have hardly any flowers. The zinnia is beautiful- such unusual colors.

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      1. Stephi

        I’m in Chicago and the winter really did a lot of damage to many plants. Thankfully it hasn’t been an equally harsh summer so most things have had a chance to recover.

  5. Christina

    The Zinnias look like something to add to my list for the cuttings garden, the one you show is beautiful. I like to be in the garden early too, either to work or to take photographs.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The zinnias are one of the few things adding color in my garden right now, although it took them until mid-July to open. Should last until early Oct though.

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  6. Cathy

    A lovely salvia Susie. And a nice shot of the dragonfly. We occasionally get them in our garden too, although there’s no water here.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy I love that black and blue salvia but it’s not very happy this summer. I’ve seen only a couple of dragonflies this summer and was glad this one came by when it did.

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  7. Julie

    Its good that your Euphorbia has survived, the leaves are a beautiful colour. Cracking shot of the Dragonfly Susie, it looks very unusual, those chance encounters are quite special.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’ve had that Euphorbia several years now and certainly would have had to run out and replace it had it not survived. I’m still happy about the dragonfly encounter Julie.

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