Gladiolus, Liatris Spicata and Echinacea
The garden is holding up well this week despite a lack of rain or watering. In the northern bed Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) and the first blooms of Liatris Spicata ‘Alba’ (Gayfeather or Blazing Star) and Gladiolus dominate the view.
In the southern bed, sweet peas and pink yarrows are still pretty although the color is fading on the yarrow. Mexican salvia, with its intense blue flower is coming into its own in the southwest end of the bed, while Lantana, with its multicolor flowers, fills out the southeast corner.
Daylilies, which I had many times threatened to pull out completely in an attempt to keep deer away, have persisted and (now that the fence has deterred the deer so far), they may actually bloom this year.
The tradescantia (Virginia Spiderwort) is winding down its long blooming period that started in early April, so I cut down most of it this week. I had never noticed a sensitivity to this plant before, but I developed an itchy red rash on my arms after carrying the trimmings away. The rash lasted a day or so; fortunately the itch lasted only a half-hour or so.
Several Shasta Daisy flowers opened last week but as a group they are blooming very slowly. The Rudbeckia hirta ‘Irish Eyes’ is starting to form buds. Several types of lavender are in flower, which delights the bees. Perovskia (Russian Sage), echinacea and bee balm were introduced last year into some additional areas and they seem to have adapted equally well around the garden.