They say patience is a virtue. To be honest it was never one of my greatest strengths. I’ve learned to be more patient via gardening. For example, I got a late start planting seeds for my Blackeyed Susan vine and just noticed buds had formed a day or so ago. Last night I was happy to see the first bud had opened. What a happy little bloom! I have never grown this annual vine in my garden so it was nice to try something new to me. Several of my blogging buddies out there suggested this as a good option to grow on my “TV Antenna” turned trellis in the new garden this season. I was sure I may have waited too long to plant the seeds, but obviously not because it’s starting to bloom and has almost completely covered the entire structure. On another note, in yesterday’s post I mentioned that I moved my Butterfly Weed into a new location because it wasn’t doing well. Actually it didn’t help that Spaz stepped on it several times in her attempts to catch squirrels. 🙂 Anyhow, I moved it and it is adjusting fine to its’ new home. In fact, on my inspection of the garden last evening not only did I notice the Blackeyed Susan bloom, but another surprise. Look at this little guy who was happily munching away on my Butterfly Weed. Is this a Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar? It looks like it to me, which means my Milkweed had eggs on it after all and they are hatching. After inspecting it again I saw a few caterpillars on it as well. There is so much activity on that plant, it is like a miniature universe. The Aphids seem to be in less abundance on the Milkweed and I noticed a few on the Butterfly weed too. Anyhow, it looks like I have a couple other plants that should be blooming soon so I have more new things to anticipate. This Canna was a pass-a-long plant from a neighbor. I traded her some of my burgundy Cannas in exchange for this green variety name unknown. This bud has been forming for several days now and there is a brief glimpse of the flower color showing right above the stem. Does that look like a hint of yellow peeking through to you? Maybe the flower on this one will be something worth keeping. The burgundy Cannas have these nothing special red blooms that I cut off. I prefer the foliage on them to the flowers. Some of the less hardy Cannas do have really pretty flowers though. Once it opens I promise to post a picture of it. Maybe it will be open for next Bloomin’ Tuesday. Another plant that should be blooming really soon is my new addition Lantana ‘Miss Huff ‘, she has several new flower buds. Sorry this picture wasn’t more clear. They have a orange outer color with a deep pink in the center. This should be a great addition to my new garden bed. I have planted a lot of butterfly & hummingbird attracting plants in this area of the garden. ‘Miss Huff ‘ is a favorite source of nectar for both of these species. Just when you think the end of summer is here there is all this new stuff to anticipate for the fall and next season in the garden.
Some things are worth the wait…