Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Azaleas & Lavender - Our May Garden
May is a beautiful time in the garden- two of my favorite flowers put on their beautiful show- Azaleas and Lavender. My favorite azaleas are the deciduous variety-I just love their colors. I have had azaleas in every garden I have ever had - I look forward to their flowers every year- a sign that summer is just around the corner.
Another favorite flower of mine is Lavender. I just love this plant- the smell is so peaceful, both the flower and the blue gray leaves look wonderful in the garden. The center of my backyard garden is a globe spruce surrounded by lavender. My lavender patch is always full of all different types of bees- anyone who knows me well, knows that I have never been stung by a bee, and am quite frightened of being stung. For some reason the bees on the lavender do not scare me- they are peaceful- and they happily buzz away while they work.
This year my lavender patch will need some repair, due to my lab puppy Zoey who loves leaping through it- she has broken quite a few of the stems, and I will have to replant a few this year. I just hope her fondness for the lavender doesn't get her stung- now that they are blooming, and covered in bees, every time she bounds in- you can see upset bees trying to get out of her way- so far she has been too fast to be stung- but the baking soda and Benedryl are standing by.
Another of my favorite plants in bloom, that I plant in my rock garden by the moss, is Thrift. I have always loved Thrift's happy pink Blossoms- perfect plants for rock gardens- it is a perennial that will slowly grow larger every year- I try to put a new one in every year.
The vegetable starts are doing well. I have been working on hardening them off, they should be ready for the garden beds by June. Last week I planted my green beans, and summer squash, can't wait to watch them sprout. Hope everyone is having a beautiful late spring.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been hit with Tornadoes- God be with you.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8