The Summer Solstice was certainly interesting for us this year. For my friends who aren't on Facebook, FH's back went out late Saturday night. He's home from work today, but the rest and a heating pad are helping greatly.
Yesterday once I knew he was settled comfortably I decided to go forth and find a second blanket flower for the garden. A bit of hope that I might find a second pincushion flower was rattling around in there too.
Not only was I successful in both endeavors, I came across two shasta daisies that were just begging to be rescued from the place. It irritates me to see plants at big stores. If places that sold pets treated their wares in the same manner all kinds of laws would be broken. So for me, going to a nursery is like going to the animal shelter. I try to avoid it. But at least with plants I can afford to care for them, unlike the poor creatures at the animal shelter.
Once I decided the shastas were salvagable, I came across a solitary Iceland poppy that was a golden bit of determination and will to live. It still had a glorious bloom and a couple more buds inthe works. At that point I was in for the pound... Two gorgeous lupines and two plants of a domesticate violet also joined the cart.
Fortunately I had done some research and measuring in the front bed before I left and determined I could comfortably add these lovlies to the garden. I still am waiting on the candy tuft and moonbeam coreopsis from Mom and am looking for the right variety of lavender. But for now I'm done.
Once the sunlight starts getting to the far right corner I will get a better picture of the larkspur, lupine, and spiderwort.
The shatas are already starting to perk up, but I'm not sure the poppy and the blanket flowers are happy or not. A few more days will tell. I think I may need to get some mulch too, just to help with keeping moisture in the soil.