Sunday, June 15, 2008

GBBD, Father’s Day, and my birthday, all on the same day.

How lucky can I get? All three events on the same date! We are having a party in my garden to honor MOI. I don’t know much of the details since it's a semi-surprise.
The DragonFly garden is doing well this June 15. The constant rain of the past few days has reinvigorated the grass and all my plants (as well as the weeds). Summer is the super growing season around here. I swear if you stare at a plant long enough, you can see it grow.

My feature flowers this month are:

My Night Bloomer was on que last night; I think it knew it was my birthday weekend! These are the first blooms of the season. These pictures were taken at 8am this morning and by 10am, they already had wilted.

The Gardenia has been blooming for the last couple of weeks but the plant is not doing well. The leaves are yellowish and the blooms are smaller this year.

This is the newest container in my front garden. I planted the summer annual, white Purslane, and a Pinwheel Jasmine shrub.

I purchased this bromeliad yesterday for my new bromeliad bed in the front garden. More details on this bed in my next post.

The Thryallis, a summer favorite around here, is in full bloom.

The Yellow Lantana’s by the side of the street are doing well despite all the rain.

I love the strong color on this bougainvillea. This is one of three bougainvilleas I have growing in containers, which allows me to better control the growth.

And, finally, the Blue Plumbago is beginning to bloom this month.

PS – If either of my daughters are reading this blog, a word of warning--I am not settling for just one gift on Fathers/birthday day!


Wicked Gardener said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a chance to enjoy it.

My LIttle Family: said...

I have added you as a link on my blog so that I can follow bromeliad garden. I started one recently too. Mine is suffering from too much sun and heat because I believe I planted it at the wrong time of year. Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


verobirdie said...

Happy birthday to you!
I'm sure your garden has made a special effort for you today :-)
It is beautiful!

gintoino said...

A (bit late) happy birthday! You garden looks great as usual, so tropical :-)

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday and I am sure you had a super day!I love the bougainvillea, not to mention the rangoon creeper. My Blue Plumbago is also now starting to bloom.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

LOL, hope you had lots of presents from your daughters, both for your birthday and father's day. Your garden is looking great for GBBD Rusty!

Sarah said...

I hope you had a great birthday!

I love the flowers - the rangoon creeper is gorgeous.

I wish I could have a bromeliad garden, but I don't think that's going to happen in Minnesota!

Cheryl said...

Hope you had a lovely birthday and fathers day Rusty.
Beautiful blooms especially the blue plumbago. Does not do well here at all due to frosts.

Looks like the gardenia might need feeding....when the leaves discolour like that there is usually some mineral needed. I am not familiar with gardenia so can't help you on what it might need. Hope that is useful.

Carlos said...

That night blooming cactus is extraordinary. Would you by any chance happen to know the true name? I would love to add one to my garden. Thanks!