Today I am dipping my toes for the first time into the phenomenon called Six On Saturday. For those of you who, like me, were unaware of it, #SixOnSaturday was started by the blogger The Propagator. The invitation is to share six garden things on Saturdays. See more here.
It’s been a tough year for gardening for many people around the world, given the extreme heat waves, flooding, and generally crazy weather patterns. On the west coast of California, we’re dealing with an historic drought. To keep the plants alive, everything is on an efficient drip irrigation system, and we are saving every drop of greywater that we can for the food and habitat plants. So I can’t get too carried away with extravagant flower plantings and any flower bravely holding forth this year is dearly appreciated! Pineapple sage is a tough survivor, smells amazing and loved by hummingbirds and honeybees. Because of our rampant gopher population, we tend to grow flowers in the edges of gopher-protected raised garden beds, to keep company with veggies.
Rose of Sharon is another tough ol’ plant that, while not exactly thriving at the moment, is gracing us with a few beautiful blooms nonetheless.
I’m making a determined effort to grow more butterfly habitat plants, like this zinnia. I was glad to see it providing for the Gulf Fritillaries and honestly, its effusive color is really cheering me up during this challenging year. It began to steal the show as a nearby artichoke retreated for the summer.
These pale sunflowers are really pretty at dusk and are inter-planted with some winter squash and beans.
I always make room for a cosmos or two. This year I’m trying out this white variety in a garden bed that also had early snow peas and kale.
I love this new dahlia I planted last winter in a container. (Mexican sage in background). On a hot day it makes me think of lemon and raspberry sherbet.
Hope you have a lovely rest of your weekend!
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