Today Peggy Sheets is showing us what happened in her garden in May.
It’s late May in southern Mississippi, and I spied a camellia blossom (crazy this late in the year), which got me snapping a few more photos.
Gardening is my passion, and I’m fortunate to have a manageable-sized yard with lots of shade to ward off the hot summer sun. Most of my garden is in my white picket-fenced front yard, so I get to meet passersby while I’m outside. “There’s that sweaty old lady!”
Blossom on Hosta ‘Leola Fraim’. Usually we grow hostas for the foliage, but the flowers can be pretty nice too.
I’ve been thrilled with the fuzzy Bolivian sage (Salvia oxyphora, Zones 8–11) and saw where Fine Gardening recommends it too. Here it is blooming with tall verbena (Verbena bonariensis, Zones 7–11).
I love daylilies and shook my head at the Let’s Argue About Plants podcast demeaning them a bit. Who can resist such beauty! (Editor’s note: Having different opinions is half of the fun of talking about plants!) This is Hemerocallis ‘Colonel Mustard’.
Another daylily, Hemerocallis ‘Early Frost’
Stokes asters (Stokesia laevis, Zones 5–9) are wonderful too. They like it down here in this hot, humid area, even with damp soil.
Huey the dog eating zinnia leaves. My dogs help in the yard too. Every dog I’ve ever had (all dachshunds) loves to eat zinnia leaves and hibiscus flowers. Has anyone else had this happen? The birds and butterflies are happy here too. While inside typing, I’m watching a pair of cardinals, house finches, and a red-headed woodpecker. And the greedy grackles.
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’ (‘Bluebird’ lace-cap hydrangea, Zones 5–9)
I go overboard with creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9), but it seems to make everything look better. I get so excited to see how plants weave together. Garden surprises are the best!
I love Gerber daisies (Gerbera sp.) too. I had some in a pot last spring with Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’. When they stopped blooming, the pot was moved to a hidden spot without care, and it continued to flourish. I’ve transplanted the arrangement to the ground now.
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