'Zagora' in my old garden - light peachy orange blend
with a dark rose/light burgundy eye.
I also planted most of my porch containers with annuals - cannas, lantana, dianthus, pansies, stock, red salvia, oriental lilies, dahlias, and coleus. I'm having to keep on top of watering the containers since we've had no rain for almost a week, and the temperatures have been in the low 70s during the day.
I also had to cut extra ventilation holes in my winter sown containers. It's warm during the day, and I don't want to cook my seedlings, but it's been in the 40s at night, so it's a bit early to remove the lids entirely. I'm also having to water them daily. I've got lots and lots of seedlings, though, so in a couple weeks I can plant most of them out and free up space on my deck.
Iris 'Striped Butterfly,' which is so lovely. I hope I can nurse
it back to vigorous health since it's been moved.
Finally, I've been moving some stuff around in the garden. Every year I decide that something needs to move for reasons of aesthetics, or because it's not doing as well as I'd like and I think it would do better elsewhere. Today I moved a peony and planted the new ones in their place. I also moved two irises I don't want to lose that were dwindling away - I'm not sure why they weren't happy now when they were thriving two years ago, but a change of location couldn't hurt them and might salvage them. They're both heirloom varieties, 'Striped Butterfly' and 'Meadowlark.' I made room for the new daylilies and the gladiolus, and pulled a bunch of weeds as I went. I also planted two new pots of irises - 'Batik' and 'Edith Wolford.' I had 'Edith Wolford' years ago at the old house, and I missed it, so when I found plants ready to bloom at a local nursery, I bought one. And, I've wanted to plant 'Batik' for years.
Hope springs eternal, especially in the garden.
Iris 'Edith Wolford' at our old house. So lovely, it's really unmistakable.