Last fall I was sitting in the hair salon turning the pages of a magazine and saw the prettiest wreath made of cotton bolls, sort of like this one (from the lovely and talented Layla at the Lettered Cottage). I thought, wow! That’s so creative!
Consequently, I added cotton to the list when I started purchasing seeds to cultivate some my annuals and replenish the kitchen garden. I remember growing a few cotton plants when I was a young girl and they were pretty, compact plants with large attractive flowers. Of course it’s not so easy to just buy a package of standard cotton seeds since it’s an agricultural crop product. I had to get an ornamental variety.
Even better. The dark red foliage will be the perfect complement for a few zinnias. I can never get enough zinnias. All of my seeds germinated quickly this year and will be ready to plant outdoors in just a few weeks.
Later this summer we’ll certainly be enjoying some cotton bouquets around the house and this fall I’ll have my own homesweethomemade version of Layla’s cotton boll wreath.
btw, it’s my birthday today and Cristybella is frosting a cake just now. It’s time to go taste a slice – yum!
Our landscape designer visited this week and brought along a variety of coneflower that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen – a prairie coneflower. So I’m looking forward to seeing those blooms. In the meantime, a few new plants joined the host of blossoms throughout the yard. Below the prolific bottlebrush, covered with honey bees and the buddleia blue chip.
Assorted salvias surrounding the pool with amaryllis and portulaca below.
With warm days and nights here, soil temps are increasing to the point where we should see much more growth and profuse blooms. Aided with a healthy supply of water and nutrients. Nothing about gardening is ever as carefree as it might appear.
Hope you enjoy your weekend!
new bloomers this week, from upper left – geranium, ligustrum, red ruellia, coreopsis. The Yaupon holly tree blooms are just starting to open and honey bees are beginning to cluster around already – it’s definitely their favorite. Next week we’ll see those flowers :)
until then, a little look at the garden pathway after the morning sprinklers
and one of our frequent suet customers, the red bellied woodpecker
I added chopped apple to the bird feeders this morning and some larger chunks along the fence, but only the squirrels have enjoyed them so far. The birds are much less inclined than I thought they’d be.
enjoy this gorgeous weekend!
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