This is my whining post for the week, maybe.
It's hot. The thermometer on the north side of the house says it's 87 right now. It's sunny with a slight chance of afternoon storms. Because of that, I went yesterday to Weddington just outside Charlotte to meet a fellow GardenWebber, Carrie360. We walked around her gardens and talked. It all started when I asked her to save me some seed from her giant red amaranthus this fall. Well, as luck would have it, she offered me seedlings instead. And lots more.
I got amaranthus, melampodium, rudbeckia triloba (finally, a perennial rudbeckia instead of my floppy annual variety), a couple Verbena bonariensis reseeders, several large clumps of Helianthus angustifolius, perilla, and what may be a salvia coral nymph. I took her some rooted confederate jasmine, a brown turkey fig, a rooted fragrant tea olive, some butterfly bush seedlings, and a couple calycanthus florida seedlings that were wintersown. All in all, it was a very good visit. I'm sure I will be back soon to take cuttings of a hydrangea she has and to collect seeds in the fall from some of her perennials. It's great to finally meet some other gardeners who use some of the same methods I do to grow their plants. Most will be planted out late this evening if my energy level picks back up. Right now, I can only hope to have enough to get a few very wilted plants watered.
Speaking of wilting, the shastas and coreopsis are looking a bit lethargic.
Those in shade are nice and perky. The others will rebound as soon as the sun starts to sink below the trees across the street.
Hairy Balls - Gomphocarpus physocarpus - a host plant for butterflies.
Correction: NOT Hairy Balls. If anyone can identify it, I'd appreciate it.
Thanks Remy! Proboscidea louisianica - Devil's Claw
The confused rose bush.
Red coreopsis. The blooms are just under 1" across. I can't wait to see it in full bloom.
Convolvus tricolor. I tried spring sowing these last year. I got very spindly plants that bloomed once all summer. I wintersowed these this year and had much better luck.
And finally, that painfully slow datura is fixing to bloom. I'm tired of waiting.
I need to get outside to water a few brugs and the sunflowers. I am hoping for rain, but don't expect it until Thursday. And I need a nap. All this heat and walking at work wears a body out. On a personal note, I've dropped below 220lbs for the first time in 8 years. 218 on the scales this morning. Gotta drink a lot of water this summer.