Another cool night, the temperature when I got out of bed for the third time was about 65 degrees. It's 70 and sunny now. High today should reach 85.
In the yard, I planted two camellias I paid full price for. One is a japonica, the other a sasanqua. Don't ask me which is which, I've already forgotten. The red one had two plants in the same container, so I divided them before planting. It means a thinner shrub, but I can prune it later in life.
Meanwhile, I was enjoying the fragrance of the Osmanthus fragranseseses...however you make that plural. They didn't bloom this spring, but are really making up for it now. The whole house and yard smells delicious. Forgive the blur, my camera was not cooperating. I tried several times.
The wintersown butterfly bushes are blooming. I sowed seeds collected from 'Profusion White', my own no name purple, and Jackie's 'Black Knight'. I planted most of them around the edge of the yard. I'll collect seeds again this year, but will take cuttings of this one in particular. The true color is a deep magenta. It's got a touch of red in the morning sun.
Most range from light purple to lilac to the same purple I already had. A few came out white.
The last ones planted in the shrub island are the largest. The leaves really do hold moisture.
Remember when I said I wouldn't plant anything else in the shrub island until later this fall? Yeah, I knew I was lying when I said it too. It's filling in nicely. I'm hoping a few of the rooted gardenias find a home in this space. Silverberry cuttings are not doing well, but I hope one or two make it. I think I'm going to need a bigger bed.