|'Profusion Cherry' photo from linehanqazuc.livejournal.com|
To me, the purpose of annuals is for color when the perennials are not yet blooming. But I don't tend to grow a lot of annuals. The two main reasons for this are: I am cheap, and I am lazy. Annuals usually need to be purchased every year. A person could start them from seed, which would be cheaper, but them you either have to a) start them inside early and plant them out when they are ready (and the weather is right) or, b) sow the seeds directly outside and then wait for them to come up. Planning ahead and waiting are not 2 things that I care for. So, I would typically buy them at the garden center (spending money for plants that are guaranteed to die in the fall), and then would have to plant them all. So I save annuals for containers, and have significantly scaled back on those now as well, since the perennials are starting to fill in so nicely. I like geraniums (Pelargonium), dusty miller, zinnias, pansies, and a few others.
What's blooming now in the garden? Glad you asked. Here are some photos taken yesterday. Enjoy and let me know what you thought of the A-Z challenge!
|new little irises - free from the plant swap last spring|
|The vinca is blooming in the stump garden|
|Bleeding heart shrubs (seriously - they are huge!) in the stump garden|
|Front garden - mini daffodils and hyacinth with creeping Jenny and Lamb's ear|