made downright irresistible by rock bottom prices (now I know how "Black Friday" shoppers feel ~ I'm just as euphoric about greenhouse sales!!!) With incredible prices like 4" pots for $2.00 and anything smaller, $1.00 ~ how can the offerings not be checked out? Of course, I did more than check ~ I came home with a gorgeous new pink Dahlia 'Karma Thalia:'
Seen again, nearly translucent in the morning sun, next to another new acquisition ~ Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) 'Ice Ballet:'
'Ice Ballet' was purchased as a replacement for my orange variety (Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly weed) which, unfortunately, did not return this season. Although I had never seen Monarchs on it, I knew I "needed" another. Maybe they will like the white variety better??
There were several more purchases (you knew there had to be more, didn't you?!) which will be planted and featured in future posts. But now there are also new blooms in the garden that I thought you'd enjoy viewing as well. Like Oriental Lily 'Dizzy:'
Three bulbs were planted last fall but only one grew. I can't say I am surprised. I have been really short of bed space and cramming things a bit too tightly. I hope I have the energy for a bed makeover this fall ~ so many plants could use dividing and that would create a bit more much needed space (to once again cram full!!).
For the second year in a row, an Amaryllis has decided to bloom while summering outdoors. Last year it was 'Red Lion,' this year the bud belongs to Cybister Amaryllis 'Night Star:'
There must be something to the fresh air and fertilizer that stimulates blooms out of season? or maybe it happens when they don't bloom during "season" which 'Night Star' did not?
The bees continue to give Veronicastrum virginiana a work-out:
Good thing it's more than happy to oblige.
Lastly, look what showed up in my window well today ~ a bull snake:
He doesn't look very big here ~ I had guessed 3 to 4 feet until we tried to remove him ~ when he uncoiled he was more like 5 or 6 feet! In case you're wondering what happened to him upon removal, he was set free to eat more garden pests (hopefully the furry variety). Too bad I can't train him to leave the toads alone...