We’ve had rain all day. Nothing torrential, or sideways, or anything exciting/annoying like that. Just rain, enough to water things well, to clean off the pollen and give everything a good soaking. The cucumber seedlings seem especially satisfied. It’s always welcome this time of year, and I appreciated a few more minutes to sleep in this gray morning, instead of getting up to water everything on the deck.
You can see in the big planter (center) that the morning glories and cosmos are growing nicely there. It’s the planter down and to the right that’s on my mind tonight, though. The lantana (yellow) is starting it’s third summer on the deck and is now happily in full bloom. The red million-bells petunias are starting to do their thing and there’s a legion of white allyssum growing happily around the edges, but not in bloom yet.
I’ve been uncertain about my big petunia selection this year. I don’t always go for stripey flowers, often preferring the look of solid colored blooms, and I really wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about them. Maybe I think they look somehow artificial, although I’ve also been pretty sure that by the time they’d come ’round to full bloom, I’ll have softened my opinion and fallen for them. My favorite flower, after all, is usually the one that’s blooming right in front of me.
But look what’s happened down at the other end of the planter: while the standard look of these petunias tends toward purple flowers with a white stripe through each petal, this particular plant (or perhaps uniquely this blossom) is decidedly white, with little fringes of purple here and there. It’s a nice change of pace, I think.
So now I’m intrigued. Will alternative patterns to the design come only from this plant? Is a variety of random appearances something I can look forward to from the other plants, as well? I like that idea. Suddenly, there’s a feeling of suspense about the season before us that wasn’t there before.
In other deck garden news, I call your attention to my herb planter. Primarily (from farthest to closest) there’s cilantro, chives and oregano. But I see different things in here, too. I did plant some marigold seeds, but there are other seedlings coming in which I don’t recognize yet, as well.
They look familiar, but I’ve not quite figured them out yet. Amnesty’s the rule for now, until I can make proper IDs. There’s always time for transplanting/weeding later.
Meanwhile, the Charleston irises are continuing with their blooming (these may be the last hurrah, flower-wise), but look how well they’ve held up through a day of rain. Sometimes irises get that cake-out-in-the-rain thing pretty quickly, but these guys are still looking great.