The wind was howling last night! Reports were of straight winds up to 70 mph. We had no hail here, though there was large hail reported in Fort Worth. We live in Grand Prairie, between Dallas and Fort Worth.
Some of the plants, like this bloom on Mermaid, were looking a little tattered; but overall the garden fared well, and just appreciated the rain. Mermaid is planted right at the edge of the patio, and I plan to train her up along the edge of the patio cover.
I have the above rose labled as Candeur Lyonnaise - but I don't think that can be right. I could have sworn it had white flowers on it last year. I moved some plants around, so I must have gotten confused. Oh well - whatever her name - the roses are awesome. The yellow in the center didn't show up well on the photo.
Hot cocoa is one of my favorites, and is doing so much better this year than last. This year I see hardly any blackspot on her.
The iris continue their show. This is one I got at the Dave's Garden swap at Trinity Park in Fort Worth.
I thought that the verbena was choking out my iris, because they were looking so scraggly - so I took most of them up. Didn't get around to this section - and as good as they are looking, obviously I didn't need to move them! Oh well.
I can hardly believe all the buds on Teasing Georgia! Amazing.
Once Graham Thomas begins to bloom, his yellow roses are going to look even more amazing this year with a purple clematis climbing among his branches!
The dark foliage on the Knockout roses really sets off the blooms. In the beginning I was snobby about the knockouts; because I didn't think their flowers were as pretty as some of the other bushes. Now I am really impressed with them, because they put on such an amazing show, absolutely covering the bushes with blooms.
This is a view from the front door to the corner. I love the effect, weeds and all. I feel like I live in a meadow.
The lavender, about to burst into bloom, gives that effect in the back yard. When I walk past it, I seldom resist the urge to linger and enjoy her fragrance. It has not bloomed before, so I am very excited to see the buds.
Altissimo is a climbing rose next to the gate. The brilliance of the blooms on this tiny bush really impress me. I am in awe just imagining what she will be like as she climbs up the trellis Tom made.
But the absolute star of the show today is Ink Spots. What an amazing rose! Ink Spots is in the row of red roses I planted for Tom for Valentine's Day a year ago.
I unabashedly confess that I am in love with my garden.