Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hot Days in the Sandbox

yellows and orange collage
It has been hot and dry the last couple of weeks in the Sandbox.  The grass is already turning brown and crispy.  It was only a few weeks ago that we were exclaiming that the lawn looked pretty good because of all the rain.   How quickly things change when you garden on sandy soil.
I thought showing you what is in bloom at the moment would be easier in collages.   The first one is Daylily ‘Many Happy Returns”, a lovely peach one that I bought at a garden sale with no name, Daylily, ‘Stella D’Oro’, Echinacea ‘Mango Meadowbright’ and the hardy cactus.

Hot colours collage
Hot colours just seem to suit the atmosphere in a hot garden in full sun.    They just seem to scream “Here I am”.
In the top left is Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early’, Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya”, Gaillardia, Coreopsis, and Yarrow ‘Moonbeam’.

Daisy mosaic
I love Daisies and I grow a few varieties of them.    The first in this mosaic is a pink painted daisy with friend, a new variety of Daisy by the name of ‘Banana Cream’ which I have observed blooms a lovely soft butter yellow but as it ages it turns white,  a double Daisy that I have lost the tag for and the very common but not unwelcome Oxeye Daisy.

I hope you enjoyed a small look at the flowers blooming in the Sandbox.  I will be joining Carole at May Dreams Garden for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day held the 15th of each month. 


Ashley Sisk said...

So many beauties...since I don't have anything so pretty in my yard, I'll just admire these. Actually, we do have pretty flowers, just nothing too crazy.

ZZ's Garden said...

That bee looks like it's having fun! Nice pics!

Pondside said...

Beautiful shots!
We haven't had much heat out here yet. I'm waiting for that perfect combination of heat and water that will set the garden rocketing to splendour - it always happens much later here than on the mainland.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful collages... I was drawn especially to the daises--probably because of their cool colors on this hot July day :) Thanks for sharing!

Landscape Design By Lee said...

Thank you for visiting and I am glad I came over to see your gardens as well. You have a lovely mix of colors so bright and vibrant and the daisys especially are beautiful! Happy GBBD!

Birdwoman said...

Lovely garden. I enjoyed my visit!

Georgianna said...

Hi Val,

Lovely photos – so much color you have in your garden and all the varieties of daisies are so sweet! You remind me I must plant echinacea!

Even our lawn dries out quickly after only a week without rain. I guess I should be happy we have it right now as D is out of town and I don't have to water. :)

How is it going with Lensbaby? – g