Floral Miscellany N' Things

'Lady Emma Hamilton'

Just some floral miscellany and stuff.  Suddenly the roses are in their second major flush of the year, and the garden looks quite good.  In early July, the heat will begin to take its toll on the garden, and it won't look good again until September. 
Saliva 'Hot Lips'
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I used to be diligent about deadheading the Gaillardia, until I realized I was depriving Lesser Goldfinches of food.  Now I leave most of the dead-heads.  They get eaten.  Lesser Goldfinch isn't quite as intensely colored as American Goldfinch.
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Aloe 'Cynthia Gitty' feeds a hummer:
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Before the garden hardscape was finished, I could not resist planting a cheap bag of gladiolas. They still appear here and there in the garden 14 years later.  Sometimes, they manage not to fall over.
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Milkweed in terrible shape.  It is the servant of bugs.  It cares not what it looks like. 
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Itty-bitty newly hatched Western Fence Lizard, lounging on a warm rubber hose.  Including tail, perhaps 2" (5 cm) long. 
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And the first flowers of the year from Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) 'Dynamite'
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June can be very pretty.  How could I forget that?
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  1. Glorious flowers dear Hoover, your garden looks amazing and I love the little lizard and the birds, how sweet they are.
    xoxoxo ♡

    1. Thank you Dianne. The garden would not be what it was without the birds and lizards.

  2. June in your garden is indeed very pretty. And I love the tiny lizard, he's adorable.

    1. Thanks Alison. We are so lucky to have the lizards here. I love them.

  3. That dahlia shot is just yummy! Lovely color, texture and composition. Magnifique! Wish I could grow roses like yours but this just isn't the climate for them. One is always battling the winter for the roses here.

    1. Thank you. I envy your potted arrangements, which here simply shrivel in the dry heat. Every climate has its pluses and minuses.

  4. Wonderful photos, especially of the tiny goldfinch under a flower umbrella. It looks like an illustration from a children's storybook!


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