I dug up all the Dutch Iris bulbs planted here last fall...
...and planted them where I pulled out the Oxalis-infested Dymondia. Hopefully next spring they will grow and flower there.
'Bernarys Giant Mix' Zinnia seeds planted to replace the Iris for this summer. Some hardware-cloth scraps mark the seed location and protect them from various beaks and paws.
Still working on that axial view thing. Noted: a few white sweet pea flowers that appeared are what shows up at a distance. Need white Iris or a white rose and white sweet peas for that tuteur next spring:
The 'Endless Summer' Hydrangea was getting stressed by sun and reflected heat around noon every day. Until it is time to move the Hydrangea, rigging some shade for it corrects the problem. No more drooping:
I'd much rather look at shade cloth and wire fencing than at a badly sunburned Hydrangea with fried flowers and toasted foliage.
In the next photo, a highly visible location where the patch of beige cloth sits once hosted a Centaurea ragusina. Loved and still love Centaurea ragusina, but its eye-arresting white-silver foliage looked wrong there, distracting from everything else. I pulled the Centaurea with much regret, (planting three elsewhere) and stuck some Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' rosettes in the Centaurea's spot.
'Fred' had the opposite effect--in the hot dry location, it was either invisible in the shadow of the Hemerocallis clump, or showing off sun burned leaves. Out shopping for a ceramic pot plate (no luck), I spied freshly stocked 'Little Lucky Lemon Cream' Lantanas. Perfect for the former Centaurea spot: Tough, heat-loving, not thirsty, about the right size at maturity, and attractive without the overwhelming brightness of the Centaurea. Butterflies like it, too.
All the Dymondia/Oxalis mess is out. Now I notice there is too much Day lily foliage. Too repetitive.
Always something, grumble grumble:
Another of the same Lantana into the Dymondia-removed area, covered by a shade cloth and basket for a few days until it settles in. Same hot dry conditions at the edge of the pavement:
A daylily clump or two or three will come out this autumn. I'll replace them with Salvia nemerosa 'Blue Hill' for a contrast in texture, form, and height. Bees like 'Blue Hill' as much as rabbits don't.
Salvia 'Blue Hill''s color goes with everything:
Also the area had an empty place that was occupied by a red Pentas last year. I moved a large pot of Dahlia 'Marble Ball' into said empty place for the summer. The many extra Dahlia purchased this winter will be put to good use--hopefully:
Pondering the Cuphea with the pinky daylily nearby. The pure clear orange Cuphea with the softer muted warm pink of the daylily doesn't seem to work. Once upon a time I was okay with that. Now, unsure. It's getting those little details right that can make a garden the best it can be. Fine tuning.
Daylily color can be tricky to harmonize with other flower colors. At least, for me.
Though the soft colors of the same daylily look quite nice with the soft yellow in the variegated foliage of Lavender 'Meerlo':
A six pack of Ageratum in cells potted up to 4" squares have quickly more than doubled in size in only 10 days. Pondering to create a little river of blue with them, rather than just randomly sticking one here and there, where they will look randomly stuck here and there, lonely.
No apologies for the hardware cloth cylinders around so many plants. Blankety-blank rabbits!
Some of the onion crop curing on the patio. Still a bargain cost wise, compared to grocery store prices.
Done any garden fine-tuning lately?