Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Month of May



This year we are trying a few heirloom and unusual varieties of tomatoes. This is a Black Krim tomato from the Crimea region. Before we transplanted this seedling we placed an egg in the hole. I'm sold on the egg suggestion and will do that next year with all of the tomato plants. It's not Memorial Day yet and look at the size of that tomato. We are in hardiness zone 7b-8a Texas.

The strong winds and heavy rain caused damage to many of the taller plants and trees. The tomato plants suffered damage and it will be a matter of time to see how much we will lose. Our local municipal service is really on top of aiding homeowners. They called with an automated voice mail letting us know they will have additional trucks to pick up all the tree debris. They directed us to call and request a truck when we have the branches at the curb and we don't even have to tie the bundles together. Not bad.
Daylilies  and Larkspur

The daylilies are blooming late this year, while other flowers have bloomed early. I always relate Mother's Day and daylilies.  It might be a misperception or the cool and rainy spring we are having. That is why I often revisit journals from earlier years to make comparisons and take new notes. 
The daylily bed is full of yellow daylilies and blue larkspur. The larkspur come up first, spread by seed and the daylilies are just starting to awaken. I love the color combination of the larkspur and daylily. At the outer and lower edge of this bed I have rock rose. The rock rose don't seem to thrive at this site. Given time, we'll see if there are improvements with a little patience.

Oleander is beautiful but it is very poisonous and should be used with caution around pets.

This penta loves the full sun location in the backyard. I was so pleased to receive this as a gift from my daughter since much of the phlox succumbed to powdery mildew. I hope this isn't a precursor to what will happen to the monarda that is coming on gang busters. I do have the "Peter's Purple" monarda and that is more resistant to powdery mildew than many of the other bee balms.  

New this year is the Cuban oregano growing with the lemon oregano. Both have been attacked by the four-lined beetle. The beetle leaves grayish brown damage on the upper most leaves.
Bruce plums are wine-red medium to large fruit that ripen in late May to June.

Island sea oats is perfect to define the southern edge of a bed underneath oaks. It tolerates the dappled sun and accentuates a curving edge with a large seasonal pot,  shell ginger, purple oxalis and two well established abelias. It grows in clumps, about three feet tall before the lovely arching stalks fall over like a beautiful fountain.

Mahonia has lost most of its berries and added a new layer of height. 


Visit: June's Maroons

This May garden post includes photographs from my May garden. I tried to find a "new to me plant" to learn about and share.  Join host, Carol, and others at May Dreams Garden for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.  Join in and share your May garden delights and visit with other gardeners throughout the world.

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